The Kirkland, the museum that moved a building, gets another director

Renée Albiston was promoted to the newly created position.

Vance Kirkland's studio rolls past the Capitol on Nov. 6, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Vance Kirkland's studio rolls past the Capitol on Nov. 6, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The founding director of the Kirkland Museum is getting a partner to help him run the show.

In a statement Monday, the museum said longtime staff member Renée Albiston had been promoted to the new position of associate director. Albiston and Hugh Grant, who founded the Kirkland in 2003 and also is its curator, will lead the museum together.

Albiston has been with the Kirkland in a variety of roles since 2011, most recently as director of curatorial affairs.

The museum is named for painter Vance Kirkland, who left most of his estate to Grant, a family friend, when he died in 1981. The museum’s collection includes Kirkland’s work as well as an extensive collection of decorative art and pieces from around Colorado.

The museum initially opened at Kirkland’s studio at 1311 Pearl St. When the museum built a new facility at 1201 Bannock St., a truck moved Kirkland’s studio west to be part of the larger complex.

Correction: This article was updated to correct an error by the reporter. This version corrects Vance Kirkland’s first name.

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