Attorney Looking Into Museum of Art and Craft Resignations

by Gabe Bullard on April 19, 2011

An attorney is looking into this week’s management change at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

After weeks of negotiations, the museum’s board of directors asked museum director Kevin O’Brien and deputy director Brion Clinkingbeard to resign. Attorney Kenneth Handmaker says he’s been asked to look into the situation to see if the action was appropriate.

“I find it a strange situation for an organization that relies on public funding and contributions to treat its long-time executives with stellar job performance records to be treated in a manner such as this, i.e. being fired.”

Handmaker says he’s only looking into the resignations and has not taken any official action. Board member Martha Slaughter told WFPL yesterday that O’Brien and Clinkingbeard hadn’t done anything wrong, but that the museum would like to move in a more progressive, modern direction.

Slaughter did not return a request for comment today. Another official at the museum said this is a personnel matter and declined to comment. O’Brien and Clinkingbeard were unavailable for comment.

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