Anchorage museum director Pepper Henry to move to the Heard Museum

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center Director and CEO James Pepper Henry has resigned effective July 5, to become executive director and CEO of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz.

During his six-year tenure at the Anchorage Museum, Pepper Henry oversaw the completion of the museum’s $110 million 80,000 square-foot expansion, including the debut of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center exhibition space and the Imaginarium Discovery Center.

The Anchorage Museum Association will begin a search for a new CEO of the association and the museum.

The Heard Museum is a private, nonprofit organization that educates visitors about the art and cultures of Native people of the Southwest. Learn more at .

The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science. Learn more at


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