Printed Matter, the Chelsea-based nonprofit organization devoted to artist books, just announced the resignation of James Jenkin, its executive director. Mr. Jenkin will depart following Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair on Feb. 5, 2014, after two years on the job. According to the news release, he “will be joining the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, a newly expanded initiative of the Clinton Foundation, as the director of enterprise management. There he will help oversee the management of new social enterprises that aim to provide economic opportunities for underserved communities globally.”
“While I have loved my time here and am saddened to be leaving, the chance to work with the Clinton Foundation presents a unique opportunity to put my strengths to use in a way that I hope will have a significant impact,” stated Mr. Jenkin in the release. “It is an exciting time for Printed Matter and I look forward to seeing how the organization continues to grow under new leadership.”
Printed Matter’s board of directors has formed a committee to search for a new executive director. Whomever takes the job will have big shoes to fill: during his tenure Mr. Jenkin reduced the organization’s debt, launched a new website, increased sales of artist publications, published more books and multiples and expanded its exhibition program.