Kaneko is again searching for an executive director.
David Thompson, who was hired to lead the nonprofit arts organization in July, resigned Friday.
Both parties agreed to part ways at a meeting last week, said Bob Schlott, a Kaneko board member. He said they agreed that the organization needed a better fit.
Kaneko will soon launch a national search for a new executive director. Schlott said the board does not have a set timeline for the new hire.
“What's most important is we find someone we think shares a vision of what we're wanting to accomplish with Kaneko,” he said. “Urgency is not a priority.”
In hiring Thompson last summer, Kaneko had ended a search that began in March 2012.
Thompson, a Bellevue native and graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, had returned to the state after 25 years in Chicago. Before taking the job at Kaneko, he worked as a consultant for nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, he was an associate dean for humanities at the University of Chicago and practiced securities and intellectual property law.
His resignation leaves Kaneko searching for a new leader as it continues to expand its facility at 1111 Jones St.
The organization is in the midst of a $4 million campaign to fund an atrium and new entryway to its building. Another planned expansion will serve as the home of the nonprofit's art collection.
Last year, the organization completed a $1 million expansion that created a new reception area, additional restrooms and added gallery space, along with renovations to existing galleries.
Kaneko operations director Mike Echternacht will step into an interim leadership role, Schlott said, with active involvement from the organization's board.
Kaneko was established in 1998 by internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko and his wife, Ree, a founder of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
Since then, the organization has hosted a variety of events, including speakers and performances, and opened an in-house library dedicated to “the stimulation and growth of creativity.”