Mark Sloan has been with the Halsey Institute since 1994 | Ruta Smith file photo

Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, announced today that he is retiring at the end of the year.

“It has been a grand adventure so far, and a privilege to serve as the director for Charleston’s contemporary art museum and to watch the concomitant explosion of contemporary arts programming throughout the region over these last two and-a-half decades,” he said in a statement Friday.

Sloan has been a museum curator for 37 years, receiving his current position as director and head curator at the Halsey in 1994. According to his statement announcing his retirement, 245 shows have been hosted at the Halsey under Sloan’s leadership. In 2012, the state gave Sloan and the Halsey the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for its art initiative throughout the state.

Sloan informed the City Paper over email that he had planned his retirement for “some time” and that he “felt the timing was right.” In addition, he hired younger staff in the last few years preparing for the day he would retire. “I hired whippersnappers to replace me,” he said. “Bright, ambitious young curators with a clear vision and terrific administrative chops.”

“They are innovators and critical thinkers who imagine impacts far beyond the gallery’s walls,” Sloan added about the staff. “They have the tools and connections to make even greater things happen for the City of Charleston and the region. I could not be more thrilled for the future of the organization in these capable hands.”