The "Star Wars" filmmaker has tapped the current president of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas to lead his planned
Bacigalupi will initially focus on the planning, organization and construction of the museum, according to the official announcement released Monday. His appointment was made by the museum's board of directors, of which Lucas serves as chairman.
"Don shares my vision for building an education-focused, world-class museum that expands public understanding and appreciation of narrative art," Lucas said in the announcement.
Bacigalupi joined the Crystal Bridges Museum in 2009 and most recently served as its president. (Crystal Bridges, which was founded by Wal-Mart heiress
He will remain a member on the Crystal Bridges board of directors, according to the announcement from the Lucas museum.
In the announcement, Bacigalupi said he is "honored and excited to be joining the Lucas Museum as its Founding President, and I look forward to working with George and the Board to bring to life an inspiring museum that will expand our awareness and appreciation of the central role of narrative art in our culture."
The Lucas museum is expected to be built on Chicago's lakefront museum campus, which also serves as home to the
Last week, an environmental group filed a lawsuit against the museum in federal court, saying that it would disrupt the ecosystem of the lakefront area.