Orange County Museum of Art officials have appointed chief curator Dan Cameron as the museum's interim director and CEO while the search continues for a new full-time leader.

Cameron will take the post Jan. 1, replacing outgoing director Dennis Szakacs, who announced in September that he will step down at the end of the year.

"As we near the end of Dennis' tenure at the museum and thank him for his many contributions and exceptional leadership, we are grateful that Dan has agreed to step into the director's position and maintain the momentum that OCMA has gained in recent years," museum president Craig Wells said in a news release Thursday.

Cameron joined the museum as curator in January 2012. Among his projects has been the museum's inaugural California-Pacific Triennial exhibit, which opened this summer and featured works from 15 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.

—Michael Miller