Guild Hall announced today that Andrea Grover has been named as its next Executive Director. Grover assumes her new position as of September 1, 2016. Andrea Grover is currently the Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Museum and the curator of the current ground breaking exhibition "Radical Seafaring." Grover succeeds Ruth Appelhof who has led Guild Hall for the last 16 years and retires this fall. The announcement was made by Marty Cohen, Chair of Guild Hall’s Board of Trustees. A full news story will follow shortly.

“Andrea’s extensive experience, accomplishments and local standing make her the ideal person to take the reins of Guild Hall and lead us into the future,” stated Cohen in the announcement. “She brings a dynamic vision along with insightful knowledge of our ever-evolving community.”

Andrea Grover has served as Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum since 2011. For The Parrish, Grover spearheaded numerous contemporary art initiatives, programs and exhibitions and attracted new support from individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors. Initiatives include the site-responsive exhibition series Parrish Road Show and Platform and the PechaKucha Nights events and others. Her current tour de force is "Radical Seafaring," a survey that spots a new art movement of artist interfacing with water that draws a parallel with the Land Art Movement. Click here to read an interview with Grover on the making of the exhibition and the reveal of Water Art Movement.

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Nancy Hardy and Andrea Grover at a Parrish benefit in 2014. Photo by Tom Kochie.

Nancy Hardy and Andrea Grover at a Parrish benefit in 2014. Photo by Tom Kochie.

Grover has an extensive background contributing to arts and cultural organizations. In 1998, she founded Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas and directed the center for film, video and new media performance for 10 years. She's served as a special advisor to arts foundations including Creative Capital, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Prior to coming to the East End, she was a Warhol Curatorial Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, and in 2013 she was awarded a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellowship with a residency at Walker Art Center. Click here for Andrea Grover's website.

Guild Hall presents art, culture and education from its long-standing home in East Hampton. Founded over 80 years ago, Guild Hall features an art museum, performance arts center, an education center and outdoor sculpture garden. Guild Hall is dedicated to serving the community and artists of the East End through exhibitions, programming, events and education.

On the exhibition front, Guild Hall Museum presents a year-round exhibition schedule including its popular Artists Members Exhibition and blockbuster exhibitions each summer. This summer is espically noteworthy as both shows break new ground. Currently on view is "Peter Beard: Last Word From Paradise." On view through July 24, 2016, the exhibition is Peter Beard's first museum show in 15 years.

Next up is "Aspects of Minimalism" (August 13 - October 10, 2016) which explores, for the first time on the East End, the importance and range of Minimalism and its influence on art examined through artists prominent in the movement. These include Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter. Most works will be on view in public for the first time, according the museum.

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org.

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