Guild Hall of East Hampton has named Andrea Grover as Executive Director, effective September 1, 2016. The announcement was made by Marty Cohen, Chair of Guild Hall’s Board of Trustees. Grover has served as the Parrish Art Museum’s Curator of Special Projects since September 2011.
“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,” Cohen said. “She brings a dynamic vision along with insightful knowledge of our ever-evolving community.”
In her role at the Parrish, Grover has spearheaded contemporary art initiatives, curated many successful exhibitions, including this summer’s blockbuster Radical Seafaring show, and attracted new support from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors. In addition, she has created programs that engaged the local community, including residents, artists, businesses and government, while simultaneously garnering national press coverage, Guild Hall said, explaining her accomplishments.
In 1998 Grover founded Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas. She directed this center for film, video and new media performance for 10 years. Since that time, she has served as a special advisor for arts foundations like 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.
Andrea succeeds Ruth Appelhof who has led Guild Hall as Executive Director for the last 16 years and will retire this fall.