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Southampton Arts Center Names Tom Dunn as Executive Director

Tom Dunn.


Southampton Arts Center on the East End of Long Island in New York has named Tom Dunn as the center’s first-ever executive director. Dunn previously worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as part of a senior management team that presided over a $1.2 billion redevelopment of Lincoln Center’s 16-acre campus. Most recently, he was Lincoln Center’s senior director of concert hall operations.

At the Southampton Arts Center, Dunn will play a role in managing the restoration and expansion of the center’s building and grounds. In an interview, he said the center is approximately 12-18 months away from launching a significant capital campaign to raise support for preservation and modernization. Among his other duties will be strategic planning, programming, community and audience engagement, and development.

In a statement announcing his appointment, Dunn described the Southampton Arts Center as “a place for the entire community—year-rounders and summer residents of all backgrounds—to come together to experience free and affordable world-class art and cultural offerings.”

In 2017, the center drew 40,000 visitors, showed six exhibitions (including a portraiture show called “About Face” and another focusing on photography by Michael Halsband), and produced more than 200 events ranging from drawing workshops to jazz nights.

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