The Tate Americas Foundation—an independent charity that works to provide funding and acquisitions to the four-museum Tate network in England—has named Catherine Carver Dunn as its executive director, to begin later this month. She worked previously as the deputy director of advancement for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Dunn will oversee the strategic direction of Tate Americas, which was founded in 1987 to acquire art for Tate museums from North and South America. She will work with Maria Balshaw, director of the Tate, and Pamela J. Joyner, chair of the board of the Tate Americas Foundation, to work further on an acquisitions program that has resulted in adding art to Tate collections by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Joan Jonas, Christian Marclay, Cildo Meireles, Bruce Nauman, Kara Walker, and more.
In a statement, Joyner—who with her husband Alfred J. Giuffrida has been named on the ARTnews “Top 200 Collectors” list—said, “Catherine has a proven record in key cultural institutions of implementing organizational strategy. I look forward to working with her to advance Tate Americas Foundation’s work to promote art and artists of the Americas. She will play the lead role in developing the talent and creative thinking necessary to make the foundation effective in the future.”
As the deputy director of advancement at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Dunn led fundraising efforts for the organization’s exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, and educational programs, along with a campaign to grow the foundation’s endowment.
Prior to that, Dunn worked at the New York Public Library in various capacities for more than two decades. During her last nine years there, she directed the institution’s fundraising, communications, marketing, and government and community matters as senior vice president for external affairs.
“I am thrilled to accept this opportunity with Tate, a world-renowned institution and arts innovator with an unparalleled set of collections and exhibitions,” Dunn said in a release. “I am excited to undertake the challenge of expanding Tate’s reach to and support from the Americas.”