The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the first and only LGBT art museum in the world, announced today that Hunter O’Hanian will become the museum’s first director since its inception in 2011. O’Hanian will resume that role this month and will also serve as executive director of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation.
“Organizations like the Leslie-Lohman Museum are rare in our society,” said O’Hanian in a press release. He looks forward to working with the board and staff to further the organization’s advocacy of gay and lesbian artists and art while offering “more thought-provoking exhibitions.”
The museum board of trustees president, Jonathan D. Katz, commented in a press release, “We are a national, even international institution, and we’ve therefore brought on board a national leader.” For the past three years, O’Hanian has served as vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has also led artists’ residencies programs as president of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, in Snowmass Village, Colo., and Executive Director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.