Catherine Carver Dunn Appointed Executive Director of Tate Americas Foundation

The Tate Americas Foundation is delighted to announce that Catherine Carver Dunn has been appointed as its new Executive Director. She will take up the appointment in late February 2019.

Currently Deputy Director, Advancement at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Dunn brings over 30 years’ experience at the heart of the New York cultural and philanthropic stage to the role. In her new post, she will lead the strategic direction of the Foundation in line with Tate’s vision to be an artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive, global art institution. She will work closely with Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate, and Pamela J. Joyner, Chair of the Board of Tate Americas Foundation, to foster the strong ongoing dialogue and collaboration between Tate and partners in the Americas which has resulted in a wide range of acquisitions, including works by Louise Bourgeois, John Constable, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Joan Jonas, Christian Marclay, Cildo Meireles, Bruce Nauman, Cy Twombly, Cindy Sherman and Kara Walker, among many others.

Maria Balshaw, Director Tate, said: ‘We are delighted that Catherine Carver Dunn, with her wealth of experience at American cultural organizations and her many successful and devoted years of service in public institutions, will bring an outstanding combination of qualities and expertise to this vital role. This position continues the historically strong and close dialogue between Tate and American artists, partners and supporters, building Tate’s collection and supporting our activities. We very much look forward to welcoming her to Tate and to working with her in the coming years.’

Pamela Joyner, Chair of Tate Americas Foundation 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.’

Catherine Carver Dunn said: ‘I am thrilled to accept this opportunity with Tate, a world-renowned institution and arts innovator with an unparalleled set of collections and exhibitions. I am excited to undertake the challenge of expanding Tate’s reach to and support from the Americas.’

As Deputy Director, Advancement at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Catherine Carver Dunn has directed fundraising for the global modern and contemporary art foundation with its culturally-distinct museums in New York, Venice and Bilbao. Dunn oversees the raising of funds for exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation and education, and leads the Campaign for the Guggenheim to increase the Foundation’s endowment. As Deputy Director, Dunn oversees an advancement team that seeks support from individuals and acquisition affinity groups; corporate sponsorship and global partners; foundations; special events; and membership. Prior to her tenure at the Guggenheim, Catherine held various positions over a 22-year career at The New York Public Library. For the last nine years there she was Senior Vice President for External Affairs, directing the Library’s fundraising; government and community affairs; and communications and marketing activities. She developed and managed three fundraising campaigns to transform the Library’s services and facilities.

Dunn previously held key roles in the public sector including Assistant Director of Intergovernmental Relations at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She is an Art Museum Development Association Member.

For further information please contact Ruth Findlay or Duncan Holden in Tate Press Office on +44(0) 20 7887 8730 or email