Hirshhorn Museum Names New Yorker Lisa Gold Director of Public Engagement

Lisa Gold. Photo: Courtesy Hirshhorn.

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has hired Lisa Gold as director of public engagement, a newly-created position.

Gold comes to the Washington, DC museum from her former post as the executive director of the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), a non-profit organization that aids and advises local artists on topics like arts management, grantsmanship, career development, and legal rights.

Prior to her tenure at WPA, Gold served as the public relations and marketing director at the Drawing Center, and the director of development and communications at Socrates Sculpture Park, both located in New York.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Photo: via Wikipedia.

At the Hirshhorn, Gold will oversee all public programs and educational seminars, including the museum’s ongoing series of “Meet the Artist” talks, which have recently hosted luminaries like Shirin Neshat, Janine Antoni, Jason Moran, and Theaster Gates.

She will also manage the annual James T. Demetrion Lecture, which was last presented by Claes Oldenburg, as well as ARTLAB+, the museum’s digital art studio for teens.

“[Gold] has helped some of our most highly esteemed arts organizations to position and present themselves so that they stand out in a crowded marketplace of ideas,” noted museum director Melissa Chiu. “She has cultivated the relationships necessary to expand our programming and connections with multiple audiences, both on-site and online.”


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