July 31, 2017

ArtCenter/South Florida Names Dennis Scholl President and Expands Program

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA—Dennis Scholl will become president and chief executive of ArtCenter/South Florida, reports Brett Sokol of The New York Times. Scholl’s hiring comes as ArtCenter/South Florida embarks on a larger plan to disburse some its $94 million endowment, the largest in South Florida, through subsidizing artists’ studios, exhibition and production grants, and education initiatives led by artists and educators from around the world. The majority of the ArtCenter’s endowment comes from the 2014 sale of one of its Miami Beach building that was purchased in 1988 for $684,000.

By expanding these programs, Scholl, who was previously vice president for arts of the Knight Foundation, said he seeks to transform the Miami art world from “beyond those five days in December,” referring to Art Basel Miami Beach and the satellite art fairs. “We’ve seen an uneven development of what it takes to make a vibrant art scene in our community. We’re going to put fuel where the artists are,” he said. “We aspire to help our artists reach a point where, if you’re an international art collector, you have to consider Miami artists.”

Kim Kovel, the ArtCenter’s board chairwoman, said “Dennis has certainly show that he can build institutions, and that’s what we were looking for. We have to transform from a starving arts organization to one with resources, and say ‘What can we do that other arts organizations can’t?’”

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