On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Dr. Todd Herman, announced to Arkansas Arts Center staff that he will be leaving to take a position in North Carolina. His last day at Little Rock’s art museum will be August 10.
Formal announcement of the new position is expected to be made on Thursday, but local media broke the story on Wednesday evening.
Herman, who joined the AAC in 2011, succeeded Nan Plummer as director, who served from 2002 to 2010. She was preceded by longtime director Townsend Wolfe, who led the AAC from 1968 to 2002. Between 1961 and 1968, the Arts Center had a revolving door of directors and acting directors including Muriel Christison (1961), Alan Symonds (1962-1964), William H. Turner (1964-1965), and Louis Ismay (1966-1968). William Steadman (1958) and George Ware (1959-1960) lead the museum as it transitioned from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Arkansas Arts Center. Irene Robinson was the director of the original Museum of Fine Arts from its opening in 1937 until her retirement in 1957.
T. Laine Harber, the Arts Center’s Chief Operations Officer/Chief Financial Officer will be Interim Director while a search is conducted for Herman’s replacement.
Work continues on the planning for the expansion and enhancement of the Arts Center which is currently slated to be completed in 2022.