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Terrie Sultan Announces Departure From Parrish Art Museum

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:21
Terrie Sultan in her office in the old Parrish Art Museum building in Southampton Village after her arrival in 2008.
Jennifer Landes

Terrie Sultan, the director of the Parrish Art Museum, will step down at the end of June, the museum announced on Thursday.

Ms. Sultan has been director of the museum for the past 12 years and oversaw the museum's move from Southampton Village to its current headquarters in Water Mill in 2012.

“The board of trustees extends a heartfelt thanks to Terrie for her tremendous accomplishments on behalf of the Parrish,” said Mary E. Frank, board president and interim co-chair. “Terrie arrived in 2008 determined to see the Parrish realize its dream of a new facility designed by the world-renowned architects Herzog and de Meuron. She raised the funds, oversaw the redesign and construction, and gave the local community and the greater art world an award-winning home."

Ms. Sultan said in a press release that she was ready to take on new challenges.

Chris Siefert, the Parrish’s deputy director, will become interim director. He will work with Ms. Sultan and the Parrish’s board of directors on the transition and the plans for the museum's post-lockdown reopening.

During her tenure, as a curator Ms. Sultan organized more than a dozen exhibitions with accompanying publications, including the first comprehensive solo shows by Alice Aycock, Thomas Joshua Cooper, and Rackstraw Downes, and focused exhibitions with the artists Chuck Close, Keith Sonnier, Clifford Ross, Maya Lin, Andreas Gursky, Josephine Meckseper, and Tara Donovan.

“My years at the helm of the Parrish Art Museum have been the highlight of my career, and I am deeply proud of having led the museum into the future,” Ms. Sultan said.

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