Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman

The board of trustees of the Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) recently announced that Todd Herman has resigned as the executive director effective Aug. 10. Herman has served as executive director since July 2011 after serving as the Columbia Museum of Art's chief curator for six years. Herman will go on to serve as the executive director of The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, a position which will also bring him closer to family.

The Board is now conducting a search for a successor to direct the AAC’s transitional goals of growth and expansion. Laine Harber, deputy director and CFO, will act as interim director until the position is filled.

"Our priorities for the Arkansas Arts Center remain unchanged as we move towards the groundbreaking of our new facility in the fall of 2019," says Merritt Dyke, chairman and president of the AAC board of trustees. "We are encouraged by the positive response and participation from the community regarding our capital campaign, co-chaired by Harriet and Warren Stephens. Everyone in the organization is focused on making the AAC an unparalleled cultural destination for the citizens of central Arkansas and beyond. We thank Todd for his contributions to the AAC and his help launching this exciting transformation."

The board of trustees and the foundation board will continue to implement the strategic plan developed in 2016. The AAC redesign is underway with the new museum scheduled to open in 2022.


Take a look back at some of our favorite Todd Herman moments from the Soirée archives: