Dia Art Foundation Appoints David Morehouse as Deputy Director of Advancement

Dia Art Foundation Appoints David Morehouse as Deputy Director of Advancement

New York, NY — Dia Art Foundation has appointed David Morehouse to the position of deputy director of advancement, effective May 18, 2015. Morehouse was the director of donor relations at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In the newly created position at Dia, he will oversee the communications, development, and special events departments. Morehouse will serve as a member of Dia’s senior leadership team, working closely with director Jessica Morgan to advance the foundation’s mission and vision.

“David brings great energy and expertise to Dia,” said Jessica Morgan, Director, Dia Art Foundation. “We are thrilled he decided to return to the East Coast and join Dia. We look forward to utilizing David’s knowledge of strategic planning and donor-relations management to help Dia achieve its ambitions.”

"I am thrilled to return to New York, where I grew up, and join Dia as it moves into its next era of growth,” said David Morehouse. “I look forward to working with Jessica, the trustees, and the staff to deepen connections with donors, reach new constituents, and develop Dia’s strategic initiatives for the future.”

Morehouse joins Dia after eight years at the Hammer Museum. From 2007 to 2009, he was the manager of development events. From 2009 to 2015, he served as the director of donor relations, and oversaw donor engagement, special events, and membership. In this role, Morehouse worked closely with his colleagues to guide the production and planning of the annual Gala in the Garden and to secure major financial support from corporations, foundations, and individuals for the museum’s exhibitions and special programs. In 2012, he helped create the Hammer Circle, an invitation-only donor group that raised nearly $2 million for the museum’s biennial, Made in L.A. He also led the development of the Hammer’s membership strategy.

Morehouse holds a BA from Brown University, Providence.

Dia Art Foundation
Founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is committed to initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving extraordinary art projects. Dia:Beacon opened in May 2003 in Beacon, New York. Dia also maintains several long-term sites including Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), and Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks, which was inaugurated at Documenta 7 in 1982), all of which are located in New York City; the Dan Flavin Art Institute (established in 1983) in Bridgehampton, New York; De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977) in western New Mexico; Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) in Great Salt Lake, Utah; De Maria’s The Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977) in Kassel, Germany; and Flavin’s untitled (to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection) (1973) in Munich, Germany. Dia also commissions original Artist Web Projects and produces scholarly publications.

Dia currently presents temporary installations, performances, lectures, and readings on West 22nd Street in the Chelsea section of New York City, the neighborhood it helped pioneer. Plans for a new project space are underway.