Irving Arts Center is pleased to announce that Todd Eric Hawkins has been named Executive Director by appointment of the Irving Arts Board. Current Executive Director Richard Huff is set to retire this August after serving in the role for twenty years. Hawkins first day will be July 15.
Hawkins comes to Irving with considerable experience, having led the implementation of public arts programming in New York City, where he served as Project Manager for Public Art for Public Schools since 2008. He also has served as co-chair of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council, a nationally-elected body of individuals that advise the next generation of arts leaders through Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for the advancement of the arts and arts education.
“The Irving Arts Center has a long tradition of excellence in arts programing and I am honored to join the team,” says Hawkins. “I look forward to working with the community to ensure that the arts continue to thrive in Irving.”
Hawkins will become just the fifth Executive Director for Irving Arts Center since opening its doors in 1986. A Smithsonian affiliate, Irving Arts Center is home to two fully-equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception/ rehearsal facilities; and a sculpture garden. In 2014, the Arts Center hosted 1,375 events, including 203 performances and 24 exhibitions and welcomed 103,719 visitors.
Widely-regarded as one of the brightest minds in arts administration, Hawkins has presented at various conferences and has served on top industry panels around the country including for the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Arts Council of Indianapolis as well as for Americans for the Arts. He was recently elected President of the Alumni Board of Directors for Goucher College, where he received a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration. Raised in Oklahoma, Hawkins completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma.
“The Executive Director position is a critically important role. Todd Eric Hawkins brings a proven track record of success, great passion for the arts, and impressive vision for growing the scope and quality of offerings at Irving Arts Center,” said Arts Board Chair, Richard Stewart. “The Irving Arts Board members are most pleased with his appointment, and exceptionally confident in Todd’s ability to continue moving the Irving Arts Center forward as one of the region’s most celebrated cultural assets.”
About the Irving Arts Center
The Irving Arts Center is a department of the City of Irving and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2014, the Arts Center hosted 1,375 events, including 203 performances and 24 exhibitions and welcomed 103,719 visitors. For more information, call (972) 252-7558 or visit www.irvingartscenter.com. Parking is free.