A new year will bring new faces to two of Palm Beach County’s most esteemed cultural bellwethers. On Jan. 11, Terrence W. Dwyer will become the second CEO in the Kravis Center’s 29-year history, replacing outgoing CEO Judith Miller.
The Kravis Center’s board of directors made the announcement this month following an extensive nationwide search. Dwyer arrives following a 13-year stint at Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where he oversaw a $60 million dollar budget and an eclectic slate of programming—including Broadway, jazz, cabaret, international dance, classical music and contemporary theatre—not unlike the Kravis’ own diverse fare. His résumé also includes leadership tenures at La Jolla Playhouse, the Alley Theatre, the McCallum Theatre and the Circle Repertory Company.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Kravis Center as its new CEO,” Dwyer said, in a press release. “The excellence of the Center’s artistic and community programs, and the strength of the organization developed under Judy’s leadership, is widely acknowledged. There is an undeniable hunger in these challenging times for the entertainment, inspiration and community connections provided by those programs. I am excited for the opportunity to help ensure the Kravis Center’s continued artistic success and ever-increasing impact throughout its diverse county.”
Just one week later, on Jan. 18, the Norton Museum of Art will welcome its own new director/CEO, Ghislain d’Humières, following the abrupt June exit of Elliot Bostwick Davis, who had held the post for just 15 months. A native of France, educated in Paris and New York, and proficient in four languages, d’Humières most recently served as director and CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and held a leadership position at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, during which time he doubled museum attendance. He is well-versed in the business as well as the cultural side of art, have worked for Christie’s for four years and Sotheby’s for seven.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Norton Museum of Art at this critical, yet auspicious moment in its incredible trajectory,” said d’Humières, in a press release. “The Museum is entrusted with the region’s foremost collection and has been a strong advocate for a diverse group of emerging and mid-career artists. Reaching beyond its walls, the Norton is a vital resource and partner for the West Palm Beach community, and I look forward to deepening these bonds through new initiatives.”
As both new leaders understated, this is a punishingly challenging time for all organizations that thrive on gatherings and communal leisure. We wish both of them the best of luck—they’ll need plenty of it, along with the creativity we know they’ll bring to the jobs—and we look forward to learning more about them in future issues of Boca magazine.