Creative Time announced today that executive director Katie Hollander will step down from the organization after nearly a decade of service. Creative Time’s board of trustees is in the process of forming a search committee to find her replacement. Following Hollander’s departure on July 1, deputy director Alyssa Nitchun will serve as acting director.
“As a leading figure of the organization for nearly ten years, Katie has been vital to the success of Creative Time and in advancing our mission to present important public art for our times,” said board chair Suzanne Cochran. “We are incredibly grateful for Katie’s leadership and service to Creative Time, which witnessed unprecedented expansion and major transition for the organization. Now is a very exciting moment to embark on a search for a new executive director who can bring a fresh perspective to build upon Katie’s legacy and shape a dynamic future for Creative Time.”
During her tenure, Hollander oversaw some of the organization’s most ambitious public artworks, including Sophie Calle’s Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery, 2017, Pedro Reyes’s Doomocracy, 2016, and Duke Riley’s Fly By Night, 2016. Additionally, she played an integral part in the development of innovative partnerships, such as Creative Time Reports and Creative Time Summit, to expand the public dialogue around contemporary art and artists.
“After almost a decade at Creative Time, the time is right for me to explore new possibilities,” said Hollander. “My time spent with this organization—the incredible artists, partners, and colleagues that I’ve had the pleasure to work with and the inspiring projects that we’ve created together—will always be a career highlight; and I’m immensely proud of the team and the lasting impact our projects have had on the cultural community.”
As deputy director, Alyssa Nitchun has worked closely with Creative Time’s executive and artistic directors, and its board of trustees, to oversee the group’s many public initiatives, as well as both short and long-term organizational growth. Nitchun joined Creative Time in 2012, as director of development, and was promoted to director of external affairs in 2015, expanding her responsibilities to include oversight of the organization’s marketing and communications department