Sarah Needham. Photo: Andrew T. Warman.

Sarah Needham Appointed Executive Director of the Hill Art Foundation

J. Tomilson Hill has announced that Sarah Needham has been appointed the executive director of his New York–based art foundation, which will launch in November. Housed in the twelve-story Peter Marino–designed Getty building located on West Twenty-Fourth Street in Chelsea, the foundation will include a public exhibition and education space.

Needham will manage all logistical aspects of the foundation—from staffing, brand management, and marketing to initiating partnerships within the arts community. She will also work closely with Hill, the foundation’s president, to organize temporary exhibitions; manage the permanent collection, which is known for its Renaissance bronzes, old masters’ works, and postwar and contemporary works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, and Christopher Wool; and oversee its educational programming, which will work to engage with high school students.

Needham joins the foundation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Kallithea, Greece, where she held the position of program officer for four years. During her tenure, she was responsible for grantmaking for arts and education nonprofits and a program that provided funding to artists in Athens. Previously, Needham worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where she held a variety of roles and helped to organize the campus’s first-ever public art initiative.
Commenting on Needham’s appointment, Hill said: “I selected Sarah from a competitive pool of candidates because she possesses all the requisite skills and experience necessary to succeed in this role for our foundation. . . . With her extensive background in business and the arts, Sarah will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the running of the Hill Art Foundation. I cannot imagine a more capable person to partner with me in organizing our exhibitions, in presiding over our permanent collection and in developing a truly innovative program in education.”