Huntington Arts Council appoints new chief executive

The Huntington Arts Council has announced that the board has chosen Kieran Johnson as the organization’s new executive director.

Most recently, HAC’s Director of Community Partnerships and Development, Johnson has been an integral part of the organization since joining as Chief Business Officer in July 2017. He currently serves as Chair of the City of HAC’s Public Art Advisory Committee. Huntington and co-chair of the Arts and Experiences Committee of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. Prior to HAC Johnson has served as Director of Operations at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Office Manager/Financial Coordinator for the Richard Avedon Foundation, President of the Society for Photographic Education North East, and Board Member of the Penumbra Foundations.

Johnson’s work in recent years has focused on expanding the scope and depth of the Huntington Arts Council. He dedicated his time as a cultural steward, building meaningful community relationships/partnerships, focused arts initiatives, and strengthening the financial platform of the organization.

“I am honored to be the next Executive Director of the Huntington Arts Council with its rich history and stewardship of the arts on Long Island. My lifelong passion has been to increase accessibility, open doors and make so that the arts are for everyone,” Johnson said.

An educator and practicing artist, Johnson has exhibited his photographs in New York City at New Century Artists, Rogue Space, and Greenpoint Gallery as well as throughout Michigan at ActiveSite in Grand Rapids and Delta College in Saginaw. Most recent exhibitions include Huntington Art Center, NY, The Memorial Gallery at SUNY Farmingdale, NY, Project Basho in Philadelphia, PA, Ricoh Photo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana, in addition to be included in the Postcard Collective. In addition to exhibiting his work, he has lectured at Adrian College, Commack High School in Long Island, New York, and the SPE Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Johnson holds a BFA from Purchase College School of Art and Design and an MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design.

Johnson fills the post of executive director vacated by Marc Courtade who retired on February 28 after 7 years with the HAC.