Tuesday, October 12, 2004
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, has appointed Beth Tuttle as director of external affairs. On Oct. 12, she will join the Hirshhorn’s senior management team to lead the museum in its fundraising, communications and marketing efforts, increasing the Hirshhorn’s success as one of the world’s leading museums of international modern and contemporary art. Tuttle has more than 20 years of professional experience in museums, foundations and nonprofit advocacy organizations.
“Beth brings an exceptional track record of performance to this appointment. She has been a leader in the cultural and not-for-profit arenas and has extensive experience in building strong public identities and communities of support for important institutions,” said Hirshhorn Board Chairman J. Tomilson Hill. “This, combined with her longtime interest in contemporary art and culture, makes Beth a perfect fit for this crucial position on the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s dynamic leadership team.”
Previously, Tuttle served as the senior vice president for institutional advancement at America’s Promise–The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit youth development alliance launched in 1997 by all the living United States presidents and Gen. Colin L. Powell. From 1991 to 2002, Tuttle held senior positions with the Arlington, Va.–based Freedom Forum and Newseum and advanced from director of communications and advertising to senior vice president of communications. For the Freedom Forum, Tuttle oversaw worldwide communications and strategic planning for the private international journalism foundation and its four major operating programs: the Media Studies Center in New York City, The First Amendment Center and Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University and the Newseum in Arlington, Va. In 1997, Tuttle orchestrated the international launch of the Newseum, the highly acclaimed interactive museum of news, which attracted more than 2.3 million visitors in its first five years of operation. She served on the team that helped acquire a Pennsylvania Avenue building site for the relocation of the Newseum to Washington, DC, planned for 2007. She currently serves as a member of the Newseum’s National Advisory Committee and is a member of the board of directors of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington.
Previously, Tuttle served as director of development and as vice president of communications for People for the American Way, a nonprofit organization that focuses on First Amendment issues, civic engagement, tolerance and diversity. She also has conducted a wide range of consulting engagements for a variety of museums, cultural and nonprofit organizations and corporations through her own firm, Beth Tuttle & Associates. She gained national advertising agency experience with D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles in New York City from 1985 to 1987.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Tuttle graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in American civilization. She resides in Alexandria, Va. with her husband and two children.