Orange County Museum appoints Heidi Zuckerman as new director and CEO

Zuckerman joins from Aspen Art Museum to helm the institution’s expansion

Courtesy Heidi Zuckerman

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Newport Beach, California, has announced Heidi Zuckerman as its new CEO and director. She will take up the role in February, as the institution prepares for the opening of its new $73m home in 2022.  

Zuckerman will be joining from the Aspen Art Museum, where she served as director and CEO from 2005 to 2019. There, she was responsible for revitalising and rebranding the museum as a world-class institution, developing a multi-year strategic plan that ensured audience growth and financial stability, as well as securing more than $130 million in investments, part of which funded the museum’s relocation into a new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. She is the host of the Conversations About Art podcast, committed to communicating contemporary art to the wider public, as well as the author of the three-volume book series Conversations with Artists

Rendering of the new OCMA building at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. © Morphosis

At OCMA, Zuckerman will oversee the running for the institution, as well as the completion of its new home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, designed by another Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne of Morphosis. Scheduled to open in mid-2022, the new building will provide almost 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as 10,000 square feet for education programmes, performances and public events.

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