Todd Herman joined The Mint Museum in August 2018 as its President and CEO after serving as the Executive Director at the Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) for seven years. While there, he brought the institution to fiscal stability, expanded its programming and outreach, and diversified the AAC’s exhibitions to reflect the broader community. He also launched a $100M renovation and expansion project with celebrated architect Jeanne Gang.
As President & CEO of the Mint, he oversees an operating budget of $10M and manages more than 50 full-time and 25 part-time employees. His vision for the Mint includes creating a collaborative atmosphere between arts organizations that positions the Mint as a sustained and integral part of the educational and creative fabric of the community. Through exhibitions and the Mint’s renowned collection, Todd intends to celebrate the diversity of voices expressed in art that will bring the World to the doorstep of this vibrant city.
Todd received his undergraduate degrees in art history and microbiology from James Madison University, an MA degree in art history from the University of South Carolina, and his PhD in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with a focus on Italian Renaissance painting. He has worked in the curatorial departments of the Columbia Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art and taught art history at USC, Cleveland State, and for the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy. He has written extensively on the art of Venice and for exhibitions and catalogs on Italian Renaissance Art, and organized the nationally traveling exhibition “Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade, 1940-1950”.