The Parrish Art Museum has announced the forthcoming retirement of its longtime deputy director Anke tom Dieck Jackson and the appointment of Dr. Scott Howe as her successor. Dr. Howe joined the staff in October in order to allow for a transition period of six weeks before Jackson retires in mid-November.
Jackson, who was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1953, joined the staff of the Parrish in 1977 as education coordinator and press officer.
From 1981 to 1989, she served as associate director for budget and operations. Since becoming deputy director in 1989, Jackson has guided the museum in all areas of administration, as well as overseeing the museum’s master planning and building program efforts. Her first major capital project was the completion of the museum’s permanent collection vault on Jobs Lane in Southampton, a project cited in 1986 as a model collection storage renovation by New York State Council on Arts.
In 2005, Jackson began work on the efforts to realize a new museum in Water Mill, working closely with trustee and advisory committees on the architectural selection and the site selection process for the appointment of Herzog & de Meuron as architects for the new Parrish. Since 2009 she has acted as owner’s representative for this project, serving on a small team consisting of the design architects, executive architect and general contractor.
“Anke has been the rock and foundation for the Parrish for more than 35 years, and an incredible colleague, bringing the new building to fruition,” said the museum’s director Terrie Sultan. “While we will miss her greatly, she will be entering a rich and rewarding new chapter in her life, and we wish her much happiness.
Scott Howe comes to the Parrish from UrbanGlass, where he was associate director from 2011 to 2012. The largest and oldest open-access glass studio in the nation, Brooklyn-based UrbanGlass serves a vibrant community of artists, designers, and students on the East Coast. Prior to his tenure at UrbanGlass, Howe was director of education and public programs at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia.
“Scott is joining the Parrish team at a particularly exciting moment,” Sultan said. “With the new building, increased programming and staff, we anticipate that Scott will be a very busy and active participant, helping to guide the Parrish into a bright future.”
“The Parrish stands at a transformative moment in its history, and this is an inspiring time to join the Museum,” commented Howe. “I feel very fortunate to be able to work alongside Anke — and share her excitement — in the days leading up to the opening of the new building, and I am thrilled to join Terrie and her team as we enter a dynamic new era.”