CHICAGO - January 26, 2017 - United States Artists (USA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Deana Haggag as its new President and CEO. She will officially assume the position on April 3rd, and joins at an exciting time as $20,000,000 endowment campaign nears its finish line.
“I’m honored to have been chosen to lead this incredible organization,” said Haggag. “USA’s mission is more important now than ever. USA Fellows embody the creativity, passion, diversity, and talent of this country, and the incredible heights American artists are capable of. It will be a privilege to support them in their future efforts, and to celebrate what they’ve already accomplished.”
Haggag has been the Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic, non-collecting art museum based in Baltimore, MD, since 2013. Prior to that she was the Curator-in-Residence at Baltimore’s Gallery CA. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various public art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and teaches at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University.
She is on the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and the council of Common Field, and has served as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Haggag was named one of “10 People to Watch Under 30” by the Baltimore Sun in 2013, and a “Young Cultural Innovator” by the Salzburg Global Forum in 2015. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University–Newark in Art History and Philosophy.
Haggag’s appointment comes as USA nears completion of its $20 million operations endowment campaign. The endowment consists of an initial 5-year, $10 million challenge grant from The Ford Foundation, which has been matched by million-dollar grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Barr Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and private giving.
“It’s an exciting time for USA; all the more so with Deana coming on board,” says USA Board Chairman Steven Oliver. “The continued growth of both our financial and human resources represents not only the tremendous success USA has had thus far, but also the role it will play going forward. This promises to be an uncertain time for the support of the arts. I can’t think of anyone more committed, eager, or prepared than Deana to lead USA in this endeavor.”