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OCMA Names Todd DeShields Smith as New Director

Originally posted by: Los Angeles times by David Ng

The Orange County Museum of Art has been without a director since the end of 2013, leading many in the local art world to speculate about the executive search being conducted by museum leaders.

On Wednesday, the Newport Beach museum announced that it has named Todd DeShields Smith as its new chief executive and director. Smith has served as executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida for the last six years.

Smith will begin his term at OCMA on Aug. 4. He succeeds Dennis Szakacs, who served as the director and CEO of the museum for 10 years before stepping down in 2013.

In a prepared statement, OCMA President Craig Wells said that Smith “has achieved distinction throughout his career by providing strong leadership and achieving successful strategic direction at world-class arts institutions.”

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