Sun Tunnels
Nancy Holt, ‘Sun Tunnels’ (1973-76)

Great Basin Desert, Utah, USA

Photograph: Nancy Holt

The newly formed Holt-Smithson Foundation is very pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Le Feuvre as its first Executive Director.

“It is a great honor to join the Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson Foundation as the inaugural Executive Director,” Ms. Le Feuvre stated, “Our ambitions are to develop the legacy and values of Holt and Smithson, and to reinforce the importance of art in understanding our place in the world.”

The Holt-Smithson Foundation exists to continue the creative and investigative spirit of the artists Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, who, over their careers, developed innovative methods of exploring our relationship with the planet, and expanded the limits of artistic practice. Through public service, the Foundation will engage in programs that increase awareness of both artists’ creative legacies, continuing the transformation they brought to the world of art and ideas.

Ms. Le Feuvre has curated exhibitions in museums and galleries across Europe, worked as an educator in a wide range of cultural institutions and universities and has been published extensively in international journals and academic publications. Since 2010 Ms. Le Feuvre has led the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, UK – the research arm of the Henry Moore Foundation. Directing the research component of the largest artist foundation in Europe, she led a program of education, research, publications and exhibitions, was responsible for the Leeds Museums & Galleries Sculpture Collection, and served a member of the Foundation’s Grants Committee and its Strategic Management Team. During her tenure, Le Feuvre raised the international profile of the Institute, initiated sustainable links with local communities and developed and implemented a sound framework for the organization. She is also a member of the 2018 Turner Prize Selection Committee and is a non-executive director of Book Works.

“Lisa Le Feuvre brings the perfect combination of scholarship and experience, and a passion for creative inquiry that is consistent with the spirit of Holt and Smithson,” said Board President Matthew Coolidge. “The entire board looks forward to her joining our team as we effectuate this exciting new Foundation.”