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Amy Kirwin to join Guild Hall as the Institution’s First Chief Creative Officer

Guild Hall is delighted to announce the appointment of Amy Kirwin as the institution’s inaugural Chief Creative Officer. This key leadership role was created to support Guild Hall’s 90th Anniversary in 2021, and to oversee brand marketing, communications, and multi-platform promotional content. Kirwin, who is presently Artistic Director at Southampton Arts Center, will assume her new role on February 1, 2021.

“I had the good fortune to work with Amy Kirwin on public engagement at the Parrish Art Museum, and as founding members of Hamptons Arts Network. Amy’s creativity and stamina are par excellence, and her blended background in theater and visual arts lends itself perfectly to Guild Hall’s interdisciplinary framework. She will be a vital member of our 90th celebration, foregrounding joy and community participation—hallmarks of her work in the arts,” states Executive Director, Andrea Grover.

Amy Kirwin comments, “When I moved to the East End in 2010, I had worked for 15 years in NYC’s theater industry and jumped headfirst into the visual art world at the Parrish Art Museum. For the last five years as Artistic Director of Southampton Arts Center, I’ve had the great pleasure of helping to build their vibrant exhibition program, artist residency, and year-round public programs, and have been humbled by the ongoing enthusiasm and encouragement. Now, I am honored to continue to support the boundless artistic expression of this community as Guild Hall’s first Chief Creative Officer.”

About Amy Kirwin

Amy Kirwin most recently served as the Artistic Director of Southampton Art Center where she helped to establish the institution’s prominent role as a gathering place for the arts. As AD, she defined the artistic vision, brand and messaging with an emphasis on community engagement, diversity, and artist-led initiatives. She conceived, curated and produced the exhibitions and programs TAKEOVER: Artists-in-Residence, Unity Fest, Storefront Art initiative, and The Public Art Project co-organized with artist Eric Fischl. She has served on the Southampton Village Business Revitalization Committee since 2019 and is a founding member of Hamptons Arts Network.


Originally from Los Angeles, Amy has a degree in Theatre & Film from University of Kansas and completed two-years in the acting conservatory program at Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York. Early in her career, she managed the box offices for Forbidden Broadway and The New Victory Theater. She was ultimately part of the three-person team that opened and operated 59E59 Theaters, serving as Director of Sales and Membership and playing a key role in creating the identity of the institution that remains strong today. She later became Manager of Partnership Marketing at the Broadway League and Tony Awards, creating the Broadway Concierge program to manage high-level hospitality for corporate sponsors including Avis, Continental Airlines, NetJets, Sprint, Amtrak, Audemars Piguet, IMB, Chase, the NY Times and more.


After 15 years in NYC, Amy moved to the Hamptons and joined the staff at the Parrish Art Museum in 2010 in advance of opening the new Herzog & de Meuron facility in Water Mill. Amy established the Parrish’s Visitor Services department and served as Visitor Services and Programs Manager. She was named Artistic Director of Southampton Arts Center in May 2016 and has expanded their public offerings from 50 to over 200 annually, and from seasonal to year-round. She has worked with countless artists, performers, educators, business partners and patrons during this time, and designed a highly successful public relations and marketing message across media platforms. She joins Guild Hall as its first Chief Creative Officer as the institution celebrates nine decades of creative presentations.

Radical creativity will keep us together

Dear Friends,
Ingenuity, spontaneity, and disruptive thinking come naturally to artists and we’ve witnessed an unprecedented amount of creativity in the last week. These artistic expressions are more than diversions—they keep us together when the normal order of life is interrupted.  
Guild Hall will continue to promote the creativity in all of us through online programs and live activities, but for the safety of our community, the physical space of The John Drew Theater, the Guild Hall Museum, and our Classroom will remain closed through May 31, 2020. 
We are working with the many talented artists associated with Guild Hall to provide you with experiences to be enjoyed from home. We are also in the midst of an effort to put the 400 works in the 82nd Artist Members Exhibitiononline for you to view remotely.
Most of you have interacted with our wonderful staff, and they are attending to their duties from home. We are available nearly around the clock via email. Please feel free to reach out to Executive Director, Andrea Grover at, or to the man behind the social media curtain, Joe Brondo at A full directory of Guild Hall staff contacts can be found here:
We want to hear from you. Tell us how you’re doing, and what we can do for you. 
Andrea Grover 
Executive Director 
Jeannine Dyner 
Deputy Director 

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Joins Dan’s Chefs of the Hamptons

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Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Joins Dan’s Chefs of the HamptonsHe’ll serve as the host of a once-in-a-lifetime evening of fine dining.

Dan’s Food & Wine Team June 12, 2019

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Photo: Courtesy Jean-Gorges
Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will host a historic gathering of the Hamptons’ most celebrated chefs in a once-in-a-lifetime evening of fine dining honoring Florence Fabricant, New York Times food and wine writer and Guild Hall Trustee, as he joins Dan’s Chefs of the Hamptons at Bridgehampton’s historic Topping Rose House in support of Guild Hall on Saturday, June 29.

Born in France, Vongerichten trained under several revered chefs before traveling to Asia to further his culinary skills at three luxury hotels. He has published many cookbooks, beginning with Simple Cuisine in 1990 and culminating in his upcoming JGV: A Life in 12 Recipes, set to release October 8, 2019. The brilliant chef is also a master restaurateur, opening a number of popular eateries including The Inn at Pound Ridge, ABC Kitchen and Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House.

Florence Fabricant.
Florence Fabricant. Photo credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

In addition to Vongerichten, Drew Hiatt and Amanda Wallace of Topping Rose House, other esteemed chefs at Dan’s Taste of the Hamptons include Sam McCleland of Beacon and Bell & Anchor; Terrence Brennan of Blu Mar; Dominic Rice of Calissa; Carissa Waechter of Carissa’s The Bakery; Colin Ambrose of Estia’s Little Kitchen; Dane Sayles of Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa; Paul DelFavero of Harbor Market; Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides of L&W Market and Almond; Joe Realmuto of Nick & Toni’s, Coche Comedor, Rowdy Hall, Townline BBQ and La Fondita; Matt Birnstill of Quogue Club; Jesse Matsuoka of Sen; Jeremy Blutstein of Showfish at Gurney’s Star Island; and Scott Kampf of Union Cantina.

Dan’s Chefs of the Hamptons begins with a meticulously curated wine and cocktail hour followed by a locally sourced multi-course dinner and spectacular dessert options. Tickets to this extraordinary event are on sale now, and a portion of proceeds helps support Guild Hall and the vital role its art exhibitions, plays, films, concerts and other programs play in the Hamptons community.

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Three Can’t-Miss Hamptons Art Exhibitions to See this Weekend

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Out for an art-filled weekend in the Hamptons? Here are just three can’t-miss shows to check out:

Guild Hall’s 80th Annual Artist Members Exhibition—the oldest non-juried museum exhibition on Long Island and one of the few non-juried exhibitions still offered—opens Saturday, April 14 and runs through Saturday, May 19. This community-centered exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the artists who live and work right here on the East End. In total, this year’s lively and vibrant exhibition features 383 local artists from every level, exhibiting more than 400 works in every medium.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories at the Opening Night Reception on Saturday, April 14 from 5–7 p.m., which is open to Guild Hall members. The prizes include Top Honors, Best Abstract, Best Representational, Best Photograph, and Best Work on Paper, Best Mixed Media, Theo Hios Landscape Award, and Honorable Mentions. The winner of the Top Honor award will receive a one-person exhibition in the Spiga Gallery. This year’s guest juror is Connie H. Choi, Associate Curator of the Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem…

Guild Hall’s Members Show Turns 80

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The annual Guild Hall Artist Members exhibition will celebrate its 80th anniversary when it opens on Saturday with a reception for members from 5 to 7 p.m. To mark the occasion, the museum has invited all past top honors winners for a champagne toast before the opening.

The oldest non-juried exhibition on Long Island and one of the few such shows still offered, the members show typically features works in every medium by more than 400 artists. The winner of top honors receives a solo show at Guild Hall.

Other awards include best abstract, best representational, best photograph, best work on paper, best mixed media, the Theo Hios Landscape Award, and honorable mentions.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Connie H. Choi, who is the associate curator of the permanent collection at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she is currently organizing a major traveling exhibition drawn from the museum’s holdings. Prior to joining the Studio Museum, Ms. Choi, who is a doctoral candidate in art history at Columbia University, was assistant curator of American art at the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibition will remain on view through May 19.