Horn takes post as Nassau County Museum of Art’s new director

Horn takes post as Nassau County Museum of Art’s new director
The Nassau County Museum of Art located in Roslyn Harbor. (Photo courtesy of Nassau County Museum of Art)

The Nassau County Museum of Art has a familiar face roaming its halls as the institution brings in former Sands Point Preserve Executive Director Beth Horn to lead the Roslyn Harbor art museum as its newest director.

Horn announced her new position on social media Sunday. Efforts to contact Horn were unavailing.

Horn, a Port Washington resident, was the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy’s executive director for more than five years. She stepped down from the position in 2022.

Her resume is filled with museum and leadership experience, according to her LinkedIn account, working as the associate director of public information for the Museum of Modern Art, senior director of special events and projects at the New York Botanical Garden and a trustee, treasurer and secretary for the Science Museum of Long Island.

Horn is a graduate of Duke University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater, and Columbia University, where she received a a master’s in theatre management.

In an interview with the Long Island Weekly, Horn said that she is excited to be in the position and has been welcomed by staff in her first few weeks in the position.

The hiring of Horn comes four months after the museum’s Board of Trustees opted not to renew the contract of Charles A. Riley II, who served as the museum’s director for six years.

Fernanda Bennett, who was appointed as interim director while the museum searched for a new director, previously told Blank Slate that Riley and the museum’s Board of Trustees did not “see eye to eye” on the museum’s future goals and activities. Thus the board decided not to renew his contract in August.

Bennett said the decision was made by the board but was uncertain whether the decision was made mutually with Riley.

Riley’s termination as the museum’s director sparked an uproar in the community, with hundreds petitioning to reinstate him as director.

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