Dorothy Dunn

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Dorothy Dunn is a creative leader and catalyst, cultural producer and educator. Working with the Smithsonian Institution, The Getty Center, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Buckminster Fuller Institute, The Rubin Museum of Art, the Philip Johnson Glass House, and AIGA, The Professional Design Association, among others, Dorothy is recognized for launching organizations, cross-disciplinary programs, strategic partnerships and products that promote positive engagement, creative leadership, and action.


Dorothy’s previous positions include:  

Director of America: Now and Here, a pioneering venture to position art (including visual art, poetry, film, music and theater) as a catalyst for civil dialogue in communities across the country.

Director of Visitor Experience at the Philip Johnson Glass House where she produced Glass House Conversations, a series of leadership retreats which were documented and expanded through an interactive web site.

Director of Education at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, where her innovations earned her the inaugural Smithsonian Education Achievement Award in 2004 in recognition of her leadership in building the National Design Museum’s educational vision. 

Director of Programs at AIGA, the professional association for design, where she repositioned the International Design Conference at Aspen.


Dorothy is a Special Trustee of the Sara Little Turnbull Foundation. She is on the board of Open House New York (OHNY), Greater Hudson Heritage Network and En Garde Arts. She serves as an advisor for the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. She also helps manage her family farm in Illinois where she grows black walnut trees as a sustainable timber crop.