Chief Communications Officer, Hammer Museum
Scott Tennent joined the Hammer Museum as Chief Communications Officer in spring 2018. At the Hammer he oversees all facets of communications, including public relations, web and digital, marketing, video, and graphic design.
Prior to that he was Director of Advancement Communications at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw communications and messaging for the Smithsonian Campaign, a successful $1.5 billion capital campaign encompassing each of the institution’s 19 museums, national zoo and 10 research centers.
From 2006 to 2015, Tennent was Director of Executive Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where he launched the museum’s social media presence and oversaw communications for LACMA’s Transformation campaign, which resulted in the creation of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Resnick Pavilion and installation of monumental artworks by Chris Burden, Barbara Kruger, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin and Tony Smith.
Tennent was an associate editor at Princeton Architectural Press from 2001 to 2005, editing books on architecture, graphic design, art and visual culture. Tennent is on the board of Fulcrum Arts, an organization that provides resources and opportunities for artists, collectives, and independent arts organizations to advance their visions and contribute to a vibrant and inclusive creative community.
He is the author of Spiderland, a biography of the rock band Slint, released as part of the 33 1/3 book series, published by Bloomsbury in 2010.
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