Rotary Club of Clearwater Hosts Dr. Charles Henri (Hank) Hine
Fred Simmons hosted Dr. Charles Henri (Hank) Hine, Executive Director of the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg at the Wednesday noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Clearwater at the Belleair Country Club. The Dalí Museum holds the most comprehensive collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain, the artist’s country.
Dr. Hine directs the museum in a current period of intensive growth. Foremost on the Museum’s agenda are the establishment of the Dalí Center for the Avant-garde, as the research and publication arm of the museum, and construction of a new and innovative museum building.
The new museum building will provide a safe housing for the collection of art and serve as a welcome center for its many visitors. Over 10,000 school children come to the museum each year. Over 200,000 tourists visit the museum, and their stay in the local communities adds to the economy.
The new museum will provide protection against flooding and high winds. Groundbreaking for the new museum is expected within a month and will take 22 months to build. Dr. Hine is also publisher and editor of Limestone Press and Hine Editions, a San Francisco press specializing in artist books. He is director of the research and publishing institute GraphicStudio. He has extensive experience with contemporary artists and writers, production methods, marketing, and systems of distribution.
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