The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that J. Landis (Lanny) Martin has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees effective January 16, 2013. He will succeed Frederic C. Hamilton who has been a leader on the Board for nearly three decades. Hamilton will become Chairman Emeritus and focus on planning for a potential new staff office building next to the museum campus, among other projects. Martin’s election as Chairman follows an 18-month run as co-chairman with Hamilton.
"On behalf of the entire museum board and staff I want to thank Fred Hamilton for his tremendous board leadership over the past three decades," Martin said. “The Denver Art Museum has become a leader in cultural programming for this region and I look forward to continuing that growth and vision into the 21st Century.”
A museum board member since 1994, Martin has served on the museum’s Executive Committee and serves as chairman of the Finance Committee. In 2011, Martin was selected as the Co-Chair of the Board. Throughout the years, Martin has been instrumental in guiding the museum’s vision including the completion of the Hamilton Building, and support for major programs and exhibitions. In honor of his contributions, one of the museum’s primary exhibition galleries is named in honor of Lanny and Sharon Martin, as is the plaza, which connects the museum to the adjacent neighborhood.
Hamilton served as the DAM’s Vice Chairman beginning in 1984, he became Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1994 and has acted as Co-Chairman with Martin since July 2011. His passion for the arts and his astute business acumen has been an asset to the museum since he joined the Board in 1977. Throughout his tenure, he has guided the museum through major milestones, most notably the planning, financing and construction of the Daniel Libeskind-designed Frederic C. Hamilton Building, which opened in October 2006. Hamilton led two major endowment campaigns for the DAM during his tenure, growing those assets to more than $100 million. He also helped lead the fundraising effort to complete the $110 million expansion project. In recognition of his long-time support, the museum named its 146,000-square-foot expansion the Frederic C. Hamilton Building.
"Fred’s long-range vision and strong leadership have helped the museum to develop into the world-class institution that it is today and we are fortunate to have someone as engaged and insightful as Lanny Martin as our next leader,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum.
Frederic C. Hamilton Background:
A pioneer in America’s oil industry, Hamilton founded Hamilton Oil Corporation in the late 1960s, built it into an international oil company and also formed a domestic gas company, both of which he merged into a major integrated oil company in the mid-1980s. He is now Chairman of Hamilton Companies, which is active in venture capital, private equity, oil and gas, real estate, mortgage lending, securities and acquisitions operations. He is on the National Petroleum Council and a Director of the American Petroleum Institute. In addition to his commitment to the DAM, Hamilton serves as a director of the Boy Scouts of America and Denver-based Graland Country Day School and leads the endowment for the Boys and Girls Club of Denver. He continues to expand his personal art collection, which focuses primarily on Impressionist masterpieces.
J. Landis Martin Background:
Beyond his role at the DAM, Martin is chairman of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in Denver and remains actively involved with the Central City Opera as Chairman Emeritus. Martin is also chairman of the Clyfford Still Museum Foundation and a trustee of Northwestern University. Martin founded Platte River Equity in 2005 after serving more than 18 years in senior management positions with publicly-held industrial, chemical and metals companies. From 1989 until his retirement in 2005, Mr. Martin was Chairman and CEO of Titanium Metals Corporation. Under Martin’s leadership, TIMET’s equity value increased from $20 million to more than $3.5 billion. Martin is a founding director and Chairman of the Board of Crown Castle International Corp., a leading independent owner and operator of wireless communication sites. Martin is a lead director of The Halliburton Company, Intrepid Potash, Inc., and the lead director of Apartment Investment Management Company, the largest owner, operator and manager of apartments in the United States. Martin is an avid art collector including a major collection of mid-20th-Century works, as well as art of the American West. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children, Mary Lester, Sarah Stettner and Emily Martin.Download PDF of press release.