Each member of Board of Directors serves as an active ambassador of the Terra Foundation’s global mission. Collectively, they contribute a wealth of experience and expertise in the fields of art history, museum administration, art collection and business management, communications, finance, and law, among numerous others, to both govern and manage the activities of the foundation.
Joe Gromacki, Chair
Erica E. Hirshler is the Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. An expert in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American painting, Dr. Hirshler has published extensively on John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Dennis Bunker, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and women artists and collectors. She is particularly interested in the artistic exchange between the United States and Europe and in issues of national identity; she also studies Boston’s history, art, and patronage. Dr. Hirshler holds a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Boston University; she has lectured at museums and other cultural institutions across the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Hirshler’s most recent exhibition was William Merritt Chase (2016); in addition to her essay “Old Masters Meet New Women,” she wrote a small book to introduce several of Chase’s favored themes (William Merritt Chase, 2016). Her other publications include a study of Childe Hassam’s iconic At Dusk: Boston Common at Twilight (2015) and the highly-praised Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting (2009). She co-organized the exhibitions and contributed essays for John Singer Sargent Watercolors in 2013 and Americans in Paris 1860–1900 in 2006; and curated A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870–1940 (2001) and Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist (1995). She has contributed to several other important shows, among them The Lure of Italy (1992), John Singleton Copley (1995), Mary Cassatt (1998), John Singer Sargent (1998), Edmund Tarbell (2001), Childe Hassam (2004), Impressionism Abroad: Boston and French Painting (2005), Sargent and the Sea (2009), and Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (2015). She is currently planning an exhibition about Sargent and fashion.
Raymond J. McGuire
Eric T. McKissack
Carl D. Thoma
Carl Thoma is a Founder and Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm rooted to 1980 with a focus on software and technology companies that currently manages a series of funds representing more than $83 billion of equity commitments. Carl has served as Chairmen of the National Venture Capital Association.
Inspired by their rural upbringing, passion for philanthropy and decades of art collecting, the Thomas founded the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation to support arts and education initiatives through exhibitions, fellowships, publications, and endowments to create opportunities for young people in rural areas. The Foundation lends and exhibits artworks from the Thomas’ collection of 1500 objects across five distinct fields: Art of the Spanish Americas, Digital & Media, Japanese Bamboo, Post War Abstract and New Mexico Modernist (to include Native American art).
Carl currently serves on the boards of the Hirshhorn Museum, McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, New Mexico School for the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, SITE Santa Fe, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Carl earned his BS in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. He went on to complete his MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Carl resides in Santa Fe, , Chicago and Paradise Valley, Arizona. The Thomas also own and operate Van Duzer Vineyards, an 140-acre estate Pinot Noir winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The Thomas have two adult children who live in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.
Adam D. Weinberg
Adam D. Weinberg became the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum in October 2003. During his tenure, the Whitney has presented major exhibitions on a range of artists, including Jeff Koons, Wade Guyton, William Eggleston, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Matta-Clark, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ed Ruscha; offered award-winning educational programs; and experienced dramatic growth in the permanent collection. In 2010, the Whitney launched a capital campaign for the construction of a new 220,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District, which opened in 2015.
From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Weinberg was the Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. Prior to that, he was Senior Curator and Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Whitney. In 1991, Mr. Weinberg became the Artistic and Program Director of the American Center in Paris. He first joined the Whitney in 1989 as Director of the Whitney at Equitable Center. Beginning in 1981, Mr. Weinberg served as Director of Education and Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center.
Mr. Weinberg has curated exhibitions on artists from Edward Hopper, and Isamu Noguchi to Alex Katz, Sol Lewitt, and Terry Winters. He has also organized numerous thematic exhibitions, including: The Architectural Unconscious: James Casebere and Glen Seator (2000); and Vanishing Presence (1989). For the Whitney, he curated the groundbreaking series Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art (1995), with the Stedelijk Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Tate Gallery. He has also curated major public projects with such artists as Christian Boltanski, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, and Andrea Zittel. He is the author of numerous catalogues and essays on contemporary and modern art.
Mr. Weinberg serves as a board member of several organizations, including the American Academy of Rome, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Storm King Art Center, and the Colby College Museum of Art. He holds a BA from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, the State University of New York at Buffalo.