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Karen Lang Johnston to Chair Museum Board

Karen Lang Johnston to Chair Museum Board

March 16, 2017

Karen Lang Johnston to Chair Dali Museum Board
Area Arts Patron Tom James Passes the Baton, Leaves 23-year Legacy

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA (March 16, 2017) – The Dali Museum, a driving force of art and culture in the Tampa Bay region for 35 years, is proud to announce the appointment of longtime board member Karen Lang Johnston as chair of The Dali’s Board of Trustees beginning March 31, 2017. Johnston succeeds Tom James, well-known Chairman Emeritus of Raymond James Financial, Inc. and one of the area’s leading patrons of the arts.

James joined the Museum’s board in 1987, just five years after The Dali first opened in St. Petersburg and became chairman of the board in 1994. He supported and spearheaded the development of the Museum’s new building, now a worldwide architectural icon. James will remain active on The Dali board and plans to devote more time to The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, slated to open this fall in downtown St. Petersburg.

Dali Museum Executive Director Hank Hine shared: “Tom James has provided all of us in The Dali family guidance, nourishment and inspiration. He has drawn to The Dali our community’s interest and respect. We are immeasurably proud of his devotion.” Hine further remarked, “Karen Johnston will be a valued successor. Her experience with the larger museum and trustee community is the basis of great leadership for The Dali. Further, this Museum, based in family and continuity, values her history and heritage.”

Johnston joined The Dali Board of Trustees in 2003, serving as its vice president since 2011. She has chaired the Museum’s Collections Committee, the Committee on Trustees and its Anniversary Dinner Committee. She is a founding member of The Guild at The Dali, a supporting arm of the Museum. Johnston has deep roots to the local community as well as the legacy of The Dalí – her father, Jim Lang, was one of The Dali Museum’s original founders. A third-generation Floridian, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Mrs. Johnston worked for local Congressman C.W. Bill Young in Washington and subsequently held several other posts in the nation’s capital, including appointments by Presidents Carter, Reagan and Bush. She ultimately joined the Federal Trade Commission, acting as Director of Congressional Relations before returning to Florida. Johnston also served as vice president of both the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Museum Trustee Association.

“I am elated to become the new Chair of The Dali Museum board,” said Johnston. “In his many years of service, Tom James left a lasting impression on the board, the Museum, and the art scene in our region. I seek to continue this legacy and sustain The Dali’s position as a world-class destination for art, education and community connections.”

In her new role, Johnston will provide institutional leadership to The Dali and serve as an ambassador through her many connections in both the local and the international art community.

Karen Lang Johnston and Tom James
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The Dali Museum, located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dali art, featuring more than 2,000 works comprising nearly 100 oil paintings; over 100 watercolors and drawings; and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art.

The building is itself a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels – the only structure of its kind in North America. Nicknamed The Enigma, it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. The Museum has attracted the world’s attention, and among the other distinguished awards it has received, it was listed by AOL Travel News as “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime.”

The Dali Museum is located at One Dali Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. For additional information contact 727-823-3767 or visit

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