Dennis Scholl joined Knight Foundation in 2008. He serves as adviser to President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen.
Previously, Scholl was vice president for arts, overseeing the foundation’s national arts program. He is a well-known collector of contemporary art whose willingness to experiment and encourage artists and curators to push boundaries is well known in the art world.
Before joining Knight, Scholl created a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of museums, including the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, which resulted in hundreds of patron-funded art acquisitions. He has served on the boards and executive committees of the Aspen Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, the Pérez Art Museum and the Linda Pace Foundation. He has been named three times to the annual Western States Arts Federation list of the Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts and, along with his wife, Debra, recently received the National Service in the Arts Award from the Anderson Ranch Art Center.
Scholl is a five-time regional Emmy winner for his work in cultural documentaries, including films about Tracey Emin, Theaster Gates, Wynton Marsalis and Frank Gehry. His first feature documentary “Deep City: The Birth of Miami Sound,” premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. He recently produced an animated short, “The Sun as a Big Dark Animal,” which was an official selection at the 2015 Sundance International Film Festival. He is the co-founder of Betts & Scholl, an award-winning wine producer in Australia and France.
In 2012, Scholl was named a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow, focusing on the role of culture in community engagement. Scholl is currently a Visiting Scholar of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
Previously, Scholl was a practicing attorney and CPA.