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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    and I have no doubt we will be hearing about how the institution is flourishing under her tenure for years to come In addition to her work at IMLS Dr Radice s experience includes serving as Acting Assistant Chairman for Programs at the Humanities Endowment and as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the United States Department of Education and Chief of the Creative arts Division of the United States Information Agency Dr Radice was also previously the first Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Curator of the U S Capitol Office of the Architect of the U S Capitol and Assistant Curator National Gallery of Art Dr Radice holds a PhD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill an MBA from The American University an MA from Villa Schifanoia School of Fine Arts Florence and an AB from Wheaton College She currently serves on several boards including those of the African Art Museum of the Smithsonian Institution Historic Gettysburg Foundation the College Art Association the Tom Lea Institute and the Police Museum in New York City Among her awards are the US Presidential Citizen s Medal the Forbes Medal and the Heritage Preservation Award The American Folk Art Museum anchored in New York City s Lincoln Center neighborhood is America s premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self taught artists from the United States and abroad The Museum boasts a comprehensive collection of folk art dating from the eighteenth century to the present and collaborates with other museums to expand its reach across the country Anne Imelda Radice PhD has more than thirty five years of expertise in the cultural and non profit worlds as a curator administrator and director Prior to her appointment as Director of the American Folk Art Museum she served as a principal in an international public affairs company and later advised private clients museums universities foundations and other charities on a variety of strategic matters Radice served as the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services the largest federal cultural agency 18 000 museums and 123 000 libraries where she was appointed by President George W Bush in December 2005 and unanimously confirmed by the U S Senate in March 2006 During her tenure IMLS awarded grants totaling 1 billion dollars and received budget increases each year At the Institute she created and provided leadership for Connecting to Collections A Call to Action a national conservation initiative designed to raise public awareness The initiative included a National Summit four forums on conservation across the country the distribution of three thousand Conservation Bookshelves collaborative state planning grants and a resource laden website and international component Radice forged partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts in The Big Read an initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture and with the National Endowment for the Humanities in Picturing America an initiative that

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    recipe or exotic spice a love letter or lock of hair Its contents at one time were a treasure to be discovered or preserved In so carefully trying to designate the essential role of an otherwise ordinary metal container the hand painted tin box became itself a work of art a kind of masterpiece As did the quilt and the weathervane the whirligig and the hundreds of other works of art brought into being by necessity transformed by an imaginative or entrepreneurial or sentimental or especially skillful soul into an aesthetic object imbued with such fanciful or ferocious expression that it was treasured over time and preserved The Museum also champions in every sense of that word works of art made by those who found that they could not help but express themselves through visual means The material world speaks to them sometimes they believe literally or they are compelled to bring into the world a manifestation of what they re told or what they see dream fear most or desire Call them self taught or visionary or outsider Or call it what avant garde artist Jean Dubuffet 1901 1985 termed art brut which encompasses many different kinds and types of objects calligraphies needlework sculpture paintings drawings even large scale environments But I digress What we seek most of all is to create engagement with you and we hope that engagement is maximal I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead this Museum at this particular point in its history Our superb collection called by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith one of New York City s great treasures is intact and even more it s on the road here and here I am enormously grateful to the board of trustees and others who held fast to the promise

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/september-2012/ (2016-02-14)
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    again The Leir Charitable Foundations the Danziger family the Schwartz family The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation Jackie Fowler and the Daniel family for their financial support without which this exhibition would not have been possible We also want to thank Commissioner Kate Levin and New York City s Department of Cultural Affairs who were instrumental in bringing the three institutions together to realize this great exhibition There are many other less visible developments at the Museum that are equally important in our ongoing revitalization We are pleased to announce that as a result of a generous bequest from our former Trustee David L Davies and the generosity of his partner Jack Weeden the Museum is the grateful recipient of more than 1 million which we are establishing as the David Davies Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions This fund will be used to support future Museum exhibitions in our Lincoln Square galleries and elsewhere and to help us develop traveling exhibitions that will help in our strategic mission of getting the art out there A number of David and Jack s friends have also made pledges in support of this fund David was a wonderful friend to the Museum for many years as a Trustee as an important collector of folk art and donor of art to the Museum and as a leading member of the Clarion Society The Clarion Society was established to honor those who include the Museum in their estate plans David s generosity reminds us all of the importance of bequests which leave a legacy to ensure the Museum s future For more information about the Clarion Society please contact Elizabeth Kingman at 212 265 1061 or ekingman folkartmuseum org I am also pleased to announce that the Museum has re established its Collections Committee and we have begun to accept or selectively acquire works into our collection The most recent notable acquisition is a spectacular early 20th century quilt made by Carl Klewicke 1835 1913 a German born tailor living in Corning New York This tour de force featuring horses flags birds fountains and other eye dazzling motifs first came to the Museum s attention in the 1980s during the New York Quilt Project a statewide quilt documentation effort spearheaded by the American Folk Art Museum We are thrilled to include this quilt in our collection The quilt was also featured on the cover of the July August 2012 issue of The Magazine Antiques which featured three stories on the American Folk Art Museum including an interview with our trustee Elizabeth Warren We are deep in the process of finding a new Director as we have mentioned before The Search Committee has met with a number of strong candidates and we are optimistic that before the next of these President s letters we will be able to present a new Director to our community At the same time we are also rebuilding some of our other institutional capabilities Over the past couple of months we have

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/presidents-letter-summer-2012/ (2016-02-14)
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    can assure you that we are alive and well A museum is more than a building its heart and soul its exhibitions its programs and its collection are its mission A key part of our reinvigorated mandate is to get the art out there and our collection is on view in three simultaneous installations Jubilation Rumination at our flagship Lincoln Square location Compass which opened last month at the South Street Seaport Museum and 14 major works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art s recently opened American Wing Additionally the museum has recently added three new trustees eliminated its debt and commenced a search for a new executive director We offer numerous educational artistic and music events at Lincoln Square every week and are operating in the black on a yearly budget of about 3 5 million To quote Mark Twain reports of our death are greatly exaggerated The American Folk Art Museum continues to play a vibrant exciting and important role in the cultural ecology of New York City Monty Blanchard President Board of Trustees American Folk Art Museum New York CURATE YOUR OWN COLLECTION ONLINE Outpost Raid Horace Pippin 1888 1946 GET INVOLVED VOLUNTEER AT THE MUSEUM Butter

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/letter-to-the-editor/ (2016-02-14)
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    live within our resources and our resolve will be proved through our performance over time We are working to strengthen the Board of Trustees with new members with diverse talents and backgrounds We have recently added two new trustees and we are actively seeking to add more 4 Spread the word The Museum is alive and we are engaged in planning our artistic activities for the long term This is wonderful news that we must share with the wider world As we move forward we will improve communication with you our museum friends and supporters through outreach such as these President s Letters We must all remain active and creative to spread the word of the museum s vitality and merit 5 Financial sustainability The Museum is now debt free and has over 4 5 million in restricted and unrestricted cash and investments It has multi year pledges from trustees and other supporters and generous grants from institutions such as the Ford Foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies and New York City s Department of Cultural Affairs The strategic plan has a five year financial projection demonstrating a balanced operating budget The Museum s trustees are committed to expanding the sources of our funding and to increasing our trustee and supporter base while retaining our cash reserves I am also pleased to announce that we have retained Phillips Oppenheim a leading firm of search consultants to help us find a new Director and I want to share my vision of what I hope for from such a person The Museum needs an energetic and creative leader who can communicate passion for both traditional folk art and the art of the self taught and who can extend our impact well beyond Lincoln Square She or he should have vision warmth imagination and great communication skills The Director should be someone who can attract new resources to the Museum trustees donors curators collectors and broader audiences and who can manage our existing human and financial resources efficiently and effectively The Director will have an important role in shaping and directing how the Museum carries out the goals of the strategic plan and will have the primary responsibility for continuing to create an exciting and solvent future for our Museum This is a tall order and will demand a special person my fellow trustees and I are confident that we will find such a person and we expect the Museum will be further invigorated by our new Director s leadership On the artistic front our Jubilation Rumination Life Real and Imagined exhibition opened in January and is an exciting presentation of works from the range of our collection mostly added over the last ten years In the New York Times Ken Johnson lauded the show as a wonderful exhibition from this irreplaceable institution the beauty of the museum s approach to art is that it focuses on singularly striking objects Senior curator Stacy C Hollander and I were also seen and heard on the airwaves on

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/an-active-winter-spring/ (2016-02-14)
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    Imagined In the New York Times last week Ken Johnson lauded the show as a wonderful exhibition from this irreplaceable institution the beauty of the museum s approach to art is that it focuses on singularly striking objects rather than on academically certified reputations or institutionalized versions of art history I hope you will read the entire review here Curator Stacy C Hollander and President Monty Blanchard were also seen around the airwaves on NY1 and Bloomberg News and the Huffington Post shared a review and slideshow of images from the exhibition I hope you ll come see the exhibitions and join us for one of our upcoming programs Thank you for being a part of our museum family as we reimagine revitalize and reinvent I ll see you at the museum soon Linda Dunne Acting Director Image photo by Eric Harvey Brown VIEW THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS Diamond in the Square Quilt Artist unidentified VISIT THE AWARD WINNING SHOP ONLINE MEMBERS RECEIVE 10 OFF Untitled Jacket James Castle 1899 1977 ENRICH YOUR MUSEUM EXPERIENCE BECOME A MEMBER Trunk North Shop act c 1790 1841 paint decoration attributed to Mercy North 1798 1872 Visitors Location Hours Tours Exhibitions Calendar About

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/jubilatory-january/ (2016-02-14)
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    two most important expressions in our household were please and thank you I am sure that as President of AFAM I will be using both of those phrases a lot I know I will be saying please often and loudly as the Museum seeks your support and advice We will be saying please to all of our constituencies and friends as we seek the financial support that will fund our many varied activities and ensure the long term viability of the institution We will also be saying please as we work with other arts institutions to develop creative joint projects and collaborations that spread the awareness of our great art And we will be saying please to any thoughtful friend who can offer us good ideas for how we can best accomplish our varied responsibilities and missions This first President s Letter on the other hand must focus on saying thank you There are many people and institutions to whom we owe thanks and I hope you all will join me in appreciating what they have done for the Museum Each of them has contributed significantly to make our current opportunity possible First I must thank the Museum s Board of Trustees with entrusting me with this exciting leadership opportunity In particular I want to thank our Chair Laura Parsons whose tenure as President coincided with a period of great financial challenges and who led us through this difficult period with grace and diligence It was vital to me that she remain a leader here Second I want to acknowledge and thank Joyce Cowin who has joyously committed to Lincoln Square and the Museum for many years and whose recent substantial financial pledge in support of the revitalized Museum is the rock on which our future is built There are many many others to thank Our loyal staff who have remained committed to AFAM s success through difficult times and have enabled the Museum to continue producing exhibitions information educational materials and activities at the highest level Thank you The Museum of Modern Art who has been a great neighbor on 53rd Street Thank you Tod Williams and Billie Tsien who designed a gem of a building for us and remained friends and supporters throughout our trials Thank you The Ford Foundation which has responded to our challenges with significant support and will be stimulating us to become a new model collaborative and innovative institution Thank you Kate Levin and NYC s Department of Cultural Affairs who offered New York City s support and encouragement to us to continue our unique and independent place in the artistic life of this great City Thank you The Rose Family who by entrusting us with the Infinite Variety red and white quilt show gave us a chance to show New York and the world how great a museum we could be and stretched us to envision new ways we could extend our reach outside one location s four walls Thank you The New

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/bright-future/ (2016-02-14)
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    the Board as we enter our second 50 years said Mr Blanchard We have such an outstanding collection both traditional and contemporary a great home at Lincoln Square and a base of loyal supporters all of which position us well for an exciting future The Board has received significant pledges from Trustees and other donors including a major gift from the Ford Foundation toward its operating budget The American Folk Art Museum is an essential facet of New York City s cultural heritage said Darren Walker Vice President for Education Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation Its unparalleled collection of folk art drawn from diverse and self taught artists is a powerful showcase of the American spirit and an important public treasure for the people of our city We are pleased to support the Museum s development of a new highly collaborative strategy to ensure that this irreplaceable art reaches as many people as possible In addition to developing a financial plan the Trustees are also creating a strategy that will increase the visibility of the Museum s renowned collections and extend the American Folk Art Museum brand The Museum will seek to establish a revitalized and expanded program of loans to collaborating New York City institutions as well as packaging traveling exhibitions around the U S as ways of sharing folk art with wider audiences The Brooklyn Museum the New York Historical Society and the Museum of Arts and Design have expressed interest in working with the American Folk Art Museum to identify potential exhibitions where the museums respective collections inform and excite one another The Metropolitan Museum of Art will display approximately 15 major works of art from the collection in honor of the opening of the American Wing and The Henry R Luce Center for

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/museum-future/ (2016-02-14)
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