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April 8, 2008
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS TO THE STATE ARTS COUNCIL
Governor David A. Paterson today announced three nominations to the Board of the State Council on the Arts
The nominations are as follows:
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel has been nominated to serve as Vice Chair and Member of the Board of the State Council on the Arts. She is an author, television interviewer and producer, preservationist, and civic activist. In 1966, Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel became the first Director of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, initiating the first public art exhibition by Tony Smith at Bryant Park and the first public performance in Central Park of the Metropolitan Opera. She also served as a Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1972 to 1987 and was Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Foundation from 1987 to 1995. She served as a Member of the New York City Cultural Commission and a Member of the New York City Art Commission.
Since 1995, Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel has been the Chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center (HLPC), creating a Cultural Medallion program documenting notable occurrences, distinguished individuals and other important aspects of New York City’s cultural, economic, political and social history. Among other programs, the HLPC initiated, created, designed and financed all of the terra cotta street signs in each of New York City’s Historic Districts. Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel was appointed by President Reagan to the Board of the United States Holocaust Museum in 1987 where she served as Chair of the subcommittee that commissioned all of the original art credited for the museum. She was appointed to the United States Commission of Fine Arts in 1992 by President Clinton. In 2002, Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel became the first woman elected Vice Chair of the Commission.
Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel is the author of 19 books and the curator of seven international museum exhibitions, each based on one of her books. A current exhibit based on “The Landmarks of New York,” is being circulated by the U.S. Department of State to 62 countries on each of the five continents. Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fresh Air Fund, Friends of the High Line, and the New York State Historic Archives Trust, among others. Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel earned her doctorate from New York University, and has received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Longwood University in Virginia. She was also elected an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects.
Judith Rubin has been nominated to serve as a Member of the Board of the State Council on the Arts. Ms. Rubin has been a Member of the Council since 1989 and was Chair of the Planning Committee from 1991 to 1996. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Playwrights Horizons, a theater that supports and produces the new work of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists. In addition, Ms. Rubin is a Member of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.
Ms. Rubin is also a Member of the Administration Committee for the Tony Awards and was a Tony Awards Nominator. She served on the National Council on the Arts of the National Endowment for the Arts for eight years and spent six years as a Member of the Board of Theatre Communications Group. In addition, she served on Yale University's Council Committee on Theater and is a Member of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Board of Overseers. Ms. Rubin was a Member of the Board of Regents of New York State. She is a trustee of Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical School and a former trustee of Public Radio International and the Center for Arts and Culture. She was Commissioner for Protocol during the Dinkins Administration and is former President and Chairman of the 92nd Street Y. Ms. Rubin received her A.B. from Wellesley College and was a Danforth Scholar at the University of Grenoble.
Jeffrey Soref has been nominated to serve as a Member of the Board of the State Council on the Arts. Mr. Soref is the President of Soref Associates, Inc., a private consulting firm located in New York City that specializes in public relations management.
Mr. Soref is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and also serves as a Member of the Museum's Visiting Committee for the Department of Asian Art. He has been a frequent lender to the Museum in the areas of Asian and African art. From 2003 to 2006, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and was Co-Chair of the Board’s Government Affairs Committee. He organized Lincoln Center's first salute to Gay Pride benefit as part of the city's celebration of Gay Pride Week. In 1994, Mr. Soref was asked by the New York Public Library to help organize a landmark exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The exhibition,Becoming Visible, brought together 600 items from the Library's own collections and archives and chronicled more than 100 years of lesbian and gay history. It broke attendance records and became the second most popular exhibition in the Library's history up to that time. Mr. Soref is a past Co-Chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Empire State Pride Agenda. He was also President of the Board of Directors of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis from 1991 to 1994. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association. Mr. Soref received his A.B. from Brandeis University and his Master of Science with distinction in Russian Government from the London School of Economics.
These appointments require Senate confirmation. Members of the Board of the State Council on the Arts do not receive a salary.