Michele Cohen Elected Chairman of the Board
Ann Kaplan Elected Secretary of the Board
Joan Hornig and Barbara Waldman Welcomed as New Trustees
New York, NY (July 15, 2016)
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michele Cohen as Chair of its Board of Trustees. Cohen succeeds Lewis Kruger, who has become Chairman Emeritus. MAD’s Board of Trustees also elected Ann Kaplan as Secretary, and voted to appoint Joan Hornig and Barbara Waldman as new Trustees.
“MAD will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this fall, and I welcome the opportunity to lead the board into the next chapter of the Museum’s history,” said Cohen. “We are extremely grateful for Lewis Kruger’s more than twenty-five years on the board and the past seven as Chair. He led us through a period of transition for the Museum and the completion of our capital drive. His steadfast and inspired leadership has been essential to our success. I look forward to our continued partnership.”
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Joan Hornig and Barbara Waldman to the Board. They each bring a wealth of experience, and passion for the art and design worlds,” added Kruger. “Ann Kaplan has been a dedicated member of our Executive Committee for over a decade and we look forward to her becoming Secretary of the Board.”
Michele Cohen began her career in education, before joining Cohen & Steers, where she worked in finance for 18 years. Since becoming a Museum Trustee in 2008, Cohen has served on a number of board committees, including the Collections, Development, Exhibitions, and Executive Committees. She was elected Secretary of the Board in 2014 and Vice Chair in 2015. Additionally, she has served as the Chair of Loot: MAD About Jewelry since 2010. Under her leadership, the annual artist-made jewelry exhibition and sale has raised $2.5 million for the Museum. She currently serves on MAD’s Director Search Committee.
In addition to her role with MAD, Cohen serves as a Trustee of Alfred University and the University of Vermont Foundation, and she is a former Trustee of Riverdale Country School and Project Kesher, a grassroots organization that supports women in the former Soviet Union. At Alfred University, she established the Cohen Center for the Arts, transforming a former fraternity house into a vibrant cultural resource. In 2016, she was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. At the University of Vermont, Cohen is funding the transformation of the aged Elihu B. Taft School building into a modern studio and exhibit space for students and faculty in the Department of Art and Art History. Along with her husband, Martin, she supports numerous other philanthropic endeavors in New York City; they especially share a passion for Central Park, as reflected in their contributions to Central Park Conservancy. She holds a BS from the University of Vermont and an MS from Hunter College.
A complete list of the officers of the Museum of Arts and Design Board of Trustees, elected June 2, 2016, follows:
Chair Michele Cohen
Chairman Emeritus Jerome A. Chazen
Chairman Emeritus Lewis Kruger
Chairman Emerita Barbara Tober
Secretary Ann Kaplan
Marian C. Burke
Cecily M. Carson
Charles S. Cohen
Mike De Paola
C. Virginia Fields
Nanette L. Laitman
Laura Taft Paulsen
William S. Taubman
Suzanne G. Elson
Jack Lenor Larsen
Alfred R. Shands, III
Maggi Peyton, Representative for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Malini Shah, Representative for City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
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The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum's founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum's curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.
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