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It is my distinct
pleasure to introduce you to the ISC's new President and Director Maria
Pallante-Hyun. Maria and the ISC appear to be a perfect match. She has
experience in and exposure to the international art world, having worked
as a staff lawyer and licensing representative for the Guggenheim Museum
and its worldwide affiliates for the past five years. She has experience
with two not-for-profit membership organizations in the literary field
(as Executive Director of the National Writers Union and Assistant
Director of the Authors Guild/Authors League of America). She is a
highly respected lawyer and lecturer in the not-for-profit world and an
expert in copyright, trademark, and related business affairs. She has
testified several times before the U.S. Congress and before President
Clinton's working group on the National Information Infrastructure, and
she has also authored and co-authored numerous friend-of-the-court briefs
on copyright, contract, and free expression issues. She has chaired various
professional committees in both law and the arts. For nine years, she
served on the U.S. Executive Committee of the Association of Littéraire
et Artistique Internationale, the artists' rights group founded in 1878
by Victor Hugo.
Although her past
is important, her future potential is far more important. The Board believes
that Maria will take the ISC to a whole new level. She is full of ideasways
to help artists and those who love art. She listens, then makes decisions
backed with strong conviction. She is bright, articulate, and thoughtful
with a bias for action. The bottom lineMaria is a strong leader,
and leadership was the number one attribute for which we were searching.
I want to again acknowledge
the hard work and dedication of Mary Catherine Johnson, Glenn Harper,
and the rest of the ISC staff. They are the reason that the ISC has performed
so well during the last year. I would also like to congratulate Mary Catherine
on being named Associate Director for the ISC.
Thanks also go the
entire ISC Board and Executive Committee for being patient as we searched
for the best possible leader for ISC. Finding the right leader was worth
the wait. Finally, I want to recognize the hard work of the Search Committee
led by Armando Silva. This committee worked continuously from last July
to this March. Thank you Laura Thorne, John Henry, Bob Mangold, John Young,
and Russ RuBert. Maria will begin communicating her thoughts to you in
this space beginning next month. Please join me in congratulating and
welcoming her to the International Sculpture Center.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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