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Report of Regents Cultural Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Committee on Cultural Education Committee had its scheduled meeting on May 8, 2017. Regent Roger Tilles, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report. In attendance were committee members: Regent Tilles, Chair, Regent Cea, Regent Cottrell, Regent Chin and Regent Johnson. In addition to CE Committee Members, in attendance were: Chancellor Rosa, Vice Chancellor Brown, Regent Cashin, Regent Finn, Regent Mead, and Regent Mittler. Also in attendance were Commissioner Elia, Executive Deputy Commissioner Berlin, and Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs Alison Bianchi. Regents absent: Regent Ouderkirk


Chair’s Remarks: Regent Tilles welcomed everyone and informed the Committee that on Wednesday morning there will be a meeting of the Arts 4+1 Pathway Subcommittee and all Regents are welcome to attend.

Appointments to the Regents Advisory Council on Museums [CE (A) 1]

Deputy Commissioner Mark Schaming introduced the recommended appointments and reappointments to the Regents Advisory Council on Museums. Members of the Regents Advisory Council on Museums offer advice and consultation on issues of policy and service pursuant to the Board’s statutory mandate to operate the State Museum and oversee museums across New York State. Regent Tilles informed the Committee of the need to expand the advisory council to increase participation and diversity among members. Regent Tilles recommended that the advisory council be expanded to 15 members with additional appointments to be made in June.

Motion: Regent Cea
Second: Regent Cottrell
Unanimous vote in favor of the motion.

Recent Acquisitions in History [CE (D) 1]

Karen Quinn, Senior Historian and Curator of Art and Culture, reported on recent additions to the State Museum’s history collection, including a collection of artwork from the historic Woodstock Art Colony and a ticket booth from the original 1923 Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Quinn introduced the donor of the Woodstock Art Colony Collection, Arthur Anderson, to the Committee. Anderson recently donated the collection to the New York State Museum, where the collection will be transferred and permanently housed. Anderson thanked the Regents and stated that he is pleased and grateful that the collection will be at the New York State Museum for all New Yorkers to learn from and appreciate. The Woodstock Art Colony Collection features 1,500 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and archival material and represents more than 170 artists from the early 20th century art colony in Woodstock, NY. Quinn provided an overview of the artwork and artists in the collection, including works by Birge Harrison, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Eugene Speicher, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

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Meeting Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 3:50pm