THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
President Names Four to the Commission of Fine Arts
The President today announced that he has appointed the following four members to the Commission of Fine Arts: J. Carter Brown of the District of Columbia (a reappointment), Rex Ball of Oklahoma, Carolyn Brody of New York and Eden Rafshoon also of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Brown is Director Emeritus of the National Gallery of Art. He has served as a member of the Commission since 1971.
Mr. Ball is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HTB, Inc., an international architectural, engineering, interior design and planning firm. He has been involved in various historic preservation and restoration efforts and serves on numerous architectural boards.
Ms. Brody holds a Master of City Planning and has worked in the Real Estate Division of the First Boston Corporation. He was previously a city planner specializing in historic district planning. Ms. Brody has also been a lecturer in the Career Discovery Program in Environmental Design at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and has served as an arts consultant to the State University of New York.
Ms. Rafshoon currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Ballet, the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre. She was previously a production designer and interior designer.
The Commission was established to advise the President and Congress about the selection of locations, models, and artists for statues, fountains, and monuments in the District of Columbia. The Commission typically reviews the designs for national buildings, landmarks, sculptures, parks, and commemorative coins. In addition, the commission provides general advice to the President and Congress about questions of art such as the authorization of memorials and the establishment of a competitive process for securing design services for the federal government.