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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 27, 1995
                      NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Richard J. Stern to the National Council on the Arts.

Richard J. Stern of Illinois is Managing Partner of the Stern Joint Venture Company. He is also a trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a governing member of the Art Institute of Chicago and an investor in theatrical productions. Mr. Stern has been a managing trustee of the Democratic National Committee, and is currently one of the owners of the Chicago Bulls basketball team. In 1989, he was elected to the Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame, and he also received the Sixth Annual Small Business Award as the Number One Small Business Company in the Chicago Area for 1989. Mr. Stern received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, and attended the Executive Program at the Graduate School of the University of Chicago.

The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairperson on the National Endowment for the Arts, who also chairs the Council, on policies, programs and procedures for carrying out the Chairperson's functions, duties and responsibilities; and reviews and makes recommendations to the Chairperson on applications for grants. The Council also recommends to the President individuals and organizations to receive the National Medal of Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in America.