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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 15, 1995
                                THE ARTS

The President today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to the National Council on the Arts.

Patrick Davidson of California is currently president of Patrick Davidson Productions, Inc. and producer of "The American Teacher Awards," "Sing Me A Story," and other television programming. He was senior vice president of the Disney Channel from 1985 to 1991. In addition, he was a producer of programming and promotion for ABC Television, Paramount, Universal Pictures and Disney Studios from 1975 to 1985. Patrick Davidson Productions produced the video, "Reinventing Government...By the People," that was hosted by Vice President Gore, and staged live events at federal agencies throughout the government where the Vice President paid tribute to agencies and individuals as "Heroes of Reinvention."

Townsend D. Wolfe, III of Arkansas is director and chief curator of the Arkansas Arts Center, and has served in this capacity since 1968. He is also a lecturer of art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and serves as a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation. Mr. Wolfe is the author of several essays and publications pertaining to the arts. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Winthrop Rockefeller Memorial Award, the Arkansas Art Education Advocacy Award and a Presidential appointment to the National Museum Services Board. He earned a B.F.A. from the Atlanta Art Institute in 1958 and an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1959. Mr. Wolfe attended the Harvard Institute of Arts Administration in 1970.

The National Council on the Arts advises the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (who also chairs the Council) on policies, programs and procedures for carrying out the agency's functions, duties and responsibilities and reviews and makes recommendations to the Chair 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.