THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES BARBARALEE DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL TO THE
COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS
The President announced today his intent to appoint Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel to the Commission of Fine Arts.
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel of New York is the author of eighteen books focused on the arts, architecture, design and public policy. She is the longest term commissioner (1972 to 1987) to have served on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. From 1987 to 1995, she was chair of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, and currently serves as the chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center. She was a member of the Art Commission of New York City from 1990 to 1994, is a founding board member of the New York Landmarks Conservancy (since 1973), and served as a board member of the Municipal Art Society from 1973 to 1983. In 1987, she was named to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and in 1993, she was named to the Archives Partnership Trust of New York State. She has been the curator of six museum exhibitions that have travelled nationally, and is the interviewer/producer of numerous television series. Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel earned a doctorate from New York University and received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Arts and Longwood College, Virginia. In 1994, she became the first woman to be honored with the Founder's Award of Pratt Institute.
The Commission of Fine Arts advises on matters of design affecting the appearance of Washington, D.C., in particular the architecture of public buildings, parks and memorials and private structures in certain areas of the capitol.