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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 15, 1997
                    THE COMMISSION ON FINE ARTS

The President today announced his intent to appoint Ann Todd Free as a member of the Commission on Fine Arts.

Ann Todd Free, of Washington, DC, currently serves as the President of the Vice President's Residence Foundation. The foundation's function is to work for historic and educational purposes, such as assisting in the preservation and furnishing of the official residence of the Vice President of the United States. In addition, she also serves as the President of the Sheraton-Kalorama Neighborhood Council. Previously, Ms. Free held positions in the congressional offices of Jim Mann and Butler Derrick. She served for two years as the executive assistant to the managing director of the European division of Daniels Construction Company in Brussels, Belgium. She also worked for the American Bankers Associations in the government affairs division. Ms. Free, a native of Laurens, South Carolina, received her B.A. in English Literature from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Commission on Fine Arts is an independent agency whose purpose is to advise upon the location of statues, fountains, and monuments in the public squares, streets and parks of the District of Columbia. With the exception of the Capitol Building and the building of the Library of Congress, the Commission selects the artists for the execution of the statues, fountains and monuments, and advises the President and Congress on questions pertaining to public art.