THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Coral Gables, Florida)
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES KATE FITZ GIBBON AS A MEMBER TO THE CULTURAL PROPERTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE The President today announced his intent to appoint Kate Fitz
Gibbon as member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee.
Ms. Kate Fitz Gibbon, of Sante Fe, New Mexico, will serve as a member with expertise in the sale of international cultural property. Since 1977, Ms. Fitz Gibbon has been co-owner of Anahita Gallery in Santa Fe. She is an author, lecturer and recipient of several awards, including the George Wittenborn Memorial Award presented by the Art Libraries Society of North America for the Best Art Book of 1997 for Ikat Silks of Central Asia. Her field research on antique textiles and jewelry has been conducted in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Ms. Fitz Gibbon is a founding member and former President of Textile Museum Associates of Southern California.
Ms. Fitz Gibbon attended the University of California at Berkeley, with a specialization in Islamic Studies.
The Cultural Property Advisory Committee was created to advise the President on the import of archaeological and ethnological materials into the United States. It consists of eleven private citizens who are experts in archaeology, anthropology, and the international sale of cultural property, and who represent the interests of museums and the general public. The Committee renders the expert advice necessary to review requests from other countries seeking United States protection of their archaeological and ethnographic heritage.