Elizabeth Broun is responsible for the nation’s premier collection of American art and major exhibition, research, publication, education, and new media programs. During Broun’s tenure, the museum has become a leader in distance learning, Web-based resources, research databases and new media. In addition, the museum has developed a significant national education program and innovative uses of technology in all aspects of the museum program. Broun conceived and secured funding for many of the museum’s core programs and new public spaces—a conservation center, an art storage and study center, an enclosed courtyard, an auditorium and an education center—in the museum’s main building, a magnificently renovated National Historic Landmark located in the heart of a revitalized downtown cultural district.
The innovative Lunder Conservation Center is the first art conservation facility that allows the public permanent behind-the-scenes views of the preservation work of museums. The Luce Foundation Center for American Art is the only visible art storage and study center in Washington, with thousands of artworks on public display. The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard is a public gathering space designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners. The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, a 346-seat space, is the first such facility for the museum. The MacMillian Education Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art video conferencing system that allows for an expanded national and international distance learning program.
Broun’s research interests include contemporary art, 19th-century art, and prints and drawings. Her 1989 exhibition catalog on Albert Pinkham Ryder won the prestigious Alfred H. Barr Award for Distinguished Scholarship.
Broun came to Washington in 1983 as chief curator and assistant director of the museum, following seven years as a curator and interim director at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas in Lawrence. She has served as director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, since August 1989.
Broun earned a doctorate degree (1976) in art history from the University of Kansas for her work on American art exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Bordeaux in France.
Charles C. (Sandy) Wilkes is Chairman of The Wilkes Company. He founded the company in 1980 after practicing land use and zoning law in the Washington, DC office of Linowes and Blocher.
Mr. Wilkes is President of the Washington Children’s Foundation, a trustee of the Federal City Council, and a founding member of The Downtown Developer Roundtable. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a founding director of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, and a founding director and Vice Chairman of the NoMa Business Improvement District. He served as a member of the Downtown Retail Incentive Review Panel and a member of the Center City Action Agenda Task Force. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is currently Chairman of the NoMa Parks Foundation.
Over the years, Mr. Wilkes has also been a consultant or advisor on real estate matters to a host of non-profit groups, including Arena Stage, The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia, The Gospel Mission, The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, and Family and Child Services of Washington, DC.
While attending law school in the evenings, Mr. Wilkes served as legislative assistant to the District of Columbia City Council and subsequently as staff director of the City Council Special Advisory Commission on Industrial and Commercial Development. This blue ribbon commission established the first blueprint for economic development in Washington, DC and recommended the creation of the city’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Mr. Wilkes has been a guest lecturer at several Washington, DC universities on land use, planning and development issues.
Recently, Mr. Wilkes received the Citizenship Award from Mount Carmel Baptist Church, the President’s Award from Family and Child Services of Washington, DC, and the NoMa Business Improvement District’s Private Stakeholder Award for 2011.
Mr. Wilkes is a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School; Amherst College, where he serves as Chairman of the Mead Art Museum Advisory Board; and the American University Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Wilkes’s wife, Helen, is a registered historic preservation architect in private practice. They have three daughters.
Roger K. Lewis, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is a practicing architect and urban planner; a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland College Park; and an author and journalist.
After earning a B.Arch. degree at M.I.T., he joined the Peace Corps in 1964 and served for two years as a volunteer architect in Tunisia, returning to MIT for his M. Arch. degree. Prof. Lewis subsequently helped start the architecture program at the University of Maryland’s new School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he taught architectural design from 1968 to 2006. In 1969, he opened his architecture and planning office based in Washington, DC. A practitioner throughout his teaching career, his firm has designed or co-designed a wide range of award-winning projects: new planned communities; market-rate and affordable multi-unit housing complexes; custom-designed private homes; public schools; community recreational facilities; and civic art centers.
In 1998 the U.S. General Services Administration appointed Lewis to GSA’s Design Excellence National Peer Committee, which reviews the design of federal projects – courthouses, federal office buildings – throughout the country, and he serves periodically as a GSA design consultant. For more than 20 years, he has been a member of the government-appointed Design Review Board for “Carlyle” and “Eisenhower East,” redeveloping sectors of Alexandria, Virginia. He is also a planning and architectural design consultant to other metropolitan Washington government agencies such as Montgomery County and Arlington County. In 2004-05, the city of Houston, Texas, asked him to assemble and lead a team of national housing experts to recommend affordable housing policies and actions to respond to the city’s future population growth.
In 1984 Prof. Lewis began writing his thematic, illustrated column, “Shaping the City,” in The Washington Post. He writes critical commentary about a broad range of topics and issues: urban design and architecture, smart growth, sustainability, historic preservation, housing, transportation and infrastructure, codes and regulations, and construction technology. His unique columns and cartoons have received numerous awards and have been republished nationally and internationally. The subject of several exhibits around the United States, in 1999-2000 his “Shaping the City” drawings were shown at a one-man exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. In 2013 the American Institute of Architects sponsored an extensive exhibit of his cartoons, titled “The Design Comedy,” at the AIA’s national headquarters. And since 2007, he has been a regular guest discussing “Shaping the City” issues on the Kojo Nnamdi radio show, broadcast by American University’s National Public Radio affiliate WAMU-FM.
Prof. Lewis has served as Professional Advisor organizing and guiding a number of significant and successful national and international design competitions that culminated in built projects. These include: the University of Maryland College Park performing arts center; the Catholic University of America law school; the Silver Spring, Maryland, civic building and plaza; the State of Maryland World War II Memorial; the University of Baltimore law school; and the DC Architecture Center. The Professional Advisor typically establishes the competition process; prepares competition briefs stipulating schedules and submission requirements; selects jurors; and oversees jury deliberations.
Frequently invited to give talks to professional, governmental and civic organizations, Prof. Lewis is the author or co-author of numerous professional journal articles and books, among them Shaping the City, published in 1987 by The AIA Press;The Growth Management Handbook ; and most recently the 2013 third edition of Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession, first published by The MIT Press in 1985.
As a volunteer assisting non-profit organizations, he co-chaired the building commitee for the new Woolly Mammoth Theatre in D.C., and is a trustee of the National Children’s Museum. Currently president and chair of the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation, he is leading the effort to create a modestly scaled commemorative work in the nation’s capital honoring the historically significant, 1961 founding of the Peace Corps. In November 2013, the Washington Architectural Foundation presented Prof. Lewis its eighth annual John “Wieb” Wiebenson Award for Architecture in the Public Interest, recognizing Prof. Lewis as “A Champion of Design for the Greater Good.” The late John Wiebenson was one of the first University of Maryland School of Architecture faculty members.
Born in Ocala, Florida, Robin Rose lives and works in Washington, DC. Robin Rose (American, born 1946) works within the demanding field of encaustic painting. Through an incomparable mastery of this difficult medium, one of the oldest forms of painting, Rose presents concepts germinated from the latest technological advancements, archeological discoveries, and systems analysis. Rose’s abstractions suggest something familiar, driving the viewer towards an intuitive understanding of complex content through a far-reaching variety of color, textures and visual effects. Robin Rose’s work is included in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, among other private and public collections.
MFA Florida State University, 1972
BFA Florida State University, 1968
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Robin Rose: Crescendo, 2nd Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
2010 Robin Rose: Distortion, Delay, & Sustain, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
2009 Robin Rose: Endeavor, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Robin Rose: Cypher, American University Art Museum, Washington, DC
2008 Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Robin Rose, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
2004 Numark Gallery, Washington, DC
2003 Renate Bender Galerie, Munich, Germany
2002 Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Numark Gallery, Washington, DC
2000 Goya Girl Press, Baltimore, MD
1999 M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Numark Gallery, Washington, DC
1997 Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
1995 M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Baumgartner Galleries Inc., Washington, DC
1993 M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
Patricia Shea Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1992 Baumgartner Galleries, Inc., Washington, DC
1991 Larry Becker Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Shea Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990 Baumgartner Galleries, Inc., Washington, DC
Shea & Beker Gallery, New York, NY
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