appoints new President and CEO. May 2008.The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) has named Christina DePaul as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, James Dubin, Chairman of the NFAA Search Committee announced today. As NFAA’s top executive, DePaul will be responsible for all programming, development, communications and financial issues in running the foundation.
“youngARTS, a program of National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) rewards the best and the brightest young artists in the nation. To guide the organization into the next phase of growth, the Board of Trustees has chosen the best and the brightest of leaders, Christina DePaul,” said Dubin, NFAA’s incoming board chairman as well as the head of the search committee.
An accomplished and award-winning artist, DePaul most recently served as Senior Vice President of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Dean of the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, where she managed all educational and academic programs and activities, including the graduate and undergraduate degree programs, continuing education programs, research, galleries, and community programs, among other endeavors.
Much like the young students who are the soul of youngARTS™, the core program of NFAA, DePaul’s artistic journey began as a high school student in Pennsylvania, where she attended the Governor’s School for the Arts, an intensive program in visual and performing arts. She majored in art as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University and continued her training at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she earned a master’s degree in fine arts. DePaul returned to Carnegie Mellon as an artist-in-residence and instructor for undergraduate and graduate programs and then accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Akron/Myers School of the Art. While there, she became Chair of Metalsmithing, and in 1994 assumed the title of Director of the School of Art.
Throughout these years in academia, DePaul continued her career as a successful working artist, exhibiting in national and international shows, and winning awards and commissions. She was selected as a "Young American” by the American Crafts Council and received the Cleveland Arts Prize. Her work is displayed at the White House, the Cleveland Museum and numerous museums and galleries throughout the nation.
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