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Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice

American Folk Art Museum
New York, NY
Anne-Imelda Radice, PhD, has more than thirty-five years of expertise in the cultural and non-profit worlds as a curator, administrator, and director. Prior to her appointment as Director of the American Folk Art Museum, she served as a principal in an international public affairs company and later advised private clients (museums, universities, foundations, and other charities) on a variety of strategic matters.

Radice served as the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the largest federal cultural agency (18,000 museums and 123,000 libraries), where she was appointed by President George W. Bush in December 2005 and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2006. During her tenure, IMLS awarded grants totaling $1 billion dollars and received budget increases each year. At the Institute, she created and provided leadership for ‘Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action,' a national conservation initiative designed to raise public awareness. The initiative included a National Summit, four forums on conservation across the country, the distribution of three thousand Conservation Bookshelves, collaborative state planning grants, and a resource laden website and international component.

Radice forged partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts in The Big Read, an initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture, and with the National Endowment for the Humanities in Picturing America, an initiative that brings copies of masterpieces of American art into libraries and classrooms nationwide.

Among the many honors she has been awarded, Radice received the Forbes Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Conservation from the American Institute of Historic and Artistic Works. In December 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Radice the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest honor that can be conferred on a civilian, in recognition of her exemplary service to the nation.

Prior to joining IMLS, Radice was the Acting Assistant Chairman for Programs at the Humanities Endowment; the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the United States Department of Education; and Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. She also served as Chief of the Creative arts Division of the United States Information Agency; Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts; the first Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; and Curator of the U.S. Capitol, Office of the Architect of the U.S. Capitol; and Assistant Curator, National Gallery of Art.
She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; an MBA from American University; and an AB from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. Radice also has an MA from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy. She has written and lectured widely on Italian architecture, painting, The United States Capitol, individual artists, conservation, exhibit design, and management.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The African Art Museum; Smithsonian Institution; Historic Gettysburg Foundation; The College Art Association; The Tom Lea Institute; and the Police Museum, New York City.

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