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WASHINGTON, DC -- In March, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions confirmed four of President Bush's nominations to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The new appointments -- Scottsdale businessman Don V. Cogman; Cincinnati arts patron Katharine Cramer DeWitt; Austin educator Teresa Lozano Long; and Los Angeles-area designer Maribeth Walton McGinley -- will serve six year terms expiring September 3, 2006.

Connecticut-based art critic David Gelernter has not been confirmed, as of the latest Senate nomination confirmation report.

Many in the arts community expressed concern at Bush's nomination of Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University and a painter and writer. In an Open Letter to the Bush Administration Concerning the National Council on the Arts, the National Association of Artists' Organizations: (NAAO) emphasized that "Mr. Gerlenter's beliefs concerning women and homosexuality, as he has expressed them in published interviews and his own published writing, are far from the mainstream and have no place on an advisory body responsible for national policy. Mr. Gelernter's nomination is even more problematic, as he is the sole non-commercial artist whom the President has nominated."

Also not confirmed was Dallas art collector Deedie Potter Rose, according to the Senate Civilian Appointments report. However, Rose's nomination now carries a new date of March 14, 2002, so it is likely that it is yet to be considered.

The National Council on the Arts advises the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on agency policies and programs. It reviews and makes recommendations on applications for grants, funding guidelines, and leadership initiatives. Fourteen members of the Council are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate for six-year, staggered terms. Six members of Congress, two appointed by the Speaker of the House, one by the Minority Leader of the House, two by the Majority Leader of the Senate, and one by the Minority Leader of the Senate, serve for two-year terms.

By law, the President's appointments to the National Council on the Arts are to be selected for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts or their expertise or profound interest in the arts, and in response to this round of nominations, many artists and arts administrators urged that in making appointments which impact National Arts policy, the President take into consideration the many artists, arts administrators, and arts funders with deep, lifetime experience in the arts.

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions which oversees confirmation of nominations for the National Council on the Arts. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) is the ranking Republican member.


U.S. SENATE -- http://www.senate.gov

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE ARTS -- http://www.nea.gov/learn/NCA/About_NCA.html

"Arts Community Asks President Bush to Make National Council on the Arts Nominations Who are Integrally Involved in the Arts; Who Represent the Spirit of our Nation's Arts and Culture"
Arts Wire Current -- http://www.artswire.org/current/2002/cur022602.html
February 26, 2002

"Arts Community Reaction to the President's Nominations for the National Council on the Arts"

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