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President Clinton Names Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel to the Commission of Fine Arts

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                           January 8,

                          PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES
                      TO THE COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS

     President Clinton today announced his intention to re-appoint
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel as a member of the Commission of Fine

     Ms. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, of New York City, is the author
of eighteen books focused on the arts, architecture, design and public
policy.  She is the longest-term commissioner (1972 to 1987) to have served
on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.  From 1987 to 1995,
she was Chair of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, and
currently serves as the Chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation
Center.  Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel was a member of the Art Commission of
New York City from 1990 to 1994, is a founding Board Member of the New York
Landmarks Conservancy (since 1973) and served as a Board Member of the
Municipal Art Society for 1973 to 1983.  In 1987 she was named to the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Council and in 1993 was named to the Archives
Partnership Trust of New York State.  She has been the curator of six
museum exhibitions that have traveled nationally and is the
interviewer/producer of numerous television series.

     Ms. Diamonstein-Spielvogel earned a Ph. D. from New York University
and received Honorary Doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Arts and
Longwood College, Virginia.  In 1994, she became the first woman to be
honored with the Founder?s Award of Pratt Institute.

     The Commission of Fine Arts was established in 1910 to protect and
enhance the appearance of the Capital.  It is the only independent agency
whose purpose is to render decisions on designs brought before it by the
Federal and District of Columbia government agencies.  The Commission also
advises on designs for circulating a commemorative coinage and approves the
siting and design of American memorials, here and abroad.


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