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3/29/04

James F. Dicke II Elected Chair,
Samuel G. Rose Elected Vice-Chair of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Board of Commissioners

Contact Laura Baptiste (202)275-1595
BaptisteL[at]si.edu


The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the election of James F. Dicke II of New Bremen, Ohio, as chair, and Samuel G. Rose of Bethesda, Md., as vice-chair, of the museum's Board of Commissioners, effective immediately.

The Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum was established in 1921 as an advisory board for the museum. The 24 commissioners, whose terms are four years, meet twice a year in Washington, D.C. to advise the director of the museum on matters of policy, fundraising and to review proposed major acquisitions.

"The next couple of years hold exciting challenges for the museum and I am gratified that Jim Dicke and Sam Rose will be in positions of leadership as we prepare for reopening on July 4, 2006," said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. "Both of our leaders demonstrate a long-standing commitment to American art. Dicke's experience running a major corporation and his involvement in capital campaigns will be invaluable, while Rose provides a Washington business perspective and expertise as a developer that will be critical in the midst of the museum's major renovation. Both are significant collectors of American art and able to provide knowledgeable guidance on our art programs."

James Dicke has been a member of the museum's commission since 2000 and previously served as the Campaign Planning Committee Chair. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of electric heavy-duty lift trucks that was founded in 1945 by Dicke's grandfather, Carl H. Dicke. Dicke is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Dicke is an artist in his own right, and he and his wife, Janet, are collectors of American art and major contributors to the museum's capital campaign. The James F. Dicke Endowment for Contemporary Art was established in 2003. In addition to his association with the museum, Dicke is chairman emeritus of the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio, and is a member of the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

"This is a special time in the history of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and it is a privilege to be serving with so many fine people," said Dicke.

Samuel Rose has served on the museum's commission since 2001 and is a member of the Collections Committee. He is a founder and partner of Greenbaum & Rose Associates, a residential and commercial real estate development firm in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. Rose is a graduate of Dickinson College and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Rose is a long-time supporter of the museum and has contributed to the capital campaign, the acquisition program and several special projects. In 1987, he joined the American Art Forum, a patrons' support organization established a year earlier. Rose and his wife, Julie Walters, collect American art including work by early modernists, Taos School paintings, contemporary glass and studio furniture. They are supporters of the upcoming exhibition "Right at Home: American Studio Furniture," which opens in April at the museum's Renwick Gallery.

Dicke and Rose succeed commissioners Ferdinand T. (Terry) Stent of Atlanta, Ga., and Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan of Washington, D.C., who served as chair and vice-chair respectively.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum collection began with gifts of art donated to the federal government in 1829 and has evolved into the world's most important American art holdings with approximately 40,000 artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries.

While the renovation of the museum's historic building continues, American Art offers a full program of exhibitions at its Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.). For information about Renwick Gallery activities, call (202) 633-1000 or visit the museum's award-winning Web site at AmericanArt.si.edu.

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