Denise Gardner Becomes First Unlit Girl to Lead Art Institute of Chicago Board

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In a ancient circulate, the Art Institute of Chicago has named art work collector and patron Denise Gardner as its next board chair. A longtime trustee of the museum, Gardner might well be the first African American and the first lady to protect the topic. Her election could additionally notice the first time a Unlit lady became elected to lead the board of a most valuable U.S. art work museum.

“It’s an honor to honest compile this role,” Gardner acknowledged in an announcement. “I gaze ahead to working with the institution’s leadership and workers to completely realize our aspiration of making sure that folks of all ages from in some unspecified time in the future of the Chicagoland place of living and beyond, critically younger other folks, see the Art Institute of Chicago as a region where they are welcome and essentially belong.”

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Gardner, 66, has been eager with the Art Institute for nearly 30 years, including a 15-year tenure as a trustee and 5 years in her new role as vice chair of the board. Robert M. Levy, the new board chair, will remain on the board after Gardner assumes the topic in November.

A Chicago native and Northwestern industry faculty graduate, Gardner founded the shock products company Namaste Laboratories with her husband Gary in the 1990s. They equipped the company the next decade, and maintain since became their consideration to collecting and philanthropy. Their sequence of more than 130 works specializes in sleek and contemporary Unlit artists, with works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Carrie Mae Weems, Sam Gilliam, Ed Clark, Amy Sherald, Slash Cave, and Elizabeth Catlett.

Gardner has equally advocated for below-represented artists from her topic on the Art Institute. She became the lead sponsor of the 2018 Charles White retrospective and has funded acquisitions to the museum’s drawing and sleek and contemporary art work departments over the years.

“Denise is on the leading fringe of constructing art work and fabricate training more inclusive,” acknowledged College of the Art Institute of Chicago president Elissa Tenny. “She is a transformational leader, drawing the College of the Art Institute of Chicago and museum nearer to those we serve, while expanding who’s in that viewers

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