President Bush Nominates Two New Members for the National Council on the Arts
July 12, 2004
Washington, D.C. - President George W. Bush has nominated writer and critic Terry Teachout and art museum director James K. Ballinger to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Once confirmed by the Senate, they will fill the positions of dance company director Cleo Parker Robinson and theater center director Gordon Davidson, whose terms expire in September.
Terry Teachout is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, the music critic of Commentary, and a contributor to The Washington Post. He also writes about the arts for The New York Times, National Review, and other publications. His most recent books are A Terry Teachout Reader and the upcoming All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine. Teachout is also the author of The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken and the editor of Beyond the Boom: New Voices on American Life, Culture, and Politics. He wrote the foreword to Paul Taylor's Private Domain, contributed to The Oxford Companion to Jazz, and has written liner notes for CDs by Chanticleer, Diana Krall, and NEA Jazz Master Marian McPartland. Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1956, Teachout lived in Kansas City early in his career, working as a jazz bassist and music critic for The Kansas City Star. He earned a bachelor's degree in music and journalism from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He lives in New York City.
James K. Ballinger, a specialist in American Art, has been director of the Phoenix Art Museum since 1982. He has directed major exhibitions including Americans in Brittany and Normandy 1860-1910, Diego Rivera: The Cubist Years, Frank Lloyd Wright Drawings and Frederic Remington's Southwest. He is also author of a monograph, Frederic Remington. Ballinger has served on numerous grant panels for the NEA, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Phoenix Arts Commission. He sits on the boards of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Phoenix Community Alliance and the L. Roy Papp Mutual Funds. He is also a member of the Maricopa Regional Arts and Cultural Task Force, a new community leader forum. Ballinger received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas, and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
The nominations will be reviewed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) is the committee chairman and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is the ranking member. Once confirmed, council members serve six-year terms.
The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on policies, programs, and procedures for carrying out the agency's functions, duties and responsibilities. Council members are chosen for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts, their expertise or profound interest in the arts, and their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts.
For more information about the National Council on the Arts and its Members, visit http://www.arts.gov/about/NCA/About_NCA.html or contact the NEA Office of Communications at 202-682-5570.
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