NEW YORK, NY.-
Chairman of the Board Margot Bogert recently announced the election of two new Trustees, Jean-Marie Eveillard and Barbara Fleischman. Bogert comments, “The Frick Collection
owes its outstanding exhibition, public program, and research activities to the many people who care about it most deeply, among whom are its Trustees. This is a highly engaged group, and we are pleased to welcome two wonderful new voices to its ranks.” Adds Director Anne L. Poulet, “Indeed, Jean-Marie Eveillard and Barbara Fleischman not only bring to the Frick years of experience supporting institutions in the fine and performing arts, the social services and beyond, but both have demonstrated a clear appreciation and concern for The Frick Collection and its custodianship. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome them to our Board of Trustees.”
Businessman Jean-Marie Eveillard is a noted and oft-quoted financial commentator. He is the co-portfolio manager for the Global, Gold, Overseas and U.S. Value Funds of the First Eagle Funds. In 2001, Morningstar (a compiler of investment research, analysis, and news) named him International Manager of the Year, and, in 2003, Eveillard received Morningstar’s Lifetime Achievement Award for building one of the most successful long-term records in the investment business. In 2008, GAMCO Investors bestowed upon him the Gabelli Prize, an honor that recognizes an individual for making outstanding contributions that have enlarged the field of value investing.
Through the Eveillard Family Charitable Trust, he and his wife Elizabeth have provided support to a wide ranging number of institutions in the arts, education, and social services. Recent grant and gift recipients include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, The Glimmerglass Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Salvation Army, Smith College, Tufts University, Harvard Business School, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. The Eveillards have been supporters of The Frick Collection for many years. They joined the Director’s Circle in 2007, and Mrs. Eveillard serves on the institution’s Council. Together, the Eveillards collect drawings by European and American artists from Boucher to Sargent, and they have pledged major support to the upcoming exhibition Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection.
Barbara Fleischman brings to the Board a breadth of experience with institutions engaged in research, scholarship, and special collections. Over the past 40 years, she has been a major supporter of cultural institutions, including the British Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the American Craft Council, and the Smithsonian Institution, where she served as the Chairman of its Archives of American Art. She has served on the boards of the Museum of Television and Radio, WNET, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Planned Parenthood of New York City. Fleischman is currently a Life Trustee of the New York Public Library and is Chairman of the Visiting Committee of American Paintings and Sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is also Chairman of the Drama Council at the Juilliard School.
Together with her late husband, Lawrence Fleischman, owner and chief executive officer of the Kennedy Galleries, Mrs. Fleischman amassed one of the world's finest private collections of ancient Greek and Roman art. The Fleischmans also collected American art, seeking out works by Copley, Bierstadt, Church, the Hudson River School, Homer, Ryder, Eakins, Burchfield, Marin, Shahn, and Max Ernst, and others. At the Archives of American Art, Mrs. Fleischman founded the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, which presents interactive and informative exhibitions from a collection of more than 16 million items documenting the history of visual arts in America. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fleischmans endowed a chair in the department of American art and supported the installation of three galleries in the American Wing, established a gallery of late medieval secular art, and underwrote a permanent position for a senior scholar in the museum’s department of Greek and Roman art. Barbara Fleischman, too, is one of the major supporters of the Frick’s fall 2009 exhibition.