(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, Fla., has elected seven new members of Miami’s arts and business community to its board of trustees: J. Ricky Arriola, Tracey Berkowitz, Madeleine Conway, Marianne Devine, Nedra Kalish, Patricia Kleh and Alvaro Martinez-Fonts. The appointments come as construction of Miami Art Museum’s new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building progresses in Miami’s Museum Park and against the backdrop of the institution’s capital campaign in support of museum programming and operations.
The announcement was made by Miami Art Museum board of trustees’ Chairman Aaron Podhurst and President Gail Meyers. “The addition of these outstanding new board members is consistent with our track record of attracting some of the most highly-regarded members of Miami’s philanthropic, business and arts communities,” said Meyers. “Beyond applying their business expertise to our work overseeing Miami Art Museum, our newest trustees will provide an important link to the South Florida community. We look forward to their talent, knowledge and support as we build the museum’s new home at Museum Park.”
MAM’s new trustees are as follows:
• J. Ricky Arriola is immediate past chair of Miami’s Performing Arts Center Trust, an independent body of business and civic leaders that oversees the nonprofit Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. He is also president and CEO of Inktel Direct, a national business process outsourcing company based in Miami. During his tenure as chair, the Arsht Center balanced its budget for the third-consecutive year, paid off its last remaining bank debt seven years early, and elevated its role as a catalyst for economic development in Miami’s burgeoning urban core. Among his activity in Miami’s business, civic and arts communities, Arriola is a member of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a member of the board of directors of the Music Association of Miami, an active fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a member of the Henry Crown Fellowship program of the Aspen Institute.
• Tracey Berkowitz is president of Coral Gables, Fla.-based nonprofit group the Fairholme Foundation, the charitable arm of Fairholme Capital Management, where the focus is community support and growth in the arts, higher education and Jewish-related causes. Berkowitz is also on the board of directors for the University of Miami and on the board of overseers for the Center for Jewish History in New York. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1979, and now lives in Miami with her husband and three children.
• Madeleine Conway, philanthropist, avid art devotee, collector and author, is a long time supporter of the arts and cultural community. She co-authored the Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Cookbook, in which she interviewed some of the greatest artists of the 20th-century, including Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. In addition to her experience as an accomplished writer, she has dedicated much of her life to the art world and some of its world-renowned arts institutions, including New York’s Guggenheim Museum where she participated in art training, conducted multi-lingual tours and created promotional programs as well as the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center where she participated in the inauguration of art editions which provided assistance for families with special needs. Conway is a supporter of many diverse arts organizations, including Dieu Donne, Papermill, Aperture and Locust Projects. In addition, she is an active member of the AD Council (MOMA’s architecture and design council), Westport Arts Council and ArtTable, a national organization that promotes women’s roles in the professional art world.
• Marianne Devine is senior vice president with Northern Trust Bank where she serves as a senior relationship manager and team leader on a wealth advisory team based in Miami. Devine is also on the board of the Miami Children’s Museum serving on the executive board for over ten years and as its immediate past treasurer. Her board involvement includes serving as chair of the development committee and co-chair of the capital campaign to build the museum’s new facility on Watson Island during which time the Museum raised over $20 million from government grants, corporations, foundations and private individuals. She is also an active member of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami and is a past board member serving on both the development and education committees. In addition Devine has been long time supporter of the arts and cultural community in South Florida and is a past board member of the Historical Association of Southern Florida, Ransom Everglades School Parent Association and Junior League of Miami. She and her husband John are also members of Friends for Sylvester, a society dedicated to cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
• Nedra Kalish, a retired psychotherapist with a master’s degree in social work from Barry University, is a dedicated philanthropist with a long history of helping others. Today as director of the Kalish Family Foundation, she does volunteer psychotherapy work once a week at a Miami-Dade public high school. Kalish is heavily involved in the Courtelis Center planning board at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Gables Stage board of directors, the Funding Arts Network and the Temple Judea Choir. Kalish graduated from Spring Arbor College in Michigan and earned a Master of Social Work degree from Barry University.
• Patricia Kleh is a prominent arts enthusiast, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and has been an avid supporter of Miami Art Museum since moving to Key Biscayne, Fla. from London in 2007. As Director of the Kleh Family Foundation, she actively supports arts education and cross-cultural dialogue in both the United Kingdom and the U.S. Kleh, having received an undergraduate degree in art history and a master’s degree in education, pursued her life-long interest in arts and education as a college counselor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Northern Virginia Community College. Before moving to the U.S., Kleh also worked as a corporate recruiter and labor relations specialist at Shell Oil Company as well as owned and operated her own catering business.
• Alvaro Martinez-Fonts is the CEO of JPMorgan Private Bank Florida in Miami and oversees the firm’s statewide private banking wealth management business. JPMorgan Private Banking management is a leader in the high net worth and ultra high net worth market, managing more than $500 billion in client assets. Martinez-Fonts, who is fluent in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese, sits on several boards including the Florida Grand Opera, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and on the board of directors of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in Manhattan.
About Miami Art Museum
Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, Fla., is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum’s educational programming currently reaches more than 30,000 people every year, with the largest art education program outside the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The new Miami Art Museum at Museum Park, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is scheduled to open to the public in 2013. The new facility will provide room to showcase growing collections, expanded exhibition space to bring more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County, and an educational complex. For more information about Miami Art Museum, visit miamiartmuseum.org or call 305.375.3000.
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Miami Art Museum is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. Miami Art Museum is an accessible facility. For sign language interpretation or assistive listening devices please call Miami Art Museum’s education department 305.375.4073 at least five days in advance. Materials in accessible format may be requested.