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Frick Collection announces election of two new board members
Melinda Martin Sullivan with Frick Director Ian Wardropper. Photo: Christine A. Butler.

NEW YORK, NY.- Frick Chairman of the Board Margot Bogert has announced the election of two new Trustees, James S. Reibel, M.D., and Melinda Martin Sullivan. Bogert comments, “The Frick Collection has experienced a remarkable year of acclaimed exhibitions and robust educational offerings, while the unparalleled facilities and initiatives of our library situates it at the forefront of our field. Accompanying those activities is a remarkable level of support at all levels, with general membership, as well as private foundation and corporate giving, at an all-time high. The Board joins me in welcoming James S. Reibel and Melinda Martin Sullivan as stewards of this great institution, knowing that their perspectives and abilities will add strength upon strength to the Board.” Adds Director Ian Wardropper, “Jay Reibel and Melinda Sullivan bring to the Frick diverse and committed backgrounds in philanthropic leadership. As we have gotten to know them over the past decade, we have seen their level of engagement with the Frick deepen, and we look forward to working more closely with them as Board members.”

James S. Reibel, M.D., and his wife, Barbara, have been Frick supporters since 2003. In 2007, they joined the Director’s Circle and are currently members of all three of the Frick’s Fellows Committees (Curatorial, Decorative Arts, and Center for the History of Collecting). Dr. Reibel and his wife co-chaired the Frick’s 2011 Autumn Dinner, the institution’s biggest annual fundraiser. They are collectors of eighteenth-century American furniture, Chinese export porcelain, English Georgian silver, and nineteenth-century marine paintings.

Dr. Reibel has had a very active career in clinical medicine, health care administration, and public policy related to the delivery, organization, and financing of health care in the United States. A former practicing psychiatrist, he founded a group of distinguished private psychiatric hospitals. He was also founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Health Care, Ltd., one of the largest disease management companies in the United States. Preferred Health Care purchased and managed mental health and workers’ compensation services for more than eleven million Americans by the time it was acquired by a larger health care company in 1993.

He has served on a wide variety of medical and civic boards and committees. Dr. Reibel was appointed by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare of the United States to the National Advisory Board to the Secretary and to the Congress on Medicare and Medicaid. He served on the board of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Greater New York, was a member of the Board of the New York County Medical Society, and was chairman of its Committee on Medical Economics. In addition, Dr. Reibel was the chairman of the Committee on Financing Mental Health Care of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Reibel was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the U. S. Advisory Committee on the Arts and served on the national board of trustees of the Boys Club of America. He was also a member of the board of trustees of Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut, and served on the U.S. Delegation to the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Organization. He previously served on the board of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College (Dartmouth’s center for study, teaching, and research on public policy) as well as the college’s Hood Museum of Art. Dr. Reibel has also served on the board of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut and currently serves on the board of the American Museum in Britain.

Melinda Martin Sullivan and her husband Paul Ryan Charles Sullivan have been Frick supporters since 2001. They joined the Director’s Circle in 2011, the same year they joined the Frick’s Decorative Arts Committee. She has a long history of philanthropic involvement and is a current board member of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as serving on the executive committee of the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut. Among her past board affiliations are many in the Hartford area: The Wadsworth Atheneum, where she served for twenty years (and was also chairman of affiliated Chick Austin House; The Mark Twain House and Museum; the University of Hartford Art School, and the Renbrook School. Mrs. Sullivan has also served on the Executive Planning Committee of Bard Graduate Center and the board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Mrs. Sullivan comes from a family committed to philanthropy in the arts. Her mother, Eloise Wright Martin, was a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and chaired the museum’s European Decorative Arts committee for two decades, while endowing two named leadership positions there: that of the director and the chair of European decorative arts. The Eloise W. Martin Gallery of European Decorative Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago is named in honor of her mother.

The Sullivans have wide collecting interests, including European decorative arts, American and European paintings and furniture, and Irish Georgian silver. They have built the largest private collection of Du Paquier porcelain in the world, much of it featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s landmark 2009 exhibition Imperial Privilege: Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier, 1718–44. That exhibition celebrated the definitive publication Fired by Passion: Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, which was generously supported by the Sullivans. The couple operates the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation for the Decorative Arts, which aims to fund a variety of arts endeavors.

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