NEW YORK, NY.- The American Folk Art Museum
announced the election of art historian Elizabeth V. Warren, a Trustee of the institution since 2007, as its next President of the Board. Mrs. Warren, who most recently served as Vice President, was voted President at the museums fall board meeting. Edward V. (Monty) Blanchard, Jr., who served as President from 2011 - 2019, was elected Chairman.
At this important moment for the museum, Im excited for my good friend, Liz Warren, said Mr. Blanchard. Liz has been an active and trusted member of the board for over a decade and brings a thoughtful and pragmatic point-of-view to all museum matters. I am looking forward to continuing our work together in my new role as Chairman.
Noted President Warren: It is a pleasure and honor to continue my work in this new leadership capacity. Together with the board and the staff, I will build upon the success of my colleague Monty Blanchard. As the museum nears its 60th Anniversary in 2021, I look forward to the future with optimism and excitement.
Commented Director Jason T. Busch: I am delighted by the election of Elizabeth V. Warren and look forward to working ever more closely with her. Liz's blend of vision and patience make her an ideal President and will help ensure the long-term strength of the museum she has served so ably. I know that Liz will maintain the tradition of thoughtful board leadership that has served the museums audienceslocal, national, and internationalso well over the years."
President Elizabeth V. Warren
Elizabeth V. Warren has devoted nearly four decades to the study, publishing and curating of folk art. Warren served as American Folk Art Museum curator from 1984 to 1991, and has been a consulting curator since then. She has organized a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions for the museum, many of which have been accompanied by books, including: Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art (2019), Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts (2011), Quilts: Masterpieces from the American Folk Art Museum (2010-2011), and The Perfect Game: America Looks at Baseball (2003). In 2007, she was elected to the museums Board of Trustees. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she was a journalist at House Beautiful covering the home furnishings market as well as art and antiques. While working at House Beautiful she received an M.A. from New York University in folk art studies. Warren was formerly the President of the American Folk Art Society. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College.
Chairman Monty Blanchard
Monty Blanchard has served on the board of the American Folk Art Museum since 2003 and was its President for 8 years. He is currently a retired investor, collector, and patron of the arts. He was previously employed as a Managing Director at Aon Benfield Securities, Inc., a Senior Advisor at Irving Place Capital, Executive Vice President-Strategy & Acquisitions at Bankrate, Inc., and as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. He is on the Board of Directors of Scientific Learning Corp. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.