Teresita Fernández appointed to U.S. Commission on Fine Arts
Artpace is proud to announce that current Board of Directors member and IAIR 98.4 alum Teresita Fernández has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Fernández will be one of seven commission members, serving a four-year term.
According to the White House press release dated Friday, September 16:
Members of the arts panel play a key role in shaping Washington’s architecture by approving the site and design of national memorials and museums; advise the U.S. Mint on the design of coins and medals; and administer the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program, which benefits non-profit cultural entities that provide arts programming in Washington.
Fernández’s appointment is the most recent honor in an already esteemed career, which includes a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, inaugural John Hardy resident, and the youngest artist commissioned for her permanently installed Seattle Cloud Cover at the Seattle Art Museum.
In the Artpace video, Fernández reflects on our residency program saying, “I think there are very few opportunities for artists to have that kind of experimental place to possibly fail, because possibly failing means possibly making the best thing they have ever made.”
Here’s to the exciting opportunity that awaits Fernández and future art projects and sites within the Washington, DC area!
Image credit: Photo by Andrew Watson