Board of Directors
Gregory Amenoff is a painter who lives in New York City and New Mexico. His BA is from Beloit College. In 1994 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Fine Art in Boston. He is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Tiffany Foundation, and The Artist Foundation of Massachusetts. He has had one person exhibitions in scores of museums, public spaces and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of more than twenty museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He has been a Professor of Art at Columbia since 1994 and was recently appointed as the inaugural Eve and Herman Gelman Professor of the Visual Arts in the School of the Arts. He has also taught at The School of Visual Arts in New York, Rhode Island School of Design, Yale, Skowhegan and numerous other schools.
He is represented by Alexandre Gallery in New York, Nielsen Gallery in Boston, The Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe and Vidal St. Phalle Galerie in Paris.
Theodore S. Berger
Theodore S. Berger has been involved in the arts community for nearly forty years. He served as Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) for thirty three years and "retired" in December 2005. During this period, NYFA became one of the country's largest providers of grants and services to individual artists and artist -centered organizations in all disciplines. He is one of the key people in the country focused on supporting artists.
Mr. Berger is now continuing his work through a number of major efforts: he is the Project Director for the Urban Artist Initiative/NYC (UAI/NYC), a consortium program to support NYC artists of color; he also directs New York Creates, an initiative to create more entrepreneurial opportunities for New York's craft artists and artisans, with a special concentration on those forms from immigrant and Diaspora communities, and he serves as a Trustee and is treasurer of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He has also served as a consultant for the development of the Louisiana Creative Economy Foundation and as lead consultant for the feasibility of developing a new Visual and Performing Arts Library for the Brooklyn Public Library.
In addition to being a member of CUE's Board, Mr. Berger currently serves on the Boards of ArtsConnection, the Design Trust for Public Space, the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the Asian American Arts Alliance, and the HB Studio. He is on numerous Advisory Boards, including Studio in a School, the Theater Museum, Brooklyn Economic Development, the Older Artists Project of Columbia University's Research Center for Arts and Culture, and the Diversity Initiative Committee for Parsons; he is a founding Steering Committee member of the New York City Arts Coalition. He writes and speaks extensively on the arts and artists and cultural policy for numerous national and international publications, conferences, academic institutions, and organizations.
Mr. Berger was formerly Assistant Dean for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of International Affairs at Columbia University.
Thomas G. Devine
Thomas Devine was a financial consultant to Emigrant Savings Bank, responsible for originating and underwriting large loans to the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), oil and gas (Master Limited Partnerships) and homebuilding sectors.
Mr. Devine's career and professional expertise span banking (including two of the ten largest banks in the world, Citigroup and HypoVereinsBank), structured finance, real estate development, transportation, the public sector and non-profit "social purpose" corporations, in many instances as the founding principal.
Mr. Devine received his B.S. on Marine Engineering (honors) from the US Merchant Marine Academy and his M.B.A. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Thomas K.Y. Hsu
Thomas Hsu is an investment director of CNC Industries of Monaco where he lives.
Mr. Hsu is a Committee Director of the Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited and a Board Director of Teekay Corporation. His family's philanthropic interests also include support of primary education in developing countries.
Mr. Hsu is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. In 2007, he was appointed l'Ordre de Saint-Charles, Chevalier.
Brian D. Starer
Brian D. Starer is the Managing Partner of Maritime at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.
Mr. Starer has more than 35 years’ experience as a maritime practitioner, primarily focusing on marine casualties including groundings, sinkings, fires, collisions and environmental pollution. He has investigated and advised on all aspects of maritime and environmental casualties including property damage, cargo loss, personal injury and death claims, and natural resources and other environmental damage. Mr. Starer has advised ship owners, international protection and indemnity clubs and hull underwriters. Mr. Starer has served as casualty counsel in more than 100 ship disasters worldwide.
Mr. Starer holds an unlimited US master’s license and in 2002 was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame at the United Nations. His articles on maritime law have appeared in several publications including Lloyd’s List, TradeWinds, Oil & Gas Journal, Financial Times, Fairplay International, Seatrade, The Journal of Commerce, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of “Places of Refuge,” published in Swedish Club Letter in March 2008, as well as numerous other articles on maritime law.
Mr. Starer has been named in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2001 and has been recognized as a leading shipping lawyer since 1998 by Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers including Euromoney’s The Best of the Best. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America and Chambers USA.
Mr. Starer is a member of the International, Inter-Pacific and American Bar Associations and the American Bar Foundation. He serves on the Maritime Law Association’s Committee on Navigation and Coast Guard and Government Regulation and is a trustee of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, as well as a trustee of the American Merchant Marine Museum.
Corina Larkin is a painter and writer who lives in New York.
Prior to becoming an artist, Ms. Larkin co-founded a company to market the brand of U.K. childcare expert Dr. Miriam Stoppard. She also worked at Booz Allen & Hamilton as a management consultant to the media, telecommunications and financial sector for many years, serving clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Ms. Larkin received a BA from Cornell University, a BFA from Purchase College, an MA in China Studies and International Economics from SAIS and an MBA from Wharton. She speaks German and Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Larkin also sits on the board of the Purchase College Foundation.
Vivian Kuan is an architect and designer with a strong interest in developing arts in education programs for children. Ms. Kuan previously worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York City, and at Sun Hung Kai Properties in Hong Kong.
After receiving a joint MA/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School, Vivian developed expertise in cross-channel and online marketing at Estee Lauder, and as a marketing director at L'Oreal. Ms. Kuan received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. She also sits on the advisory board at The Chege Orphanage dedicated to helping children and women affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
Jan Rothschild is Vice President of Communications and External Affairs for Cambridge Information Group, a family owned management and investment firm, primarily focused on education, research and information services companies. CIG owns eleven companies including Sotheby's Institute of Art, a Master's Degree program in Art Business, Contemporary Art, Fine and Decorative Arts, East Asian Art, Photography and Contemporary Design, based in New York, London and Singapore, and Bach to Rock, a music education program for students of all ages based in Bethesda, MD with schools in Maryland and Virginia.
Most recently Ms. Rothschild served as the Vice President for Communications and Marketing at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she oversaw media relations, marketing, messaging and branding, online communications and Preservation Magazine. Previously she was Associate Director for Communications and Marketing at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, overseeing communications, marketing, new media, visitor services, community and government affairs. Before joining the Whitney she served eight years as Chief Communications Officer at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Ms. Rothschild also worked as an associate producer for Talk of the Nation at National Public Radio, directed communications and public affairs for the American Planning Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, and managed special events and public relations for two divisions of the May Department Stores Company. She is a founding board member of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, and serves on the Board of the Washington Project for the Arts. She has also served on the board of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Washington Review of the Arts, Pushing the Limits, and the steering committee for Cultural Tourism, DC. Ms. Rothschild is a member of Art Table, the American Association of Museums and the College Art Association.
Sanford Biggers is an LA native currently working in New York City. Influenced by Buddhism, hip-hop and urban culture, Biggers's art integrates film/video, installation, sculpture, music and performance. He has had numerous solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally including the Tate Britain and Modern, London and the Whitney Museum, New York, and has been awarded residencies and fellowships including: Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California; ARCUS Project Foundation, Ibaraki, Japan; and the Art in General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest, Hungary. He has been a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, the Eyebeam Atelier Teaching Residency, the Studio Museum AIR Program, the P.S. 1 International Studio Program, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.
Biggers is the recipient of numerous awards including: The Creative Time Travel Grant, Creative Capital Project Grant, New York Percent for the Arts Commission, Art Matters Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Award in performance art/multidisciplinary work, the Lambent Fellowship in the arts, the Pennies From Heaven/ New York Community Trust Award, Tanne Foundation Award, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award Grant, James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship.
He is currently a professor of visual art at Columbia University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Joyce E. Robinson
Joyce Robinson is the President and Executive Director of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation was established in 1984 by Marie Walsh Sharpe, the culmination of Sharpe's long-held dream of providing financial assistance to the very gifted in the visual arts. Mrs. Sharpe charged the Foundation with providing supplemental instruction to art students, through workshops and seminars, beyond that offered in the secondary schools. In 1998, MWSAF launched The Space Program, a Brooklyn-based studio residency granting free space annually to 17 artists for the creation of new works of art.