Ken Brecher, Chairman, executive director, Sundance Institute
Since 1996, Ken Brecher has been the Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, an organization "dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors, and to the national and international exhibition of new, independent dramatic and documentary films."
Brecher has served as President of the William Penn Foundation, Director of the Boston Children's Museum, and Associate Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum. An anthropologist by training, he has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including a research grant from the Getty Center for Education in the Arts and a Ford Foundation Fellowship for his study of Amazonian tribesmen in Brazil.
He serves on a number of boards, is a Trustee of the Wildwood School in Los Angeles, and is a member of the International Arts Advisory Council for the Wexner Center for the Arts. Brecher has lectured and published widely, and has served as an international consultant on current challenges facing arts leadership.
Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president, The American Academy in Rome
Since 1988, Adele Chatfield- Taylor has been Prsident of the American Academy in Rome, a center for "independent study and advanced research in the fine arts and humanities." The Academy annually awards Rome Prize Fellowships in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including architecture, design, visual arts, literature, and Classical studies, among others.
She has worked as a professional historic preservationist and arts administrator for a number of years, starting her career at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, where she ultimately established and assumed the role of Director of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation. She later served as Director of the Design Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts.
She has served on numerous boards in connection with the arts and preservation, and has been the recipient of many fellowships, including a Loeb fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been an advisor to architecture schools at Yale, Princeton, the University of Virginia, and Harvard.
Arthur Danto, professor, author and art critic, The Nation
Arthur Danto, philosopher, author, and art critic, has been a major force in shaping recent aesthetic theory. Since 1984, he has served as Art Critic for The Nation, and he has published articles in many other journals. He is an editor of the Journal of Philosophy and is a consulting editor for various other publications.
In addition to his essays, Danto has written numerous books, including Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present. which won the National Book Critics Circle Prize for the Criticism. His most recent book is Unnatural Wonders: Essay from the Gap Between Art and Life.
Danto has been a professor at Columbia University since 1966, where he currently serves as the Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy. He has been the recipient of many fellowships and grants including two Guggenheim Fellowships and a Fulbright, and he has served as Vice-President and President of the American Philosophical Association and President of the American Society for Aesthetics.
Osvaldo Golijov, composer
Composer Osvaldo Golijov has been influenced by a wide variety of musical styles from Classical to tango. In 2000, the premiere of Golijov's St. Mark's Passion, was commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, with the CDs receiving Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations.
Future projects include works for Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony.
Golijov has been composer-in-residence at the Spoleto Festival and Ravinia, among other festivals, and has recently been named composer in residence at the Chicago Symphony. He has received numerous commissions from major institutions in the U.S. and Europe, and is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Walter Mosley, author
Walter Mosley is the author of twenty-three critically acclaimed books. His popular ' ' Easy Rawlins ' mystery series began with Devil in a Blue Dress, which was later made into a movie produced by Jonathan Demme and starring Denzel Washington.
Among his many works of fiction, nonfiction and science fiction, his most recent works include, The Fortunate Son, and Fear of Dark, "a high-velocity, larger-than-life thriller about family, betrayal, and revenge," released last month in a continuation of his ' Fearless Jones' series.
Mosley has won numerous awards including the O' Henry Award. He has served on the board of directors of the National Book Awards, and presently serves on other boards including the The Poetry Society of America and TransAfrica, and is past-president of the Mystery Writers of America.