Release Date: November 9, 2009 Contact: Alexia Davis 561.832.5196 ext.1183 firstname.lastname@example.org NORTON MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES 2009-2010 NEW AND RETURNING BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND HONORS HARRY A. JOHNSTON FOR 37 YEARS OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE West Palm Beach, FL – The Norton Museum of Art is pleased to announce five new members of the Board of Trustees. Mr. R. Reed Daniel, Mrs. Michael Falk, Mrs. William Mayville, Mrs. Robert Merkel and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein were elected by the Museum Membership at the Annual Meeting held on Monday, November 9, 2009. The Museum Membership also welcomed back Mr. Ralph Saltzman for his second rotation as a Trustee. A special addition to the Annual Meeting was the presentation of the R.H. Norton Award for Distinguished Service to Harry A. Johnston in honor of his 37 years of involvement, in many capacities, with the Norton Museum of Art. Mr. Daniel has served on the Norton Museum’s Education Committee for over 10 years and he was instrumental in introducing the Museum’s Progressive Art Community Education (PACE) program to Palm Beach County in the 1990s. His vast community service and professional experience includes everything from singing and music to criminal justice and youth outreach. Mr. Daniel is currently employed by the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department, where he oversees the Youth Empowerment Program, a gang prevention program which targets at-risk youth living in high-crime neighborhoods. Reed Daniel resides in West Palm Beach with his wife Tanya. Mrs. Falk has been a supporter of the Norton Museum since she and her family relocated to Palm Beach in 2001. Mrs. Falk has previously and is currently serving on the Children’s Holiday Party committee and also chaired the 2009 Première Event. She is also the acting chair of the upcoming Vernissage, an event benefitting the Museum hosted by the American International Fine Art Fair. Mrs. Falk is an active philanthropist who is involved with numerous organizations that support a wide range of causes, from the environment and children’s charities to those that support the heroes of 9/11, as well as the foundation which she and her husband started. Annie Falk lives in Palm Beach, Southampton and New York with her husband Michael and their two children. Mrs. Mayville is currently a member of the Norton Museum’s Marketing and Education Committees and is the co-chair of the popular Art Speaks lecture series. Her extensive experience in the corporate world includes her roles as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing, and Customer Officer of Sears; a Principal Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of children’s internet company, E-Toys; and Vice President of Marketing for North America for all Pepsi beverages. Mrs. Mayville is on the Board of Trustees of the Interlochen Center for the Arts and was a trustee of the Chicago Symphony. She supports arts and community focused charities and is on the Board of Directors for the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Janine Mayville lives in Jupiter with her husband Bill and their two-year old son. Mrs. Merkel has been a member of and chaired the Norton Museum’s Audit Committee since 2005. She was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Chris-Craft Industries, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange Company, and Senior Vice President, Treasurer, and a Director of BHC Communications, Inc., an American Stock Exchange Company, majority owned by Chris-Craft, through July 31, 2001, when both companies were acquired. In June 2001, she was appointed by the governor to the University of Florida's Board of Trustees and has served as the Chair of its Audit and Operations Committee since then. She is also actively involved with the University in other capacities including the Board of Directors of the UF Foundation, serving on its Finance Committee, the Board of Directors of the UF Research Foundation, serving on its Audit Committee, and the Steering Committee for UF Fisher School of Accounting. Joelen and her husband Bob live in Ocean Ridge. Mr. Rubenstein has been involved with the Norton Museum since 2003. He has been a member of the Works of Art Committee since 2008 and was a supporter of the 2009 Biennial Photography Auction. Mr. Rubenstein is also a member of the Host Committee for the upcoming special exhibition Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker. Mr. Rubenstein is also a contemporary art collector. He is a media and Internet entrepreneur. Mr. Rubenstein previously founded the Sci Fi Channel, a cable TV network that is now owned by NBC/Universal. Prior to founding the Sci Fi Channel, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law for 10 years. Mitchell is married to Laurie Silvers and lives in Boca Raton with their three children. Mr. Saltzman returns to the Board of Trustees after a mandatory rotation. An extremely active supporter of the Norton Museum, Mr. Saltzman currently chairs the Advancement Committee and he is also a member of the Works of Art Committee, the Contemporary and Modern Art Council, Photography Committee and the Membership Committee. Mr. Saltzman and his wife Muriel have made major donations to the Norton Museum over the last several years, including a very significant gift to advance contemporary art through innovative exhibitions, programs, outreach and audience development efforts, as well as a named gallery and funding for arts education programming. The Saltzmans reside in Palm Beach Gardens and New York City. Mr. Johnston began a lifelong relationship with the Norton Museum while growing up in West Palm Beach in the 1940s. An attorney, he later became president of the Florida Senate and a three-term congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. Between 1972 and 2009 he served three non-consecutive terms on the Board of Trustees during the tenures of three different directors. Mr. Johnston served from 1997 to 2003 on the Norton’s Education Committee and chaired it for four years. Johnston ably led the board as chairman from 2003- 2005 as the museum formulated and adopted its Strategic Plan for 2006-2011. We salute him and thank him for his service and wish him the very best for the future. Dr. Roger Ward, Interim Director and Chief Curator of the Norton Museum, commented “This year’s Annual Meeting was particularly memorable as we had the opportunity to announce five new exemplary Trustees, to express our gratitude to those who continue to serve on the Board, and to pay tribute to Harry A. Johnston for his 37 years of dedication and service to the Museum and the community it serves. He is truly an inspiration to us all.” 2009-2010 Norton Museum Board of Trustees: William H. Sned, Esq., Chairman John Niblack, Vice Chairman Kemp Stickney, Vice Chairman Mrs. Susan L. Petersen, Treasurer Linda Boothby, Secretary Mrs. Theodore Baum Mrs. Paul Casey Mark W. Cook R. Reed Daniel Mrs. Michael Falk Mrs. Jeffrey Fisher Mrs. Miles Q. Fiterman Peter Georgescu Henry Kaufman Gilbert C. Maurer Mrs. William Mayville Mrs. Joelen Merkel Mrs. Arthur Meyer Carlos Morrison John M. Richman Mrs. George Ross Mitchell Rubenstein Ralph Saltzman Mrs. Harold Smith Mrs. William J. Soter Mrs. Leo A. Vecellio Dr. Roger Ward ### The Norton Museum of Art is one of the Southeast’s premier art museums—a 68-year-old flagship institution known for the quality of its extensive collections, traveling special exhibitions, and innovative educational programming. Founded in 1941 by Ralph and Elizabeth Norton, the Norton Museum has been recognized for its internationally renowned collection of American, European, Chinese, contemporary art, and photography. Annually, the Norton Museum presents exhibition related lectures, concerts, and programs for children and adults. Shop in the Museum store or enjoy lunch in Café 1451 at the Norton. The Norton Museum is open Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for visitors ages 13-21, and free for Members and children under 13. Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission to the Museum Collection every Saturday, with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission to the Museum Collection the first Saturday of each month, with proof of residency. For additional information, please call 561. 832.5196 or visit www.norton.org.