March 05, 2009 12:15 ET

Art Patron and Philanthropist Homeira Goldstein Elected Board Chairman of Fellows of Contemporary Art

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - Homeira Goldstein, well-known philanthropist and hostess of numerous charitable events, leading patron of contemporary art, architecture, and design, and passionate advocate of emerging artists, has been named Chairman of the Board of the Fellows of Contemporary Art, founded in 1975 as an organization to help fund and promote contemporary artists, exhibitions, and publications by California artists.

According to Ms. Goldstein, "FOCA has built and maintained one of the only California-wide art organizations with an active schedule, active members, and activism in supporting the continuing stream of diverse contemporary artists emerging in California and onto the international scene -- a solid foundation onto which I believe we can continue to build.

"I aim for FOCA not to become cowed by the economic melt-down, but instead, to use it as motivation to think about the broader role it can play -- a role in helping things to turn around and rebuild in a more robust manner -- a role in helping us move from the information age to the imagination age," continued Ms. Goldstein.

"I believe this can be done especially by considering how we might better advocate for, instigate, and participate in art education programs in California -- especially for our youth and younger prospective members.

"The belief I bring to my term as FOCA's Chair is that art does not occur in a vacuum, nor are its applications limited to galleries, museums, or private collections. Now, in addition to supporting individual artists and curators, we need to pay attention to contemporary art awareness and education, and help to develop an appreciation for the sometimes confounding, energetic, and challenging bleeding edge of art where FOCA has always placed its emphasis and signature."

Ms. Goldstein is a board member of a host of non-profits, including as Chairman of Arts Manhattan, Vice-Chair of the Modern and Contemporary Art Council of LACMA, member of the Board of Governors of the Otis College of Art and Design, and member of the Rand Corporation's Politics Aside Events Steering Committee, among others.

Other FOCA board members elected this year include Michael Gold, Vice-Chair, Jon Deer, Secretary, Rubin Turner, Treasurer, Mary Chadre, Long-Range Planning Chair, and Lisa Friedman, Programs Chair.

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