Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Elects Wendy Fisher to the Board of Trustees

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Elects Wendy Fisher to the Board of Trustees

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(NEW YORK, NY – November 21, 2013) — William L. Mack, Chairman, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, announced the appointment of Wendy Fisher to the Board of Trustees at the October 1 meeting of the Board. “The Guggenheim Foundation is delighted to welcome Wendy Fisher to its Board of Trustees,” said Mr. Mack. “She is a true Renaissance woman: clinical psychologist, sculptor, philanthropist, and a deeply committed patron of arts, culture, and education on three continents. We look forward to working with her on the Board.”

Wendy Fisher was born in South Africa and grew up in the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland. She has lived in London for the past 30 years and recently relocated to New York. She is a facilitator and a resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and is the CEO of the Kirsch Charitable Foundation, which focuses largely on social entrepreneurship projects, education, and microfinance in Africa and Israel.

Fisher spends time in the family office and travels between London, New York, Israel, and South Africa depending on professional commitments.

In 1993, Fisher was chosen to represent England as a sculptor in an international art exhibition, “Women and Europe.” Additionally, she was selected to exhibit her sculpture in the Olympic Village during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Fisher is currently the British Chair of the Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI), having held this position since 2009.

She sits on the Boards of the Public Art Fund; the Tate International Council; MoMA P.S.1; Performa; the Jewish Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Artis; the UJA Federation of New York; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Afrika Tikkun, South Africa.

She has received numerous awards, including the Freedom of the City of London in 2012, in recognition of her contribution to the arts and education community. She was also bestowed the Honorary Fellowship of the Israel Museum.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which opened in 1997, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, currently in development. Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the Foundation can be found at

November 21, 2013

Betsy Ennis
Director, Media and Public Relations
Lauren Van Natten
Associate Director, Media and Public Relations
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
212 423 3840

Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation


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