Tom Finkelpearl Appointed New York City’s Cultural Affairs Commissioner

Tom Finkelpearl, the president and executive director of the Queens Museum, New York, has been named the cultural affairs commissioner by mayor Bill de Blasio, reports Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times. Finkelpearl became director of the Queens Museum in 2002, overseeing its expansion that was completed last fall. He has previously served as the executive director of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, from 1996 to 1999, and as deputy director of MoMA PS1, New York. He graduated from Princeton University and received his MFA in sculpture from Hunter College, New York. As commissioner, Finkelpearl will be in charge of a $156 million dollar budget for the city’s art programming.