Board appoints Noel Nellis, president, and Jane Metcalfe, vice president, and elects new members Professor George Breslauer, Janet Broughton, Jon Burgstone, Dr. Robert Shimshak, and Paul Wattis III.
Berkeley, CA, October 24, 2006 - The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is pleased to announce the election of Noel Nellis as president of its Board of Trustees and Jane Metcalfe as vice president. Nellis, who has been active on the BAM/PFA Board since 1991, follows Jane Green, who retired from the position of president at the end of June. Nellis's three-year term as president began on July 1, 2006.
Also joining the BAM/PFA Board are new members George Breslauer, Janet Broughton, Jon Burgstone, Dr. Robert Harshorn Shimshak, and Paul Wattis III.
Noel Nellis previously served as president of BAM/PFA's Board of Trustees from 1991 – 1997. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation, and the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. Nellis is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other community organizations. He is a partner in the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and is responsible for the firm's Global Real Estate Group. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Jane Metcalfe is former president and co-founder of Wired Ventures Inc., which founded Wired magazine. She is currently a partner in Força da Imaginaçao, an independent investment concern with interests in technology, media, and real estate. Metcalfe is also a board member of One Economy Corporation, a non-profit startup whose mission is to use technology to help low income people participate in the new economy. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in international relations.
Professor George Breslauer is executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Michigan, and joined the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley in 1971 as a specialist on Soviet politics and foreign relations. Breslauer has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Council for Soviet and East European Research (1985 – 1991; vice chairman, 1988 – 1991), and on committees for the National Research Council (1986 – 1992). Professor Breslauer is a member of the American Political Science Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Council on Foreign Relations (New York).
Janet Broughton was appointed dean of arts and humanities at UC Berkeley's College of Letters & Sciences in July 2006. She is an authority on 17th- and 18th-century philosophy, and earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Broughton has served as a distinguished member of many committees and boards at the University of California and other academic institutions. Her honors and awards include invited papers for Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Yale University, and other prestigious institutions.
Jon Burgstone is faculty chair and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. Earlier in his career he was co-founder and CEO of SupplierMarket, a leading Internet supply chain software provider, before serving as vice president and co-head of corporate development for Ariba. He has also worked as a high-tech strategy consultant (semiconductor, telecom, online financial services) and in a variety of general management positions for Ford Motor Company. He currently serves on boards for the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and he contributes as an advisor and director for several companies.
Dr. Robert Harshorn Shimshak is a diagnostic radiologist and a specialist in nuclear medicine. He is chief of nuclear medicine at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley and co-director of the department of radiology at Sutter Solano Medical in Vallejo. He has served as chief of the medical staff at Sutter Solano Hospital (1996 – 1999), and since 1995, he has been a member of the hospital's Board of Directors. Shimshak is also a collector of contemporary art and 19th and 20th century photography, and he has served on several art boards, including the San Francisco Art Institute (1989 – 1993), New Langton Arts (1999-2004), and previously at BAM/PFA (1993 – 1999).
Paul Wattis III is president of Wattis & Company, a general contracting firm based in San Francisco. In 2003 he was named a director of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. Among his other non-profit services, he is on the boards of the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, San Francisco Ballet, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and the Katherine Delmar Burke School. Paul is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, majoring in history, and served in the U.S. Armed Forces for four years. He currently resides in San Francisco with his wife, Anne Maria, and their four children.
BAM/PFA is the visual arts center at the nation's leading public university, the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest university art museums in the United States in both size and attendance, BAM/PFA engages audiences on campus, in the Bay Area community, and beyond, presenting consistently innovative and challenging perspectives on art and film from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
BAM/PFA is recognized internationally as a center for excellence in the presentation of visual art. Innovative and intellectually rigorous, the museum exhibition program presents new perspectives on historical and contemporary art and artists from around the world, as well as important emerging artists, often in their first U.S. exhibitions. The museum's collection of more than 15,000 objects includes exceptional examples of mid-20th-century painting, including important works by Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. Other significant strengths include historical and contemporary Asian art; early American painting; Conceptual and contemporary international art; and California and Bay Area art.
The Pacific Film Archive became a curatorial department of the museum in 1970, and has since become one of the nation's most respected and comprehensive film exhibition, collection, and study centers. Internationally recognized for its commitment to increasing the understanding and appreciation of the art of cinema, PFA's exhibition program surveys films in critical, cultural, and historical contexts, frequently including in-person conversations with filmmakers, authors, and scholars. The PFA film and video collection now includes the largest group of Japanese films outside of Japan, as well as impressive holdings of Soviet silents, West Coast avant-garde cinema, seminal video art, rare animation, Central Asian productions, Eastern European cinema, and international classics. PFA is actively engaged in film preservation, with a focus on endangered works of experimental film and video.