President Obama has appointed architect Phil Freelon, an NC State alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees, to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.
Freelon’s appointment was one of a series of presidential appointments announced by the White House on Dec. 1. Obama said, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chose to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
The commission, established in 1910, is charged with giving expert advice to the president, Congress and federal agencies on matters of design and aesthetics as they affect the federal interests and preserve the dignity of the nation’s capital. The commission provides advice to the U.S. Mint on the design of coins and medals, and approves the site and design of national memorials, both in the United States and on foreign soil. Within the District of Columbia community, the commission advises on design matters affecting the Historic District of Georgetown and adjacent areas.
The commission also administers the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program, which was created by Congress to benefit nonprofit cultural entities whose primary purpose is to provide Washington with exhibitions or performing arts.
Commission members serve four years without compensation and may be reappointed.