Artists & Galleries

New Trustees Welcomed to the Parrish Art Museum Board

The Parrish Art Museum Board has appointed four new trustees.

Elected last spring, philanthropist Veronica Atkins, former arts executive and Hamptons real estate agent Cee Scott Brown, financial services consultant James L. Freeman and former filmmaker Sandy Perlbinder will now occupy their new positions on the museum board.

A recent managing director of The Metropolitan Opera, Atkins, is also the chair of the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Foundation, which is devoted to the prevention of disease through nutrition and lifestyle. Atkins serves as the international chair of the International Society of Palm Beach which sends grants to charities that support the arts, education, and medicine. Born in Russia, she was trained as an opera singer. Since Atkins was a young girl she has performed professionally in Europe. She has lived in seven countries and, subsequently, is fluent in seven languages.

Brown is a Sag Harbor resident who began a 20-year career in 1977 as an arts executive in New York at The Museum of Modern Art Projects Program which has been renamed The Elaine Dannheisser Project Series. Brown was chosen as director of the Holly Solomon Gallery. He was also made director of Creative Time which is an innovative organization that started to present art in public venues. In 1996, Brown moved to the East End and joined the real estate industry and in 2003 he was selected to the Sag Harbor Historical Preservation and Architectural Review Board and later served as the chairman.

The founder and chairman of the board of Freeman & Co., Freeman previously held a career at CS First Boston. Here he led several groups including Global Equities, Global Asset Management, Global Equity and Fixed Income Research and Global Sales. Freedman is a collector of American decorative arts and late Nineteenth Century American paintings, many of which he has partially or fully gifted or loaned to museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art and George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia.

Perlbinder has board experience with Planned Parenthood of Suffolk County. Renamed PPHP, Perlbinder had co-chaired a $3.5 million capital campaign, offered her assistance in starting the art committee’s “Art for Choice” auctions. Currently a trustee of the Learning Spring School in New York, Perlbinder joined the board in 2001. She also acts as the vice chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of Stony Brook University and works on the advisory board of the Pollock-Krasner House in Springs. Perlbinder began her career as an actress before beginning her own production company. Perlbinder is a collector of contemporary art with an interest in architecture, art and classical music.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome these new Trustees,” said Parrish Art Museum Board of Trustees Chairman Frederic M. Seegal. He continued, “Each has unique expertise that will contribute immensely to the success of the museum.”

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