B O A R D .O F . D I R E C T O R S

Elizabeth C. Baker was editor of Art in America from 1974 to 2008. She remains associated with the magazine as editor-at-large for special projects. Ms. Baker studied art history at Bryn Mawr (B.A.) and Harvard (M.A., and completed course work for Ph.D.), and was a Fulbright scholar in Paris. Before joining Art in America, she was associate editor and then managing editor of Art News. She has taught history of art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and Boston University, and became friends with Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein in the mid-1960s. Ms. Baker is currently on the Museum of Modern Art Library Advisory Committee. In recent years she has been the recipient of awards for service to the arts given by ArtTable Independent Curators Inc., and A.R.T. (Art Resources Transfer). She is currently working as a freelance writer and editor.

Jack Cowart, founding Executive Director of the Foundation, was previously Deputy Director/Chief Curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1992-1999); Head of Department of 20th Century Art at the National Gallery of Art (1983-1992); and held prior museum curatorial posts in St. Louis and Hartford. Awarded a Ph.D. in the history of art from The Johns Hopkins University (1972), Dr. Cowart is a widely published and recognized authority on Roy Lichtenstein and Henri Matisse as well as on other American and European 20th-century modern and contemporary art and artists. He was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2001.

Ruth Fine is the Chair of the Foundation, elected January 2013. She recently retired from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., where she held several posts over four decades, the last as Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art. 

During her distinguished career Ms. Fine organized numerous exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first century American art, from John Marin and Georgia O'Keeffe to Jasper Johns and Romare Bearden. Ms. Fine was curator of the 1994 exhibition The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein and coordinated the definitive Lichtenstein print catalogue raisonné which accompanied that exhibition.

Ms. Fine continues to publish widely and work independently on exhibitions and to serve on the boards of several art foundations. Trained at the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts, Philadelphia), the University of Pennsylvania, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she taught studio art before starting her curatorial career.

Maria Morris Hambourg, a highly regarded art historian and curator, brings the Foundation extensive expertise in photography and modern art. After working for many years in the photography department of the Museum of Modern Art, she became the founding curator of the Department of Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With numerous publications accompanying major historic and contemporary photography exhibitions, Dr. Hambourg has also dealt closely with photographic archives. She graduated from Wellesley College and received a Masters and a Doctorate in art history from Columbia University. Her dissertation, based on archival research of the photographs of Eugene Atget, was the basis for The Works of Atget in 4 volumes (MoMA, 1981-85).

David Hoyt Lichtenstein is the elder son of Roy Lichtenstein. A graduate of Columbia University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, he is a recording engineer and a former rock musician. He plays the drums and composes electronic music.

Dorothy Lichtenstein, President of the Foundation, has remained active in the New York contemporary art scene since the early 1960s. After attending Beaver College, she worked at the Paul Bianchini Gallery, organizing exhibitions and projects dealing with emerging Pop art, and with William Coply, editing and publishing portfolios of artists' works for The Letter Edged in Black Press. She married Roy Lichtenstein in 1968. Mrs. Lichtenstein was awarded an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2001.

Mitchell Wilson Lichtenstein is the younger son of Roy Lichtenstein. A graduate of Bennington College and the Yale School of Drama, he has acted in film, television, and theater. He writes screenplays and directs films.

Michael Lobel, is an Associate Professor of Art History and the Director of the M.A. Program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory at Purchase College, State University of New York. The recipient of a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, he has taught and lectured at Yale, Bard College, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Dr. Lobel is the author of Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art (Yale University Press, 2002) and James Rosenquist: Pop Art, Politics and History in the 1960s (University of California Press, 2009). His writings have appeared in such publications as Art Journal, Artforum, Modern Painters, and Oxford Art Journal. His curatorial work includes a 2007 exhibition for the Neuberger Museum of Art, “Fugitive Artist: The Early Work of Richard Prince, 1974-77.”

Leslie B. Samuels is a senior partner in the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Samuels was Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy of the U.S. Treasury Department and a member of the President's Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Mr. Samuels has also served on the Board of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

John W. Smith joined Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design in September 2011 where he has devoted his attention to strengthening the Museum/College relationship, expanding access through increased free admission policies, overseeing the design and development of new publishing and online initiatives, and expanding the Museum’s curatorial expertise. Previously, he served as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, the world’s leading research center devoted to the study of the visual arts of America, from 2006-2011. During his tenure, the Archives undertook a major initiative to increase online access to the collection. Smith also established the Archives first programs for publications and traveling exhibitions.
Prior to the Archives of American Art, Smith served for 11 years at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa. as assistant director for collections, exhibitions, and research. He also served as Interim director of the museum from 1995 to 1996. While at the Warhol Museum, Smith organized numerous exhibitions and published extensively on Warhol and his circle.
In addition, Smith served as chief archivist at the Art Institute of Chicago (1990 to 1994), visiting archivist at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London (1991), and as founding curator of special collections and archives at the Chicago Park District (1988 to 1990). Smith received his B.A. in English at Southern Illinois University, as well as graduate work at the University of Illinois.


Of Counsel: Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York.

Founding Board Member Emeritus: Kenneth L. Goldglit (deceased)

Founding Board Member Emerita: Renee Lichtenstein Tolcott (deceased)