G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Individual Leadership Award 2017 Winners Keith L. + Kathy Sachs
Keith is the retired chief executive officer of Saxco International, a supplier of packaging products to the alcoholic beverage industry. He is the past president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, from which he received an honorary doctorate.
He is on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and chairs its Architecture and Facilities Committee as well as its Contemporary Art Committee. Kathy has been associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art in various capacities since 1970. From 1991 to 2009, she worked in the Department of European Painting first as a research coordinator for Cezanne, Delacroix: the Late Work and Van Gogh: Face to Face, for which she wrote the chronology for the catalogue. In 2008 she became an Adjunct Curator and co-curated Cezanne and Beyond with Joseph Rishel, the Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator. The exhibition was accompanied by an award winning catalogue for which she wrote the essays on Ellsworth Kelly and Brice Marden. Kathy is now an Honorary Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Kathy and her husband Keith are deeply involved in the arts and are passionate collectors of contemporary art.
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, they have endowed the Contemporary Curator, named the gallery dedicated to the work of Jasper Johns and promised a large part of their collection to the Museum for which the modern and contemporary galleries were named for them.
Keith and Kathy have also been very committed to the University of Pennsylvania, where they met over fifty years ago. Keith served for six years as the Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the School of Design. Kathy was Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Institute of Contemporary Art for more than ten years and currently serves as an Emeritus Trustee of the University.
At the University of Pennsylvania, they have endowed the Sachs Professor in Contemporary Art in the School of Arts and Sciences, the Fine Arts Program Fund and a Visiting Professorship in Fine Arts in the School of Design, and the Sachs Guest Curator Program at the ICA. In 2016 they established the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, the largest gift ever towards the Arts at Penn.
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Keith L. + Kathy Sachs
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