CMOG president to advise Government on cultural heritage

  Art & culture

Dr. Karol Wight, president and executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass, has been appointed to a U.S. State Department advisory post on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Former President Obama confirmed the appointment on January 11.

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CMOG president to advise Government on cultural heritage
he Committee advises the president and other government officials on the establishment or renewal of memoranda of understanding designed to protect the cultural heritage of foreign countries; one goal of these measures is to ensure antiquities abroad are not illegally excavated and removed from their country of origin illicitly. The 11-person committee is made up of experts appointed by the president for three-year terms. Two members represent the interests of museums, of which Wight will be one; other members are experts in archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, or a related field, in the international sale of cultural property; and members representing the interests of the general public.
In a White House press release announcing the appointment, as well as other presidential appointments, the former President said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I know they will serve the American people well.”
Wight will continue in her current role at The Corning Museum of Glass, and will spend time each year in Washington, D.C. to fulfill her commitment.
“I am deeply honored to have been appointed by President Obama to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee and look forward to representing the American museum community in future discussions concerning the protection of cultural patrimony of other nations.” said Wight. “I feel very privileged to serve my country in this way.”
Wight was also recently awa...
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