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Arts Management (Credit): About the Instructors

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Lawrence Berglas
Lecturer in Arts Management (part-time), School of the Arts and School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education

Elizabeth Edelson has been a lecturer in arts management at Purchase College since 2007. She holds an MA in arts administration from Columbia University Teachers College, where she wrote her thesis on accounting for museum collections, and a BA in history from Vassar College. Edelson’s career in the arts includes positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Artists Space, one of New York’s oldest alternative spaces. Most recently, she furthered the institutional advancement of Wave Hill, the renowned public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. She has also taught in the arts management program at Marymount Manhattan College.

Linda Solomon, a marketing executive and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience, has taught and lectured in these fields for more than 10 years. She has successfully produced a wide variety of special events ranging from major teachings of the Dalai Lama to a hip-hop fundraising concert starring Def Jam recording artist Karina Paisan. As director and cofounder of Living Ideas for Elders, she spearheaded a writing contest that went viral, resulting in a bestselling book, Legacies (Harper Collins, 1993). She has served as a board member and in various managerial roles for high-profile organizations, including Gilda’s Club (founding member, board of directors), the Leibovitz Foundation (executive director), the Khyentse Foundation (treasurer), Code Pink (coproducer, Iraqi women’s U.S. tour), and Draft Gore for President (regional coordinator).

Robert F. Thompson
Associate Professor of Arts Management

Updated Nov. 1, 2013

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