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New York Academy of Art Names Four New Trustees, Including Brooke Shields and Naomi Watts

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The New York Academy of Art has announced the appointment of four new trustees: Christina DiDonna, Alexander Gilkes, Brooke Shields, and Naomi Watts. These new members will be joining on the board the likes of Eric Fischl, Nicolas Bos, Bob O’Leary, Maureen Chiquet, and chair Eileen Guggenheim.

Gilkes, a cofounder of online auction house Paddle8, has hosted online auctions for the NYAA’s benefit in the past, while Shields chaired the dinner at the 2016 Tribeca Ball and served as Honorary Muse for the academy’s 2014 fall fundraiser. Watts and DiDonna, a partner at DiDonna Gallery in Manhattan and the founder of art advisory firm Floyd Contemporary, frequently attend NYAA events and both have purchased many works by NYAA alumni and students in the past.

UPDATE, 06/06/2016, 4:15 p.m.: A previous version of this post misstated the number of people currently on the NYAA board.

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