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September 22, 2005

CCNY, NATIONAL ARTS CLUB PRESENT FIRST GEORGE B. POST AWARD TO ARCHITECT JAMES STEWART POLSHEK

CCNY Architecture Student to Receive Scholarship in Polshek’s Honor

NEW YORK, September 22, 2005 – James Stewart Polshek of New York, who designed the Clinton Presidential Center as well as expansions and renovations of several notable public buildings, will receive the first George B. Post Award for Excellence in Architecture, given by The City College of New York (CCNY) and the National Arts Club.  The award will be presented at a reception and dinner in Mr. Polshek’s honor Monday, September 26, at the Club’s headquarters on Gramercy Park.

“In selecting Mr. Polshek for this honor, the Award Committee has chosen someone whose work truly embodies the public spirit of George Post’s career,” said Lois Cronholm, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The City College.

“James Polshek’s work has added immeasurably to the quality of the public landscape in New York City and elsewhere,” added Aldon James, President of the National Arts Club.

As an additional honor to Mr. Polshek, a full scholarship will be given in his name to a CCNY architecture student covering tuition from freshman year through completion of the Master’s degree.  Builder and real estate developer Frank Sciame, a CCNY architecture graduate and a member of the Award Committee, established the scholarship.  In addition, the student, who has not yet been selected, will receive housing in the National Arts Club facility at no cost while attending CCNY.

“For me, it is an honor and privilege to provide for this scholarship,” said Mr. Sciame.  “It will support an outstanding student who aspires to the levels of excellence reflected in the work of James Polshek and in the values of The City College School of Architecture and the National Arts Club.”

Since founding his firm, Polshek Partnership Architects, in 1963, Mr. Polshek has been the principal designer on many of the projects for cultural institutions that have been the hallmark of its work.  Besides the Clinton Center in Little Rock, Ark., these include the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History in New York, the renovation and expansion of Carnegie Hall in New York and the master plan, renovation and expansion of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

In addition to building a prominent firm known for its long-standing commitment to cultural, education, government and scientific institutions, Mr. Polshek has been an academic leader for over 30 years.  He served 15 years as dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

The George B. Post Award in Architecture honors the accomplishments of the famed architect and the social and cultural contributions of The City College of New York and the National Arts Club.  It also memorializes the link between the two institutions 100 years ago that Mr. Post represents.

In 1905, Mr. Post completed his plans for the uptown campus of The City College.  With five neo-Gothic buildings arranged around a quad, 100 years later it still ranks among the most beautiful and functional U.S. colleges and universities.  The same year, Mr. Post completed his tenure as President of the National Arts Club. 

About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

About the National Arts Club          

Founded in 1898 by Charles de Kay, a literary and art critic for The New York Times, the National Arts Club’s mission is to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts.  It supports young artists, writers and singers through scholarships and other awards.  The Tilden Mansion, located on New York’s Gramercy Park, is both a designated New York Landmark and National Historic Landmark.

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