New Board Members Appointed

The Wolfsonian is pleased to announce the recent appointment of three new members to its advisory board. The board supports the museum’s mission and growth; advises the director on issues including programs, policies, and planning; and assists in fundraising efforts.

“We are honored to have Steve, David, and Richard join our advisory board. With their diverse professional backgrounds, wide-ranging interests, and incredible accomplishments, they are each a valuable addition and it will be a privilege to work with them,” says Wolfsonian director Cathy Leff.

The new board members are:

Steven Heller is co-chair and co-founder of the MFA Designer As Author and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism and MFA Interaction Design programs at the School of Visual Arts. He was a senior art director at the New York Times for thirty-three years, thirty of them at the New York Times Book Review. He has served as editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design and as a contributing writer for and New York Times T-Style online. Currently, he writes The Daily Heller at and the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review. He is a contributing editor to Print, Eye, and Baseline magazines. As author, co-author, and editor he has produced more than 160 books, most on the history and practice of graphic design, illustration, and satiric art.

Heller has worked with The Wolfsonian on several projects, including as co-curator of the 2008 poster exhibition Thoughts on Democracy, an innovative initiative in which more than sixty renowned contemporary artists and designers presented original works inspired by Normal Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” paintings.

In addition, the 2009 library exhibition Youth in Uniform: Selections from Materials Donated by Steven Heller was drawn from a materials related to twentieth-century totalitarian governments that Heller amassed during research for his 2008 book Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State (Phaidon)—that book, in turn, features several items from The Wolfsonian’s collection.

David Martin is the president, co-founder, and co-owner of Terra Group, an award-winning, Miami-based real estate development firm with more than four million square feet of residential and commercial space under development. Founded in 2001, Terra Group is a leader in the field, known for creating high-end residential, commercial, land, and mixed-use projects in South Florida that make a meaningful contribution to the life of their communities. The company’s holistic approach to regeneration has resulted in contracting with some of the world’s leading architects and designers. Martin oversees international and domestic investment and development projects for Terra Group. He received an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida. Among Terra Group’s well-known projects are Metropolis at Dadeland, Quantum on the Bay, 900 Biscayne Bay, Reserve at Doral, Atlantic 15, Modern Doral, Grove at Grand Bay, and Glass120.

During Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Terra Group and The Wolfsonian co-organized The Architects Dinner, which Martin generously sponsored.

Richard Saul Wurman has written, designed, and published eighty-three books on topics ranging from football to healthcare to city guides. Two of these books are on the works of his mentor, Louis I. Kahn. He is the creator of many conferences including TED, which he chaired from 1984 through 2002. He created and chaired the TEDMED conference from 1995 through 2010 as well as the eg and WWW conferences. Wurman also chaired the IDCA Conference in 1972, the First Federal Design assembly in 1973, and the annual AIA Conference in 1976. His next conference will be the 555 conference, with five experts predicting the next five years, held in five different cities over five weeks.

Wurman received M. Arch. and B. Arch. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded several honorary doctorates, Graham Fellowships, a Guggenheim, and numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt Museum and many other awards, including a Gold Medal from AIGA. He is a Fellow of the AIA and in the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. Wurman lives in Newport, R.I. with his wife, the novelist Gloria Nagy.

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Richard Saul Wurman
Photo by Melissa Mahoney


Steven Heller
Photo by Nir Arieli

David Martin



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New Board Members Appointed
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