Brief Bio – September 2009:
Kenneth Finkel is in Temple University’s American Studies Program. He received a Masters Degree in the History of Art at Temple.
Before joining Temple as a Distinguished Lecturer in the Spring of 2008, Finkel held various positions in Philadelphia’s cultural community: Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Program Officer at the William Penn Foundation, and most recently, Executive Director of Arts & Culture Service at WHYY. Publications include seven books and catalogues on 19th-century photography, graphics, and architecture with a focus on Philadelphia as a center of creativity. Finkel's first book: Nineteenth-Century Photography in Philadelphia was published in 1980. Other published worked include the early 19th-century sketchbooks of Joshua Rowley Watson and the Pennsylvania Railroad photographs of William H. Rau. Finkel revived the almanac format with the publication of The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens’ Manual for 1994 and 1995.
Finkel has served on various boards and committees, including the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Mount Airy USA (CDC), the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts and the Conflict Interest Standing Committee at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently on the advisory council at the Wagner Free Institute of Science.
At WHYY, Finkel executive produced seven national television productions; including several regional Emmy award winners. Productions include the opening the Philadelphia's Kimmel Center For the Performing Arts, a documentary for the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, the ongoing Showcase on 91FM (a weekly two-hour classical music program) and Experience on TV and the web (26 videos each year featuring cultural destinations), and On Canvas (a weekly performing arts television program).
An occasional cultural commentator on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s op-ed page, Finkel also launched WHYY’s Arts & Culture blog, The Sixth Square, first with an information campaign about Thomas Eakins’ Gross Clinic, at the time of its pending sale, and subsequently on several issues of cultural interesting, including the Underground Railroad episode of Jane Johnson’s escape at Penn’s Landing. Ken Finkel Tweets at http://twitter.com/kenfinkel
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