Rick Kinsel is the Executive Director of the Vilcek Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to honoring foreign-born artists and scholars. Mr. Kinsel has been working to conceptualize and administer the philanthropic programs of The Vilcek Foundation since 2000. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Kinsel was the Director of Cultural Affairs for Coty Inc. Mr. Kinsel also worked for a decade at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as a specialist in the decorative arts. Mr. Kinsel is a member of the International Association of Professional Art Advisors (IAPAA), a Film Juror at the Hawaii International Film Festival, and has been the recipient of many awards for design including the “Restoration Award” for significant achievement in the preservation of the rich architectural heritage and cultural legacy of New York city’s Upper East Side as well as the “Excellence in Design Award” from the Association Institute for Graphic Arts.
The Vilcek Foundation aims to raise public awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the sciences, arts, and culture in the United States. The Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. The mission of the Foundation was inspired by the couple’s respective careers in biomedical science and art history, as well as their personal experiences and appreciation for the opportunities offered them as newcomers to the United States. The Foundation achieves its mission through hosting immigrant artists and performers at their gallery space in New York City, awarding the annual Vilcek Prizes in the biomedical sciences and the arts and humanities, and sponsoring programs such as the Santa Fe Opera and the Hawaii International Film Festival.