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Judith A. Jedlicka

Adjunct Professor of Public Relations

B.A. in English and M.A. in Humanities, Hofstra UniversityA.A.S. Horticulture, State University at Farmingdale

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Judith A. Jedlicka was the managing partner and founder of Solutions for Arts & Culture, a consulting firm serving the arts, not-for-profit organizations and business. For more than 25 years she was the president of the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc., a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller to bring business and the arts together. During her years at BCA, business support to the arts in the United States increased from $385 million to more than $3 billion annually. As an internationally-recognized authority on business-arts alliances, Jedlicka founded the International Network of Business Arts Associations in 1990.  She, along with David Finn, wrote the book The Art of Leadership: Building Business-Arts Alliances (Abbeville Press, 1998). In 2000, she was among the 150 individuals invited to participate in the First Annual White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy. 

Prior to joining BCA, Jedlicka was the president of The National Corporate Fund for Dance, Inc., where she raised more than $3 million for major American dance companies. She was an executive trainee with Ruder Finn Inc.; an account executive with Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborne, now the Omnicom, Group Inc.; director of public relations for American Ballet Theatre and the Harkness Ballet Foundation; and the director of the Arts Administration Institute, Hofstra University, New York.  She has served as a trustee of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York, Planting Fields Foundation in Oyster Bay, New York, and Caumsett Foundation in Huntington, New York.  She also served as the interim executive director of The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York.

She is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, and was one of 40 Americans invited to participate in the 2003 National Endowment for the Arts and Society for the Arts in Healthcare National Symposium held to develop national guidelines for incorporating the arts in healthcare, wellness and palliative care.  Jedlicka has been a consultant to an array of arts organizations including the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the American Association of Museums and The Long Island Museum, and was a member of the Association of Theatrical Managers and Press Agents and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors. While at BCA, she guided a number of companies large and small throughout the United States in the development and use of corporate art collections.

Currently, she is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Hofstra College of Liberal Arts. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor of public relations at Long Island University Post.

For her contributions to the development of the contemporary arts in America, Jedlicka received the Arts Salute Award in 1984.  She is also an expert on American basketry, and was the guest curator for Woven for Work: American Baskets, an exhibition presented in the American Folk Art Museum, New York.

Judi Jedlicka has delivered presentations and lectures throughout the world – Europe, Japan, Australia – about business-arts alliances, has appeared on national radio and television programs, and has contributed to several books.  Her articles about business-arts alliances, the performing arts, American basketry, folk art and horticulture, have appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Horizon, Playbill and Arts & Antiques.  In 2015 she donated her extensive collection of American baskets to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.