Ryan Seacrest Is Now a LACMA Trustee

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) added Ryan Seacrest and Nicole Avant, former ambassador of the United States to the Bahamas and wife of Netflix COO Ted Sarandos, to the Board of Trustees on Monday.

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Seacrest was seen this January at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) gala, where he told The New York Times, “I would like to become an art collector,” and mused on the “diverse” quality of the late artist Mike Kelley’s works. A press release being passed around states, “Mr. Seacrest collects postwar and contemporary art.”

Avant and Sarandos were spotted at the same MOCA Gala. However, Avant’s involvement in the arts began earlier than Seacrest’s. In 2011, while serving as U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas, Avant organized “Master Artists of the Bahamas,” a group exhibition of Bahamian artists, at the Waterloo Centre for the Arts in Waterloo, Iowa.

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In addition to Seacrest and Avant, LACMA also appointed Anne Emerich Palmer and philanthropist Ann Ziff to the board, whose trustees include industry heavyweights Barbra Streisand, Terry Semel (former CEO of Yahoo! and Warner Brothers), television presenter Willow Bay, producer Brian Grazer, CAA partner Bryan Lourd, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, and Steve Tisch.

Visitors to the museum currently can see a large-scale mural of Venice by the late painter Edward Biberman, which was loaned to the museum by producer Joel Silver.

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