Wendy Fisher is President of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Wendy, a trained clinical psychologist, noted philanthropist and artist, is engaged with cultural institutions around the world and a life-long supporter of the arts. She divides her time between New York, London, and South Africa where she was born. Fisher was a facilitator and a resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and President of the Kirsh Charitable Foundation. She also founded A4 Arts Foundation, a project space in Cape Town dedicated to widening access to the arts in Southern Africa. Fisher is also the founder of Lockdown University, an online education platform bringing world class experts focused on Jewish history, arts, culture, and current affairs to a community of over 5000 members around the globe. Fisher’s board roles include Performa, Public Art Fund, Jewish Museum of NY, Israel Museum, Tate International Council, MOMA PS1, Jewish Funders Network (JFN) and JPPI.
She has received numerous recognitions: She represented the UK in 1993 in an exhibition celebrating the Maastricht Treaty; obtained the Freedom of the City of London award in recognition of her contribution to the arts; her sculpture was featured in the London Olympic Village; Performa named Fisher one of their Renaissance Women of 2014.
In April 2019, Wendy created Lockdown University, a program of the Kirsh Foundation, which began as an outlet to create engaging online talks her family and friends during the lockdown in their homes in various parts of the world. Currently the program has grown to over 10,000 participants, with 1,500 devices and around 4000 people worldwide for each session. The participants are fellow philanthropists, friends, academics, and civil society figures. Previous guests have included George Osborne, Rt Hon. Tony Blair, Sir Ronnie Cohen, the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Thomas Heatherwick, Ambassador Ron Prosor, David Harris, Siya Kolisi, Hannah Rothschild, David Miliband, Chemi Peres, and Lord Grade, Ambassador Avi Gil and Ambassador Dan Shapiro with a growing roster with many more distinguished guest speakers scheduled throughout 2021.