Paula Crown

Board Member

Paula Crown’s portfolio over the last four decades has been defined by direct engagement in the arts and relentless advocacy for initiatives in education, children’s health, clean energy, and environmentally sustainable business practices.

After a successful career in investment banking at Salomon Brothers in New York, she joined family-owned investment firm Henry Crown and Company in Chicago as principal in 1985.  Most recently, Crown revived an early avocation as an artist and graduated in 2012 with a MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She shifted to full-time studio practice and established PAHC/studio in 2013.

Crown is represented by Marlborough Gallery which hosted her first New York solo show, THE SUBLIME AND THE CENTER: DIMENSIONS OF LANDSCAPE, at the mid-town gallery in 2015.  The exhibition featured the artist’s ability to dimensionalize drawings through high-resolution scanning and 3D technological processes.  She works fluidly in materials including bronze, marble and etched glass.

Crown has had solo exhibitions at The Aspen Institute (2013) and Dallas Contemporary (2014); an installation at EXPO CHICAGO (2014 and 2015); and a site specific installation in Miami’s Design District called TRANSPOSITION: Over Many Miles. In the next year, she has shows scheduled in Chicago, London and New York.

In 2009, Crown was appointed to President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She is also a member of the board of trustees of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and heads the Education Committee.  In addition, she serves on the board of Clean Energy Trust, Conservation International, Lurie Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Aspen Institute Committee of the Arts. She is a member of the Nasher Museum Board of Advisors and is an Emeriti Trustee of Duke University.


Crown earned her A.B. degree in management science from Duke University magna cum laude where she played varsity golf.  Crown resides in Chicago and Aspen and enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years and her four children.