Executive Director's Message
As we wind down the season it is remarkable for me to reflect on the extraordinary activity of hte past few months. The season began with a great "Derby" Gala and moved into the signature programs at the Museum which included the sold out International Lecture Series and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra's 2017 Chamber Music Series. The beautiful Art in Bloom was held during the run of two tremendously successful exhibitions, Deborah Butterfield: Horses and Larry Kagan: Object/Shadow, an exhibition that surprised and delighted our visitors for many months.
Our strong exhibition schedule continues this summer with two great exhibitions. In the Schumann and Titelman Galleries will be Watershed, a powerful exploration of landscape photography from the past forty years. The works range from small to monumental, film and digital in color and black and white. It is a tour de force of landscape lovers, and fans of photography. In the Holmes Gallery will be a major survey of Florida artist Dan Gunderson who collects toys from many different eras. These are composed into mandalas and other powerful designs that form the basis of his color photographs which will delight viewers of all ages.
This summer we are planning for the creation of a new Children's Interactive Zone in the Museum, providing dedicated space for the Museum's rapidly growing youth and family programs. This space is made possible by a generous grant from The Hearst Foundations. The Museum will also continue the important Art for Health's Sake programs, many of which are generously underwritten by our own supporters from The Circle.
Internally, it will be a busy and consequential summer as the Museum begins the important process of strategic planning. We'll hold a number of meetings with community leaders, donors and visitors to the Museum as we begin to map out the future direction of the Vero Beach Museum of Art. The Museum is a vibrant, healthy organization that enjoys the support and participation of a broad range of people in the community. This will be an exciting process of listening, learning and formulating the plans to take the Museum to the next level.
And finally, we are delighted to announce the new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum, Danielle Johnson. She was appointed after a six month national search. Danielle has a Ph.D. in Art History from New York University, and she worked at MoMA in New York for five years, particularly on the major exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. She has also worked for the St. Louis Art Museum, and has been an Adjunct Professor of Art History at New York University. She brings tremendous experience and expertise to this position, which she begins in July.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in our cool Museum over the hot summer months!