Executive Director's Message
Our current exhibitions, Dale Kennington: Mythologies; Stephen Lawson: Images of Time; and Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania have been wonderfully received and will continue into May. Our summer exhibition, celebrating the work of children's book illustrator Walter Wick, titled Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic opens June14, and we're confident it will delight the young and the "young at heart" alike!
Within the past month, we completed the cycle of the International Lecture Series, the Distinguished Professor Series, the ACO Chamber Music Series, Opera Studies, and our expanded Seminar offerings. Film Studies continues into April, and this year we have added a musical event in partnership with the Indian River Symphonic Association with a special concert on April 23.
I hope many of our family members have taken advantage of the increased number of family-oriented programs now being offered, including: Treasure hunts in the various galleries as well as drawing kits that can be picked up at the front desk. In addition, KidZ ArtShops have multiplied in number, along with Stroller Tours for moms with kids in strollers, and Turtle Tours and Artful Storytime for 3-6 years olds. For older children (and we have found for many adults), we introduced smART zone, a designated area to work with iPads on various applications connected to learning about art and actual art making, which have been a great hit, thanks to a grant from Quail Valley Charities.
This year's February gala, Havana Nights, was very successful on every front thanks to our remarkable chairs Connie McGlynn and Edie Dubord, their wonderful committee and all who supported the event. Art in Bloom once again wowed visitors with magnificent and vibrant displays of floral arrangements by exceptional designers inspired by selected works from the permanent collection, as well as the Picturing America exhibition. Concerts in the Park continue into April. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Museum's Annual Meeting which will be held on April 10. This date is much earlier than usual due to Easter falling so late in April.
The 33rd annual Children's Art Festival on April 26, along with the Indian River County Juried Student Exhibition are just around the corner as is registration for the 2014 Summer Art Camp for children and the summer term for adult classes.
On staff we welcomed our new Registrar Dana Twersky, who immediately settled in and jumped into arrangements for the changeover of exhibitions in late May. Dana comes to us with more than ten years of registrarial experience in the Washington, DC area, as well as a number of years working with the Accreditation Deparment of the American Alliance of Museums. We are fortunate to have her join our team.
The Museum continues to be a hub of cultural activity in the community, contributing significantly to the quality of life for our residents and visitors. As we endeavor to build upon our strengths, we thank you for your continued support.
Lucinda H. Gedeon, Ph.D.