Executive Director's Message
Now as we’re well into our new season, it’s truly impressive for me to witness the amazing array of exhibitions and programs offered at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. My heartfelt thanks go to our great staff and Museum supporters who make this all possible. Many of us came together at the end of January for the Triple Crown Gala, a brilliant and fun evening that was a huge success. Congratulations to our co-chairs Madeline Long, Pinky Regan, and Beth Werwaiss for their tremendous effort.
The success of our programs has also been evident in the number of sold-out events at the Museum, including the International Lecture Series, the ACO Chamber Music Series, and Film Studies. All of these programs had wait lists. Complementing them were a series of three great monographic exhibitions featuring the work of Deborah Butterfield, Larry Kagan, and Jeffery Becton. On deck for this summer is a surprising and delightful exhibition by Florida artist Dan Gunderson, and a powerful and beautiful show, Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography organized by the Telfair Museum of Art. This will be a revelation on the vast range of expression seen in nature through the constantly evolving field of photography which has become so important in the 21st century. Following this exhibition will be a show of 20th century Masters of American Photography, and a new exhibition of Paul Outerbridge, one of the most important photographers of the mid-20th century. This series of shows will provide an excellent overview of great modern photography up to the most recent developments.
Be sure to look out for the dates for our Summer Art Camp registration; the return of Summer Film Studies; and remember to join us for the Children’s Art Festival Saturday, April 29, which I look forward to seeing for the first time. It’s a very exciting time to be involved with the Museum, and also a moment where we celebrate a significant achievement: the Museum has just completed a successful $10 Million endowment campaign that brings the Museum's endowment to $26 million. Endowment growth is one of the most important things we can do to ensure that the Museum remains a vital resource in the years to come. Congratulations to Doug and Dhuanne Tansill and their campaign committee, and all the generous supporters who helped us reach this critical goal.