Executive Director's Message
I hope you had a lovely holiday season and send best wishes to all for a very Happy and Healthy New Year. This fall season was busy at the Museum (some might say insanely so), with the celebration of three new exhibitions: Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell; Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick, and Folk Art from the Morris Museum of Art. Moreover we offered a host of public programs for adults, families and children, in addition to Museum Art School classes, film studies, dance performances, expansion in the Art for Health's Sake offerings, tours, teacher professional development programs with The Learning Alliance, the Director's Society and Chairman's Club annual dinner, and our family festival - Holidays at the Museum. We have also been planning for a big year ahead.
January 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Museum's opening its doors to the public. Known then as the Center for the Arts, much credit is due to its founders Jean and George Armstrong, Leonor de Gonzalez and a group of Vero Beach residents who first envisioned a center for the appreciation and teaching of the arts and the humanities. With a vision, private philanthropy and community leadership support from people like Dan K. Richardson, Alma Lee Loy, and architect James E. Gibson, among many others, the Center was well grounded. As we look back over the past three decades we can trace the growth of the institution from a local art center to a first class regional Museum. Changing its name in 2002 to the Vero Beach Museum of Art, it has grown from a 20,000 square foot building to 74,000 square feet with a state-of-the-art professional facility with two sculpture parks, and an increase in quality of its varied exhibitions, permanent collection and educational offerings, which are at the heart of the Museum's mission. Celebrated today as the cultural gem of Florida's Treasure Coast, with the support and good work of its current Board of Trustees, members, its professional staff, on-going private philanthropy, and community involvement, the Museum continues to solidify the base on which it was grounded and build upon it for the future benefit of our entire community.
In celebration of this milestone this coming season, on January 30th we will host the 30th Anniversary Great Gatsby Gala; open three stellar winter exhibitions: Nature Illuminated: Landscapes and Still Lifes by Heade and his Contemporaries, Oscar Bluemner: Selections from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection, and John Baeder's American Roadside; present a sold-out International Lecture Series, a sold-out chamber music series in partnership with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, a special dance performance in partnership with Ballet Vero Beach; a much expanded series of seminars, the heralded Art in Bloom Luncheon; and offer specially designed tote bags in the Museum Store, fabricated from banners from past exhibitions and events. We look forward to sharing these offerings, among many others, with you in the months ahead. Thank you for all you do for the Museum to make it the very special place it is.
Lucinda H. Gedeon, Ph.D.