Director’s Message

We have enjoyed a dynamic summer at the VBMA with the return of Summer Art Camp, with nearly 600 students from ages five to 16 attending the eight-week program, which was filled to capacity. Additionally, 46 scholarships were awarded, and we were pleased to offer these to families in need of this support. It was a pleasure to see campers’ artworks installed weekly on the walls in the art school and to open the doors each day to their lively energy and enthusiasm. We also hosted the 100th Anniversary Gala for the Indian River Chamber of Commerce and welcomed 200 of their guests to stroll the galleries and enjoy the last few days of Vero Collects. 

Over the summer, visitors enjoyed the exhibition The Art of Doris Lee: Simple Pleasures, along with the breathtaking selection of black and white photographs from the Elizabeth Stewart Collection, as well as highlights from the Museum’s collection, including several recent Athena Society acquisitions.

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The season ahead promises to be even more dynamic, with a robust line-up of exhibitions and programs.
First, Changing Nature: A New Vision, Photographs by the internationally known environmental photographer James Balog. Thanks to a generous grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, we will be offering a slate of related immersive programs and are pleased to be partnering with the Indian River Land Trust for many of them. Also, in the Fall, we will present a selection of works by Picasso, Matisse, and Friends: Drawings from a Private Collection and the popular Art After Dark outdoor video exhibition will return after its debut last December. All of this is in advance of Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, which opens on January 30. This will be a unique, world-class exhibition of the finest Art Deco vehicles from across the country. Organized by leading authority Ken Gross, the exhibition will only be presented at VBMA. Our International Lecture Series and related programs will explore the rich history of the Art Deco design movement, born in Paris in the 1920s. Patrons will get a special preview at the 2023 GALA: Art In Motion, chaired by our good friends,
Ron and Nancy Rosner.

After the success of last year’s community-generated exhibition, Vero Collects, our talented Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg is at work on the next community-based show, Treasure Coast Creates, an exhibition of 100 works by artists in a three-county area that will open early next summer. We have an exceptional lineup of exhibitions, programs and events ahead, and we can’t wait to see you back at the Museum!

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO

Director’s Message

Brady Roberts

We have enjoyed a dynamic summer at the VBMA with the return of Summer Art Camp, with nearly 600 students from ages five to 16 attending the eight-week program, which was filled to capacity. Additionally, 46 scholarships were awarded, and we were pleased to offer these to families in need of this support. It was a pleasure to see campers’ artworks installed weekly on the walls in the art school and to open the doors each day to their lively energy and enthusiasm. We also hosted the 100th Anniversary Gala for the Indian River Chamber of Commerce and welcomed 200 of their guests to stroll the galleries and enjoy the last few days of Vero Collects.

Over the summer, visitors enjoyed the exhibition The Art of Doris Lee: Simple Pleasures, along with the breathtaking selection of black and white photographs from the Elizabeth Stewart Collection, as well as highlights from the Museum’s collection, including several recent Athena Society acquisitions.

The season ahead promises to be even more dynamic, with a robust line-up of exhibitions and programs.
First, Changing Nature: A New Vision, Photographs by the internationally known environmental photographer James Balog. Thanks to a generous grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, we will be offering a slate of related immersive programs and are pleased to be partnering with the Indian River Land Trust for many of them. Also, in the Fall, we will present a selection of works by Picasso, Matisse, and Friends: Drawings from a Private Collection, and the popular Art After Dark outdoor video exhibition will return after its debut last December. All of this is in advance of Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, which opens on January 30. This will be a unique, world-class exhibition of the finest Art Deco vehicles from across the country. Organized by leading authority Ken Gross, the exhibition will only be presented at VBMA. Our International Lecture Series and related programs will explore the rich history of the Art Deco design movement, born in Paris in the 1920s. Patrons will get a special preview at the 2023 GALA: Art In Motion, chaired by our good friends,
Ron and Nancy Rosner.

After the success of last year’s community-generated exhibition, Vero Collects, our talented Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg is at work on the next community-based show, Treasure Coast Creates, an exhibition of 100 works by artists in a three-county area that will open early next summer. We have an exceptional lineup of exhibitions, programs and events ahead, and we can’t wait to see you back at the Museum!

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO