Director’s Message


This summer we are pleased to present a spectacular exhibition produced through our first partnership with the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. The exhibit, Astronomy Photographer of the Year, is an extraordinary collection of astronomy-based photography selected from thousands of submissions to an annual competition, which is now in its 9th year. Given our proximity to the Space Coast and the recent renaissance of space exploration, this is a particularly important show for the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Complementing the show’s theme, instructor Xaque Gruber, has organized a thrilling science fiction film series with classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, now in its 50th anniversary year, and more recent blockbusters like Wall-E.

This exhibition is also sure to inspire the many participants in our eight-week summer Art Camp, which will be thematically oriented around the exhibit. Sara Klein, our new Director of Education, is rolling out related programming including a Star Party for families and a presentation by Jon Bell, Planetarium Director at Indian River State College, and a well-known local voice of astronomy. This is all part of a new strategic push to make the Museum more vibrant for the residents of Vero Beach year-round. So as the season winds down, the days grow longer, and the pace of life slows across the Treasure Coast, the Museum will be buzzing with activity and welcoming visitors of all ages.

In early 2019, you’ll see an even more dramatic synchronization of exhibitions and programs. Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement, features 149 exceptional works from the Victorian era, all drawn from a consortium of museums in Birmingham, England. This will be one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever presented by the Museum. In coordination with this show, the International Lecture Series will be themed around the Victorian Period. The all-star lineup is listed in this magazine and discounted tickets are available until July 31, 2018.

A unified Curatorial and Educational program is another cornerstone of our Strategic Plan. A year in the making, our plan was published this spring and is now available online. It is ambitious and succinct, allowing us a clear road map for future activity and growth. My thanks to the many people who participated in creating the plan. We will continue to highlight elements of this document in future issues of the Quarterly.

Director’s Message

Brady Roberts
This summer we are pleased to present a spectacular exhibition produced through our first partnership with the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. The exhibit, Astronomy Photographer of the Year, is an extraordinary collection of astronomy-based photography selected from thousands of submissions to an annual competition, which is now in its 9th year. Given our proximity to the Space Coast and the recent renaissance of space exploration, this is a particularly important show for the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Complementing the show’s theme, instructor Xaque Gruber, has organized a thrilling science fiction film series with classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, now in its 50th anniversary year, and more recent blockbusters like Wall-E.

This exhibition is also sure to inspire the many participants in our eight-week summer Art Camp, which will be thematically oriented around the exhibit. Sara Klein, our new Director of Education, is rolling out related programming including a Star Party for families and a presentation by Jon Bell, Planetarium Director at Indian River State College, and a well-known local voice of astronomy. This is all part of a new strategic push to make the Museum more vibrant for the residents of Vero Beach year-round. So as the season winds down, the days grow longer, and the pace of life slows across the Treasure Coast, the Museum will be buzzing with activity and welcoming visitors of all ages.

In early 2019, you’ll see an even more dramatic synchronization of exhibitions and programs. Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement, features 149 exceptional works from the Victorian era, all drawn from a consortium of museums in Birmingham, England. This will be one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever presented by the Museum. In coordination with this show, the International Lecture Series will be themed around the Victorian Period. The all-star lineup is listed in this magazine and discounted tickets are available until July 31, 2018.

A unified Curatorial and Educational program is another cornerstone of our Strategic Plan. A year in the making, our plan was published this spring and is now available online. It is ambitious and succinct, allowing us a clear road map for future activity and growth. My thanks to the many people who participated in creating the plan. We will continue to highlight elements of this document in future issues of the Quarterly.