2022 is off to a great start with Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed! VBMA Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg borrowed 130 works from fifty local collectors to amass a great exhibition of rarely seen art from the homes of private collectors in our community. Monet, Picasso, Matisse, Cassatt, and Warhol are among the many well-known names in this stunning exhibition spanning nearly all of our gallery spaces.
It’s great to see the Museum return to vitality with the New Year! Attendees to our January annual Gala 2022: Masterworks in Art and Music received a special early preview of the exhibition. Chair Janet Tribus and Co-Chair Xaque Gruber orchestrated a fantastic evening with jazz performances and exceptional dining enjoyed by 360 of our patrons. Additionally, the Museum Art School has a full slate of in-person classes, and the International Lecture Series is underway, exploring the theme of collecting. In late February, we had the pleasure of welcoming Karole Vail, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, who joined us to discuss the art collecting of her grandmother, Peggy Guggenheim. This lecture will be followed by artist Fred Wilson, who has a significant work in the VBMA’s permanent collection the Chandelier The Way the Moon’s in Love with the Dark, which illuminates the front Rotunda, and filmmaker Joe Medeiros who addresses The Unthinkable Theft of the Mona Lisa. And on February 23, the 5th annual Fashion Meets Art will feature international fashion designer Christian Siriano.
Later this season, we will have a special commemoration for Sunglitter, a favorite work of our visitors, now installed in the South Beckwith Sculpture Parks. This work was donated by Eleanora McCabe, the visionary philanthropist and founder of our Chairman’s Club, who passed away in December. Ellie was chair of the Board of Trustees from 1986 – 1987, when the Museum first opened to the public. She not only founded Chairman’s Club, but also the Chairman’s Club Dinner which she generously supported for many years. She will be greatly missed.
We look forward to the season ahead and seeing you all back at the Museum.
Executive Director/ CEO
The Museum is bursting with great art! It has been a pleasure to welcome visitors back to the Museum as they view American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection, which has received wonderful accolades. We are thrilled, to present concurrently a special exhibition of local folk art in the Patten Community Gallery organized by the Cultural Council of Indian River County and our Education team. Along with the Hanneke Beaumont drawing show in the Holmén Hallway and the Martin Puryear exhibition in the Stark Gallery, we have continued to utilize all our galleries to offer our community an exceptional art experience.
Our relationship with the School District of Indian River County remains quite strong as the Museum hosted the inaugural Superintendent’s Exhibition and award ceremony in early November. It was a delight to see so many families turn out to attend and take advantage of access to the Museum galleries afterwards.
It was with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of our visionary founder Jean Armstrong. She was incredibly passionate about the Museum and as we mourn her recent passing, we will forever remember her love for the arts and desire to provide a source of cultural light for the community.
This December, the Museum will present for the first time a spectacular outdoor video art exhibition Art After Dark over the weekend of December 17-18. The show will feature more than eight international artists and will light up the Museum in an exciting new way. Many thanks to the Museum team for delivering these great exhibitions and events. We are also thrilled to be on the cusp of opening Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed. Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg has secured over 100 loans for this stunning exhibition which promises to be a revelation. We are grateful to the many collectors in our community for their generous loans and encourage you to take the time to visit the show now that we will return to normal open hours, seven days a week in late January. As you will read in this issue, many of our humanities programs, including the 2022 International Lecture Series, will explore the theme of collecting, and we look forward to your continued participation and a great season ahead.
We also look forward to seeing many of you back, in person, for our annual Gala 2022: Masterworks in Art and Music. Many thanks to our talented co-chairs Janet Tribus and Xaque Gruber for their excellent work on this signature event.
From everyone at the Museum, we wish you a happy and healthy 2022!
Executive Director/ CEO