Director’s Message


The VBMA wrapped up the high season with a spectacular April. The annual Athena Society Dinner led to spirited conversations and voting with Charles Sheeler’s Hydro-Electric Power, Hoover Dam (1950) declared the winner from the three selections presented. This iconic work that has now entered our collection depicts a great scene of Americana, the creation of the Hoover Dam. The epic scale of the natural and built environment in the painting contrasts with the lone worker, precariously walking a beam. The work is rendered in the photographic style that made Sheeler one of the principal painters of the Precisionist movement. This rare Sheeler painting is a significant addition to the VBMA’s growing collection of 20th Century American Art and is now on view in the Schumann Gallery.

We were pleased to hold this year’s Athena Society Dinner in the newly remodeled Laura and Bill Buck Atrium. Our thanks to Laura and Bill Buck, Gary Brost, Chair of the Museum’s Facilities Committee, and the VBMA Board of Trustees who wholeheartedly supported this important project. Over the summer, we will add acoustic modifications and a state-of-the-art sound system to complete the renovation of this beloved event space. Also, look for Sun Glitter, the iconic fountain sculpture formerly in the atrium, to appear in a new home at the Museum.

This summer, in addition to the excellent survey of works in A Tribute to Christo and Jeanne Claude: The Tom Golden Collection, we have several exciting programs and classes for which we encourage you to participate. First, Vero’s very own filmmaker Xaque Gruber will discuss his experiences participating in the Cannes Film Festival as he introduces some of his favorite films from the festival in Yes, We Cannes! The VBMA docent-led virtual Art Talks program will continue to provide an in-depth discussion on works from the Christo and Jeanne-Claude exhibition. And as a final wrap-up to the summer, we will be hosting Art Unwrapped on August 14 for families to enjoy.

As we look forward to 2022, the collections and exhibitions team and VBMA Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, have been hard at work visiting dozens of collectors for next year’s exhibition Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed. You will be surprised by the number of incredible works in Vero Beach that we look forward to sharing with the community next winter. In addition, our 2022 International Lecture Series will be thematically oriented around the exhibit to explore the theme of collecting with a great line-up of speakers who will be announced in the coming weeks.

Finally, in June, we look forward to welcoming the staff and caregivers of the Cleveland Clinic and all first responders to the Museum free of admission. These dedicated professionals have done a heroic job for our community during the pandemic, and we are pleased to honor their service.

We look forward to seeing you soon, in person, at the Museum. Enjoy your summer!

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO

Director’s Message

Brady Roberts

The VBMA wrapped up the high season with a spectacular April. The annual Athena Society Dinner led to spirited conversations and voting with Charles Sheeler’s Hydro-Electric Power, Hoover Dam (1950) declared the winner from the three selections presented. This iconic work that has now entered our collection depicts a great scene of Americana, the creation of the Hoover Dam. The epic scale of the natural and built environment in the painting contrasts with the lone worker, precariously walking a beam. The work is rendered in the photographic style that made Sheeler one of the principal painters of the Precisionist movement. This rare Sheeler painting is a significant addition to the VBMA’s growing collection of 20th Century American Art and is now on view in the Schumann Gallery.

We were pleased to hold this year’s Athena Society Dinner in the newly remodeled Laura and Bill Buck Atrium. Our thanks to Laura and Bill Buck, Gary Brost, Chair of the Museum’s Facilities Committee, and the VBMA Board of Trustees who wholeheartedly supported this important project. Over the summer, we will add acoustic modifications and a state-of-the-art sound system to complete the renovation of this beloved event space. Also, look for Sun Glitter, the iconic fountain sculpture formerly in the atrium, to appear in a new home at the Museum.

This summer, in addition to the excellent survey of works in A Tribute to Christo and Jeanne Claude: The Tom Golden Collection, we have several exciting programs and classes for which we encourage you to participate. First, Vero’s very own filmmaker Xaque Gruber will discuss his experiences participating in the Cannes Film Festival as he introduces some of his favorite films from the festival in Yes, We Cannes! The VBMA docent-led virtual Art Talks program will continue to provide an in-depth discussion on works from the Christo and Jeanne-Claude exhibition. And as a final wrap-up to the summer, we will be hosting Art Unwrapped on August 14 for families to enjoy.

As we look forward to 2022, the collections and exhibitions team and VBMA Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, have been hard at work visiting dozens of collectors for next year’s exhibition Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed. You will be surprised by the number of incredible works in Vero Beach that we look forward to sharing with the community next winter. In addition, our 2022 International Lecture Series will be thematically oriented around the exhibit to explore the theme of collecting with a great line-up of speakers who will be announced in the coming weeks.

Finally, in June, we look forward to welcoming the staff and caregivers of the Cleveland Clinic and all first responders to the Museum free of admission. These dedicated professionals have done a heroic job for our community during the pandemic, and we are pleased to honor their service.

We look forward to seeing you soon, in person, at the Museum. Enjoy your summer!

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO