Director’s Message


Welcome to the Centennial Year for Vero Beach! The Museum is proud to be partnering with the City of Vero Beach on what promises to be a spectacular Centennial season. Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement, our blockbuster winter show, is an official Centennial event, and you will be amazed at the power and beauty of this major survey coming from England. With almost 150 works from a variety of media, Victorian Radicals will occupy every gallery space and transform our Museum. Victorian Radicals will be on display in only a few select locations in North America, thus this offers a rare opportunity to see this stunning exhibition from England.

The exhibition will also entail the launch of key strategic initiatives. For starters, all of our public programs, including our wildly popular Film Studies, seminars and family programs, will center around this major exhibition. We hope to engage, educate and empower you by offering a multitude of ways to experience the exhibition on a deeper level. Delving into topics such as Victorian dress, the life of Queen Victoria and even the legacy of Sherlock Holmes, our celebrated International Lecture Series, featuring world-class speakers, will provide thought-provoking offerings and insights into this exhibition. These programs and the exhibition itself are not to be missed!

Victorian Radicals is a collection of works with major historical significance. Founded in 1848, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood aimed to return European painting to a less complicated style, as was popular prior to the time of Renaissance artist Raphael (1483–1520). The exhibition includes works by well-known artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and William Morris. Works include paintings, drawings, stained glass pieces, metalwork, pottery and textiles. The artists of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood rebelled against the technological innovations of the Industrial Revolution and yearned for a return to simpler times. In addition, the exhibition explores controversial themes including class, gender, human-made versus machine-made – themes that still resonate with us today.

You will notice heightened awareness in the community of the Museum this season as we launch a major marketing campaign for Victorian Radicals. This is just the beginning of a more dynamic Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Along with great art, we like to have fun at the Museum, as is evidenced by the theme of this year’s GALA 2019: The Golden Age of Television, which offers a wide array of retro-nostalgic opportunities for creative costumes! We promise a Bewitching and Good Times evening for all! Our inaugural Fashion Meets Art event last year with Simon Doonan was an instant success. This year we are delighted to welcome Jonathan Adler, renowned American potter, designer and author, for another highly entertaining event.

Many thanks to all of YOU, our incredible supporters, as we embark on an exciting new season.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO

Director’s Message

Brady Roberts

Welcome to the Centennial Year for Vero Beach! The Museum is proud to be partnering with the City of Vero Beach on what promises to be a spectacular Centennial season. Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement, our blockbuster winter show, is an official Centennial event, and you will be amazed at the power and beauty of this major survey coming from England. With almost 150 works from a variety of media, Victorian Radicals will occupy every gallery space and transform our Museum. Victorian Radicals will be on display in only a few select locations in North America, thus this offers a rare opportunity to see this stunning exhibition from England.

The exhibition will also entail the launch of key strategic initiatives. For starters, all of our public programs, including our wildly popular Film Studies, seminars and family programs, will center around this major exhibition. We hope to engage, educate and empower you by offering a multitude of ways to experience the exhibition on a deeper level. Delving into topics such as Victorian dress, the life of Queen Victoria and even the legacy of Sherlock Holmes, our celebrated International Lecture Series, featuring world-class speakers, will provide thought-provoking offerings and insights into this exhibition. These programs and the exhibition itself are not to be missed!

Victorian Radicals is a collection of works with major historical significance. Founded in 1848, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood aimed to return European painting to a less complicated style, as was popular prior to the time of Renaissance artist Raphael (1483–1520). The exhibition includes works by well-known artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and William Morris. Works include paintings, drawings, stained glass pieces, metalwork, pottery and textiles. The artists of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood rebelled against the technological innovations of the Industrial Revolution and yearned for a return to simpler times. In addition, the exhibition explores controversial themes including class, gender, human-made versus machine-made – themes that still resonate with us today.

You will notice heightened awareness in the community of the Museum this season as we launch a major marketing campaign for Victorian Radicals. This is just the beginning of a more dynamic Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Along with great art, we like to have fun at the Museum, as is evidenced by the theme of this year’s GALA 2019: The Golden Age of Television, which offers a wide array of retro-nostalgic opportunities for creative costumes! We promise a Bewitching and Good Times evening for all! Our inaugural Fashion Meets Art event last year with Simon Doonan was an instant success. This year we are delighted to welcome Jonathan Adler, renowned American potter, designer and author, for another highly entertaining event.

Many thanks to all of YOU, our incredible supporters, as we embark on an exciting new season.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO