Director’s Message

This summer, we were delighted to welcome many visitors to the Christo and Jeanne-Claude retrospective as our attendance bounced back to levels we have not seen in over a year. It was a pleasure to have live art classes in the Museum studios and resume many of our Art for Health’s Sake programs. We continue to adapt to circumstances to return all of our programs and events to full capacity as soon as possible. And when you visit the Museum next, you will see a vastly improved Laura and Bill Buck Atrium. Many visitors have inquired about our iconic Sunglitter sculpture, once the centerpiece of the atrium. We are pleased that it will have a new home, prominently placed in the south Beckwith Sculpture Park.

The team at the Museum has been hard at work on a robust season ahead, beginning October 2nd with the exhibition American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection, which features 90 exceptional works from the Museum’s collection in New York. This will be followed by the highly anticipated Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed, opening in January 2022. VBMA Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg has visited dozens of collectors to find the hidden masterpieces in our community, and we are excited to be unveiling so many of these artworks this winter. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Brady Roberts

The 2022 International Lecture Series will focus on the theme of collecting with speakers including Karole Vail, the granddaughter of Peggy Guggenheim; Royal Collection curator Desmond Shawe-Taylor; and filmmaker Joe Medeiros who documented the greatest art theft of all time, the Mona Lisa. And we are thrilled to be hosting international artist and sculptor Fred Wilson, creator of the chandelier, The Way the Moon is in Love with the Dark, the newest work to enter VBMA’s permanent collection. Tickets are now available for these lectures, and space is limited. Please visit our website to purchase tickets.

Last year, the Museum launched a program with all of the libraries in Indian River County to provide free passes to the Museum for individuals and families, available for anyone to check out. This became an instant hit. This year, the Education team will begin Museum Explorations on the Go with select libraries to deepen our community connectivity. Details of all of these programs are inside this Quarterly. We are pleased to return to the print version, a signal of our renewed optimism for the season ahead. We have also had a change in Board leadership as Steve Coley stepped down after three remarkable years as Chair. He is succeeded by Emily Sherwood, who’s broad experience and expertise on boards of non-profits will be extremely beneficial to the Museum. It is our great fortune to have such talented leaders at the helm of this institution. And as always, a big thank you to YOU, our members, for keeping the VBMA vital.

We look forward to seeing you this fall.

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO

Director’s Message

Brady Roberts

This summer, we were delighted to welcome many visitors to the Christo and Jeanne-Claude retrospective as our attendance bounced back to levels we have not seen in over a year. It was a pleasure to have live art classes in the Museum studios and resume many of our Art for Health’s Sake programs. We continue to adapt to circumstances to return all of our programs and events to full capacity as soon as possible. And when you visit the Museum next, you will see a vastly improved Laura and Bill Buck Atrium. Many visitors have inquired about our iconic Sunglitter sculpture, once the centerpiece of the atrium. We are pleased that it will have a new home, prominently placed in the south Beckwith Sculpture Park.

The team at the Museum has been hard at work on a robust season ahead, beginning October 2nd with the exhibition American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection, which features 90 exceptional works from the Museum’s collection in New York. This will be followed by the highly anticipated Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed, opening in January 2022. VBMA Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg has visited dozens of collectors to find the hidden masterpieces in our community, and we are excited to be unveiling so many of these artworks this winter. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

The 2022 International Lecture Series will focus on the theme of collecting with speakers including Karole Vail, the granddaughter of Peggy Guggenheim; Royal Collection curator Desmond Shawe-Taylor; and filmmaker Joe Medeiros who documented the greatest art theft of all time, the Mona Lisa. And we are thrilled to be hosting international artist and sculptor Fred Wilson, creator of the chandelier, The Way the Moon is in Love with the Dark, the newest work to enter VBMA’s permanent collection. Tickets are now available for these lectures, and space is limited. Please visit our website to purchase tickets.

Last year, the Museum launched a program with all of the libraries in Indian River County to provide free passes to the Museum for individuals and families, available for anyone to check out. This became an instant hit. This year, the Education team will begin Museum Explorations on the Go with select libraries to deepen our community connectivity. Details of all of these programs are inside this Quarterly. We are pleased to return to the print version, a signal of our renewed optimism for the season ahead. We have also had a change in Board leadership as Steve Coley stepped down after three remarkable years as Chair. He is succeeded by Emily Sherwood, who’s broad experience and expertise on boards of non-profits will be extremely beneficial to the Museum. It is our great fortune to have such talented leaders at the helm of this institution. And as always, a big thank you to YOU, our members, for keeping the VBMA vital.

We look forward to seeing you this fall.Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO