Director’s Message

As we finalize this Quarterly issue, the Museum is excited to announce our reopening next week on October 6, 2020. For members, every Tuesday through the fall will be Member-only Tuesdays. The Museum will be open just for you and your guests on this day as our way of giving back, and to thank you for all your support and patience over the last few months. Of course, we will send you an official announcement shortly along with guidelines to provide a safe experience for all of our visitors. Capacity will be somewhat limited, but we have a great season of exhibitions, classes, and programs lined up, and our team can’t wait to welcome you back!

During our temporary closure, we took advantage of this time to accomplish some much-needed facility repairs. This includes necessary upgrades to the HVAC system, essential to creating and sustaining the proper museum environment for significant works of art. Additionally, it ensures clean air quality for our visitors. And we are making dramatic improvements to the Atrium. When we reopen the Buck Atrium this fall, you will see the fountain, steps and ramp will be removed, and the floor leveled, providing an even more beautiful, spacious, and functional area. This project is supported by Laura and Bill Buck with additional help from the VBMA Board of Trustees, who also generously funded the HVAC repairs.

While the Museum has been closed to physical visitors, our virtual doors have been open through Museum Extras, and the Museum’s programs have continued to reach thousands of people with more than 95,000 pages viewed on our website. Our Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, has provided in-depth content with Anke’s Art Moments; Flick Picks has provided much needed alternative content for at-home film viewing; and families have enjoyed sharing their creative art projects while learning about the permanent collection in Museum Stories. I encourage you to check out this content if you haven’t already! We also had over 200 people join our virtual members opening for Avery to Warhol in July. Given the great interest in this show, we’ve extended it through the remainder of 2020, so people will have a better chance to see it. October will also mark the opening of the beautiful light installations of Chul Hyun Ahn with his New Light exhibition. Organized by our Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, this show provides the uplifting experience we all need right now. Our Virtual Members’ Opening is scheduled for October 23rd – watch your inbox for your e-vite.

In January 2021, we will present Poetry of Nature, an epic exhibition of Hudson River School landscape paintings from the New-York Historical Society, and we’ll have outstanding programs themed around this show including the International Lecture Series with keynote speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin. Full details on this and other programs are described in this issue.

We’re looking forward to opening our doors this fall and to welcoming the community back to the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO

Director’s Message

Brady Roberts

As we finalize this Quarterly issue, the Museum is excited to announce our reopening next week on October 6, 2020. For members, every Tuesday through the fall will be Member-only Tuesdays. The Museum will be open just for you and your guests on this day as our way of giving back, and to thank you for all your support and patience over the last few months. Of course, we will send you an official announcement shortly along with guidelines to provide a safe experience for all of our visitors. Capacity will be somewhat limited, but we have a great season of exhibitions, classes, and programs lined up, and our team can’t wait to welcome you back!

During our temporary closure, we took advantage of this time to accomplish some much-needed facility repairs. This includes necessary upgrades to the HVAC system, essential to creating and sustaining the proper museum environment for significant works of art. Additionally, it ensures clean air quality for our visitors. And we are making dramatic improvements to the Atrium. When we reopen the Buck Atrium this fall, you will see the fountain, steps and ramp will be removed, and the floor leveled, providing an even more beautiful, spacious, and functional area. This project is supported by Laura and Bill Buck with additional help from the VBMA Board of Trustees, who also generously funded the HVAC repairs.

While the Museum has been closed to physical visitors, our virtual doors have been open through Museum Extras, and the Museum’s programs have continued to reach thousands of people with more than 95,000 pages viewed on our website. Our Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, has provided in-depth content with Anke’s Art Moments; Flick Picks has provided much needed alternative content for at-home film viewing; and families have enjoyed sharing their creative art projects while learning about the permanent collection in Museum Stories. I encourage you to check out this content if you haven’t already! We also had over 200 people join our virtual members opening for Avery to Warhol in July. Given the great interest in this show, we’ve extended it through the remainder of 2020, so people will have a better chance to see it. October will also mark the opening of the beautiful light installations of Chul Hyun Ahn with his New Light exhibition. Organized by our Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, this show provides the uplifting experience we all need right now. Our Virtual Members’ Opening is scheduled for October 23rd – watch your inbox for your e-vite.

In January 2021, we will present Poetry of Nature, an epic exhibition of Hudson River School landscape paintings from the New-York Historical Society, and we’ll have outstanding programs themed around this show including the International Lecture Series with keynote speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin. Full details on this and other programs are described in this issue.

We’re looking forward to opening our doors this fall and to welcoming the community back to the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Brady Roberts

Executive Director/ CEO