On June 8, 2015, the Michener Art Museum Board of Trustees gave their stamp of approval to the document that will guide our vision and actions from 2015–2020. Our Strategic Plan, Fortifying the Michener Art Museum for the 21st Century, will aid the transformation of the Museum into a cultural touchstone for both new and returning audiences, retaining its identity as a regional treasure while responding to the new environment that museums worldwide must now navigate.
As a result of this planning process, there has been an evolution of employee positions and an investment in strengthening departments with professional staff support and technology.
Fall 2015 brings expanded programmatic offerings in youth and adult art education, music and exhibition specific events, and several opportunities for our Members to participate in very special gatherings with our curators and artists. We will continue our pilot program Art for All that has touched so many dealing with the effects of dementia/Alzheimer’s as patients and caregivers. The Museum’s Docent corps has made a remarkable contribution to this program and has a deep sense of satisfaction with these intimate interactions.
The popular Collector Series returns with three sold-out opportunities to view extraordinary collections and interact with those who are invested in an aesthetic vision. I am grateful to SEI for their generous support of this initiative. And, The Art of Wine, celebrates its Fifth Biennial on October 17, 2015. This is the Museum’s most important and signature fundraiser and your support as a guest and with donations to our Silent and Live Auctions is critical to our ongoing success.
Other important and exciting initiatives include the reimagining of our gallery spaces that will provide fresh interpretation of our treasures, including Redfield’s The Burning of Center Bridge. The Byers Gallery undergoes a make-over and will be dedicated to the Pennsylvania Impressionist stars. With the 2013 installation of Nelson Shanks: A Brush with Reality in the Putman-Smith Gallery, we saw that large-scale, dynamic, and contemporary work shines in this space. Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator Kirsten Jensen is assembling our Modernist holdings that will transform this gallery with color and scale.
I look forward to welcoming you to our Museum!