Welcome to a new year of stellar exhibitions, provocative programs, captivating music, and ever-expanding youth programming that keeps us energized through the winter months. The balmy conclusion to 2015 saw over 800 people attend our Holiday Open House, a collaboration with Mercer Museum, numerous school and adult tour groups enjoying the galleries and the outdoor sculpture gardens, and made us a delightful destination for those seeking an alternative to Black Friday shopping. The Museum was fortunate to enlist the services of Eiseman Construction to meticulously replace the original slate roof of the Warden’s House, constructed in 1884. New copper-lined gutters, rounded slate siding, and fresh paint for the soffits and windows will ensure the longevity of our beautiful entrance façade. The good weather helped this project to come in on time and on budget.
In the midst of changing multiple exhibitions and opening our marquee installation, Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK, we welcomed two colleagues from the museum field for a site visit associated with our reaccreditation application with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The AAM is the national governing body for museums and its imprimatur through accreditation is an important endorsement. The Michener first achieved this honor in 2001. Our colleagues were thoroughly impressed with the Michener’s staff, board, volunteers, exhibitions, visitors, and physical facility from top to bottom. They will submit a report that will be reviewed by the Accreditation Commission in February 2016 and we will learn the outcome in early spring.
2016 also heralds transitions. We welcome several new staff members, introduced on page 25, and say farewell to long-term employee Erika Jaeger-Smith, who has been a part of the Museum’s growth for over 20 years. We extend our appreciation to Jeffrey A. Miller Catering for being a part of the evolution of the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion, our premiere space for events and rentals, and welcome Catering By Design to the Michener family.
The Board of Trustees continues to grow with the addition of three new members, and a major transition in Board leadership will ensure continuity and strong oversight of this outstanding institution. We honored outgoing President/Incoming Chairman Louis E. Della Penna on December 14, 2015 with toasts of appreciation for his considerable efforts to steer the Museum through a physical and leadership transformation during his 2012-2015 tenure. The Della Penna President’s Award was also inaugurated to honor and reward a deserving Museum employee for his or her exceptional efforts throughout the year. Please join me in thanking Lou for his dedication to the Michener Art Museum.
The Board of Trustees continues to grow with the addition of three new members, and a major transition in Board Leadership with the election of Gregory Church as President. His expertise will ensure continuity and strong oversight of this outstanding institution.
Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director & CEO