Letter From the Director

Erik Neil with Kids

Photo credit: Tom McCall

In June the Academy Art Museum will co-sponsor, with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, a major community event – Juneteenth. This celebration commemorates the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. Our festivities on June 16 will include an art exhibition, dance performance, music, readings, and family arts activities, as well as special film screenings of two films about the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. The documentary Double Victory was produced by George Lucas and is a companion to the feature film “Red Tails,” which debuted earlier this year. We will also offer a short film segment by The History Channel. The screenings at the Avalon Theatre will be followed by a panel discussion featuring original Tuskegee Airmen sharing their personal experience, moderated by Vic Carter, WJZ’S Eyewitness News Co-Anchor. Details will be found on page 9.

The Museum partners with numerous organizations in the region to bring unique programming and opportunities to Eastern Shore residents. In the coming weeks and months, some of these events include the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Plein Air Easton! the Chesapeake Film Festival, and the Waterfowl Festival, which will present a panoply of cultural offerings in our beautiful space. Engagement with these important regional institutions is a very rewarding aspect of our community outreach and just as importantly reflects the central role that the Museum has in bringing art and culture to the our residents and visitors to the Eastern Shore.

The exhibition featured on the cover of our latest newsletter, Mesdag To Mondrian: Dutch Art from the Redelé Collection, offers the rare opportunity to view important paintings by major artists active in the Netherlands in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The quality of our exhibitions plays a key role in our community engagement. I am especially also about our upcoming show of works by Pat Steir. She exhibits her abstract paintings and installations internationally and enjoys a devoted following among curators and collectors. Her show in August will bring great interest to the Museum as the summer winds to an end and will continue through the fall. We hope you will fit us into your busy summer schedule by stopping by with family and friends to share the Museum’s many treasures.

Erik H.Neil

Erik H. Neil, Director

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