Kay Perkins, Chairman
Alfred Sikes, Vice Chairman
Carolyn Williams, Secretary
Dirck Bartlett, Treasurer
Thomas Collier, MD
Doris Fischer Malesardi
Joseph Schulman, MD
Tom D. Seip
Joan W. Cox
Paul W. Makosky
Earl “Rusty” Powell
Arthur L.S. Waxter
Paul C. Wilson
Reading through the quarterly membership magazine, Academy, I am continually struck by the vast array and quality of cultural offerings within our midst. You need only to turn the page to be excited by an exhibition, art class, musical performance, youth program, lecture or bus tour to great museums enticing you to go online and sign up. But there is more for your AAM Membership which might be new to you.
With a creative idea emanating from the Spring Event committee several years ago, a wonderful new opportunity surfaced called “Artful Adventures.” For the past several years, members have signed up to participate in these one-of-a-kind special events that run the gamut... from a tour of private art collections in Talbot County to an expert appraisal of your favorite heirloom as part of a delicious, hospitable evening.
In September, my husband Bob and I joined a congenial group of 28 fellow travelers—new friends and old—on the Artful Adventure to New York: “Overnight to the Guggenheim.” We boarded the bus in Easton and, thanks to AAM members John and Suzanne Whitmore, had overnight accommodations at the University Club, a Beaux Arts architectural gem in Midtown Manhattan.
Longtime AAM member Peg Keller arranged our afternoon visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where we enjoyed a special tour of the painting and decorative arts galleries of the New American Wing with Professor Paige Knox and Curator of American Decorative Arts, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen. One of many highlights was the chance to view the 17th century glass collection on prominent display and donated to the Met by Peg and Bob Keller.
That evening we visited Dorsey Waxter, owner of the Van Doren Waxter Gallery, President of the Art Dealers Association of America, and daughter of AAM members Nancy and Arky Waxter. Dorsey and Guggenheim Director Richard Armstrong graciously hosted us for a special cocktail reception at their Manhattan residence.
After a night on the town, our group re-gathered the next morning for an 8:30 AM pre-public opening at the Guggenheim, arranged by AAM member and exhibiting artist James Turrell. We were welcomed by Richard Armstrong and escorted into the rotunda where we lay on the floor or leaned back on circular seating to view the Aten Reign (2013), the centerpiece of the Turrell retrospective. This is “a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light.” Curator Nat Trotman was sensational in extrapolating critical elements of this unique exhibition. The entire experience was profound and, seeing the block-long crowd queuing up for this blockbuster exhibition as we left, we all realized how lucky we were to be part of the Academy Art Museum family.
Our Artful Adventure continued at the Whitney Museum of Art where Director Erik Neil had arranged for a private, beforehours tour of the exceptional Hopper Drawing exhibition. The Whitney was bequeathed more than 2,500 drawings by Edward Hopper’s widow in 1968 and now owns the largest collection of Hoppers in the museum world. As Assistant Curator Nicholas Robbins explained, the exhibition draws from this remarkable collection to link over 200 drawings and sketchbooks with 21 of Hopper’s major paintings.
On the bus trip home, I was again struck by our good fortune to be part of the Academy Art Museum—an extraordinary center for arts, culture, and camaraderie, with a reach far beyond our own Eastern Shore. With the mission of making arts and culture available to all, we eagerly welcome new members. I hope you’ll encourage friends and neighbors to join—or perhaps offer them a gift membership—so they can take advantage (often with discount) of the tremendous offerings and opportunities at the Academy Art Museum.
Kay Perkins, Chairman, Board of Trustees