Kay Perkins, Chairman
Alfred Sikes, Vice Chairman
Carolyn Williams, Secretary
Dirck Bartlett, Treasurer
Tom D. Seip
J. T. Smith
Joan W. Cox
Richard C. Granville
Paul W. Makosky
Paul C. Wilson
Arnold L. Lehman
Earl A. Powell III
As we wrap up the final quarter
of our program/fiscal year 2014,
we have much to celebrate:
exhilarating exhibitions; advanced
art classes and expanded
education programs for our
youth and adults; acquisitions
for our permanent collections; a
dynamic roster of speakers for
our Kittredge-Wilson Speakers
Series; and art excursions to
sample amazing public and
private collections—from as near
as Washington, DC to as far away
as Los Angeles and Sicily. A brief glance through this quarterly will
alert you to the equally exceptional opportunities planned for the
On the financial front, the news is rosy as well. You, our generous donors, stepped forward to meet this year's $1 million endowment challenge—an historic accomplishment for AAM! Thanks to you as well, we have raised more gifts for the Annual Fund than ever while also increasing by 20% our net from "Celebrate the Duke," the Museum's annual May fundraiser. At the same time, the Museum continues our tradition of maintaining a modest balanced operating budget.
During FY 2014, we also undertook a successful feasibility study, which helped inform a revised and vibrant strategic plan. We look forward to more robust programs in Museum space repurposed to meet growing constituent engagement. Our new Digital Studio, for example, is now operational. We invite you to take a new class, learn a new skill, and stay tuned as we roll out additional strategic initiatives in the year ahead.
All of the above has been accomplished under the creative leadership of our Director Erik Neil, his talented and hardworking staff, and a Board of Trustees committed to providing the support needed to move the Museum forward. You too—our incredibly dedicated Members and extraordinary donors—are essential partners in our success. Thank you for your commitment and your gracious generosity of time, talent, and financial support!
As well known by now, Erik has accepted an exceptional position at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. We thank him for all he has accomplished here to enhance our cultural experiences, tickle our senses, and solidify the Academy Art Museum's reputation as one of the country's premier regional arts museum. We wish him and his family, all of whom will be missed, great success as they embark on their exciting adventure.
In the meantime, we have embarked on our exciting adventure insearch of Erik's replacement with every confidence that our next Director will guide the Academy Art Museum to ever-higher levels of service to our community!
Kay Perkins, Chairman, Board of Trustees.