Mounting an exhibition like James Turrell Perspectives requires the collaboration and hard work of many people. Each member of our staff contributed significantly in bringing this striking array of images and objects to our community. From the start, Anke Van Wagenberg, our curator, worked closely with James Turrell and his assistants to define, monitor, and complete the installation. She also wrote the text for the accompanying checklist. Edward Robinson took on extra duties to build custom pedestals and paint and repaint. George Holzer matted, framed, and hung all photographs along with many, many other tasks. Beth Jones wrote the successful grant proposals and letters that helped us raise the extra funds needed to mount the exhibition. Janet Hendricks designed all the materials related to the exhibition including the invitation, checklist, and Academy magazine. Amy Steward publicized the exhibition to regional and national outlets. Constance Del Nero designed the educational programming for children, families, and other visitors. Marie Bradley ensured that the invitations were sent and all the bills were paid. Without these many hands, the exhibition could not have happened.
Support was received from various institutions, beginning with a $20,000 grant from the Dedalus Foundation, which allowed us to move ahead with such an ambitious project. We also received generous donations from Robert and Marsha Lonergan, the Ravenal Foundation, Thomas and Robin Clarke, Tim Kagan, and Frank and Joan Kittredge. The Maryland State Arts Council and the Talbot County Arts Council provide us with vital operating funds. Of course, the exhibition would be inconceivable without the creativity and generosity of James Turrell himself. I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all who have supported us in this endeavor.
Our cover of Academy magazine this quarter is intended to focus attention on the educational activities of the Academy Art Museum. We strive to be a vibrant center for the arts and arts education which is the core of our mission. Over the last few years, with the leadership of artist and instructor Katie Cassidy, we have increased both the number of classes offered and their variety. The result has been very positive. As we look to the future, we intend to develop opportunities in more areas, including digital media. One day soon, we may be teaching not only the basics of digital photography, but also, graphic design and digital printmaking, as well as video and game design. The Museum is moving forward in many exciting ways.
Erik H. Neil, Director
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