DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

 

Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art strives to enable rewarding experiences with art for people of all ages, and our Education Department has a long history of serving children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

In September, we launched Conversations that Matter, a new program that delves into issues and ideas that affect our community. The first panel discussion was on how can we in the arts create interactive experiences and encourage self-expression and personal growth for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

Our panel participants wonderfully underscored the potential of looking at art and creating art to improve quality of life for millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Indeed, experiences with art are often transformative, enabling all people to live with dignity, purpose, and joy.

Our fall exhibitions Clifford Ross: Waves and Maren Hassinger: Tree of Knowledge celebrate artwork from two very different art-making traditions, an attribute that has become a hallmark at the Museum.

It would seem obvious that, with a coastal address such as ours, we would naturally be fascinated by the subject of waves; thus our interest in Clifford Ross’s monumental body of work. But the subject of Clifford’s photographs is as much about unpredictable shapes as the action of waves, as much about abstraction as realism.

This is all brought to a high point with his most recent work — Digital Waves, an LED wall in which the artist’s memory of the sea has been recreated with the aid of computer-generated animation. Happily, the work has been acquired by the Museum and will reside in our galleries long after this exhibition ends.

Maren Hassinger has used as her inspiration the banyan tree in Pearl City, our historic African-American community that is only a few blocks from the Museum. The public was invited to join her in making the aerial roots for the banyan tree out of richly textured streams of newspapers.

The volunteers, throughout the summer, twisted sheets of newspapers, creating one streamer after another, sharing stories around a table set up in the Museum’s Grand Hall and community-based workshops. The project has been supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation. Installed in the Museum’s gallery, it becomes a metaphorical banyan tree that celebrates the Tree of Knowledge as the banyan tree is known in the Pearl City neighborhood.

Irvin M. Lippman

Executive Director

Mission Statement

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is dedicated to excellence in all its endeavors, through its collections, exhibitions, and educational opportunities.  The Museum values cultural, artistic, and intellectual diversity and accommodates a wide range of experiences and learning styles.  It welcomes new and broader constituencies, encouraging a heightened public understanding and appreciation of the visual world.

Vision Statement

International in scope, while reflecting the creative expression of our region and city, the Museum explores the broadest spectrum of visual culture at the highest level of quality. The Museum will be a destination and an experience, and serve as the cultural heart of Boca Raton.  The Museum in Mizner Park, The Art School in its historic home on Palmetto Park Road, and its Artists’ Guild, reflect the community’s civic commitment to excellence in arts and education.  Together they form an expanded creative campus that generates a lively conversation and provides insight into the creative force in our community.

Museum History

As "The Official Fine Arts Museum for the City of Boca Raton." the Museum plays a key role in enhancing the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Boca Raton and its surrounding communities, and has maintained the reputation of being one of South Florida's leading cultural institutions, attracting more than 200,000 visitors annually to its galleries and programs.

Deeply rooted in the history of its city, the Boca Raton Museum of Art exemplifies the cultural impact and "ripple effect" of the arts in small towns across America. In Boca Raton, the Museum's roots reach back to the late 1940s, when a group of socially active women came together to form the town's first organization, a civic club, with the goal to build a small library. Two library board members, philanthropist Hildegarde Schine and socialite Roberta MacSpadden had been appointed to organize an Open House. They met in the 1920s Town Hall, where an estimated 1,000 people flooded the Library Open House, which included an exhibition of paintings, borrowed from friends and loaned by galleries from Palm Beach to Miami. There and then, the Library Association decided they should form an organization to further this interest in the fine arts. In 1950, The Art Guild of Boca Raton was born.

In 1961, construction of the first Art Guild building commenced, and in the fall of 1962, the Art Guild dedicated the building on Palmetto Park Road that the Museum occupied until January 2001, and that now houses its school of art. Growth and expansion have been steady ever since those first years. Within seven years, the building required an expansion, and three studio classrooms were added. In 1973, the Art Guild officially became a not-for-profit corporation, and twelve years later - in 1985 - changed its name to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In 1978, the Museum hired its first full-time Director, and began a serious program of collections acquisition and changing exhibitions. By the late 1980s, the Board of Trustees began to address the need for future expansion to accommodate the growth of the Museum's collections.

In late 1997, the Museum made a commitment to build a new facility in downtown Boca Raton's Mizner Park. On January 24, 2001, the new Museum at Mizner Park was officially opened to the public debt-free. The 44,000 square foot facility makes possible increased exhibition, education and collection galleries; to add public meeting and program areas; and to enhance fourfold the Museum's programming capabilities. It is a permanent architectural symbol of the City's pride in its past, commitment to the present, and faith in the future.

In June 2001, the Museum began expansion of its Art School on Palmetto Park Road, which now includes eight classrooms and a faculty/student exhibition gallery. The school offers over 100 weekly classes taught by more than 50 highly experienced instructors with annual attendance of nearly 3,000 students of all ages.

Reaching its sixth decade, the Boca Raton Museum of Art looks toward the future with renewed enthusiasm. The Museum continues to attract people of all ages with its permanent and traveling exhibitions, educational gallery, and sculpture garden. Lectures, film & video series, docent and cell phone tours, special events, and children and family programming expand the visitors experience throughout the year. A Grand Hallway, stunning Sculpture Garden and large catering kitchen makes the Boca Raton Museum of Art the ideal place for meetings and social gatherings.

Publications

Muse Newsletter


Muse Newsletter

The Boca Raton Museum of Art publishes the Muse Newsletter bi-annually. Download and read the most recent issue.

April to October 2018 (PDF, 15.1 MB)
November 2017 to March 2018 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
February to August 2017 (PDF, 5 MB)
October 2016 to January, 2017 (PDF, 2 MB)

Board of Trustees 2018-2019

OFFICERS

Jody Harrison Grass, Chair
John DesPrez III, Vice Chair
Martin Mallinger, 2nd Vice Chair
Paul Miller, Treasurer
Susan Resneck Pierce, Assistant Treasurer
Beth H. Davis, Secretary
Dalia Pabón Stiller, Immediate Past Chair

TRUSTEES

Terry Adelman
Peg Anderson
M. Adam Bankier
Marc Bell
Marleen Brody
B. Michael Budd
Gail Cohen
Dr. Jerome Dersh
Dr. Scott Farber
Francis Feeney
June Gelb
Micki Hirsch
Darrell Jacob
Paola Luptak Jakobson
Andrew Kravit
Åsa Lööf
Dr. Karen Mashkin
Jo Anne Rioli Moeller
Dr. Tamara Morgenstern
Dr. Evan Packer
Sally Painter
Peter Raimondi
Patricia Savides
Brian Sherr
Julie Clairmont Shide
Edward Smith III
Edith Stein
Liza Wainger

EX OFFICIO

Irvin Lippman, Executive Director
Barbara Chamberlain, Chair, Professional Advisory Committee
Regina Peters, President, Friends

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Norman Codo  
Jean Colker   
Olive Johnson  
Sara Jo Kobacker      
Rhoda Mayerson       
Mary Jane Pollack      
Marlene Pomeranz 
Dr. William Wolgin

Staff

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

Irvin

Lippman

Executive Director

Valerie

Johnson

Assistant to Executive Director

CURATORIAL

Kathleen

Goncharov

Senior Curator

Martin

Hanahan

Chief Registrar and Director of Exhibition Services

Kelli

Bodle

Associate Registrar

Lanya

Snyder

Assistant Curator

Brendan

Adams

Museum Preparator

EDUCATION

Claire

Clum

Director of Education

Luis

Glickman

Academic Programs Manager

Duane

Smith

Adult & Community Programs Coordinator

Maria

Brueggeman

Educational Programs Coordinator

Bari

Martz

Museum Educator

DEVELOPMENT

Roberta

Kjelgaard

Director of Development

Jim

May

Associate Director of Development

Lilia

Gelb

Membership Manager

Tatiana

Velasquez

Development Events Manager

Bari

Arango

Grants & Proposals Manager

Sarah

Donovan

Development Associate

Carol

Nite

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant - Museum

FINANCE

Linda

Ursillo

Director of Finance

Cate

Fradkin

Director of Human Resources

Riley

Conner

Accounting Clerk

MARKETING and VISITOR SERVICES

Aylin

Tito

Director of Marketing and Visitor Engagement

Austin

Modine

Marketing Manager

Fulya

Acikgoz

Visitor Experience Manager

Marcus

Astafan

Visitor Experience Associate

Debbie

Blair

Visitor Experience Associate

Deidre

Seda-Comas

Visitor Experience Associate

FACILITY SERVICES

Larry

Weissman

Director of Facilities and Security

Michael

Rivera

Maintenance

Michael

Mercogliano

Custodian

ART SCHOOL

Inga

Ford

Director of Art School and Innovations

Lady

Osorio

Registrar- Art School

Tina

Louvet

Office Manager - Art School

Lianna

Slater

Administrative Assistant- Art School

Andy

Regitz

Facility Manager - Art School

Jesus

Garcia

Maintenance - Art School

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