DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

 

Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of Boca Raton Museum of Art
On January 24, 2001, the Boca Raton Museum of Art opened its new building in Mizner Park. This year we celebrate our 15th anniversary at this site realizing that it has been shaped by the passion of many collectors, donors, curators, and directors. We continue to develop its holdings and legacy to ensure the Museum is an enduring part of the life of Boca Raton. The scope of the Museum goes well beyond its footprint and we take very seriously our role in an expanded cultural campus that encompasses our Art School, Artists Guild gallery, and our many cultural and educational partners throughout South Florida.

There several new acquisitions to which you should pay special attention: Carol and Barry Kaye recently gave the Museum 25 sculptures, 13 of which have been installed in the Sculpture Garden – a truly transformational addition to the collection.. You can look forward to more of the works being unveiled around the Museum in the coming months. And sculptures by Henry Moretti, recently gifted by Susan Miller and Robert and Marlene Uchin, are handsomely installed on the second floor.

Within these pages of our web site you will find a range of current exhibitions from the photographs of Arnold Newman and sculptures of Charles McGill to the video installation by Jane Benson. It is important to underscore the importance of our Exhibition Fund donors who make it possible for us to present an exciting array of shows. Major support for the Museum’s Exhibition Fund is generously provided by Jennifer & Marc Bell, Beatrice Cummings Mayer, and Christine & Peter Raimondi.

Additional major support is generously provided by the Estate of Ruth Feigl, Jody H. & Martin Grass, Georgina & Edwin Polokoff, Dalia & Duane Stiller, Terry & Sheldon Adelman, Sara Jo Kobacker, Peg Anderson, Tamara & Al Rabil, Patricia Savides, Dr. Nicole Edeiken, and Steinberg Global Asset Management, Ltd. Ongoing support is provided in part by the City of Boca Raton; the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. And many thanks to our Members and Donors who continue to support the Museum and are an enduring part of the Museum’s identity.

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.

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.

Publications

Muse Newsletter


Muse Newsletter

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

February to August 2017 (PDF, 5 MB)
October 2016 to January, 2017 (PDF, 2 MB)
February to August, 2016. (4.3 MB)

 

Board of Trustees

  • Jody Harrison Grass, Chair
    Joined the Board in 2010. Artist/Textile Designer.
     
  • Peg Anderson, Vice Chair
    Joined the Board in 2012. Civic leader and community volunteer.
     
  • Martin Mallinger, 2nd Vice Chair
    Joined Board in 2014. Attorney/Partner at Landis & Mallinger, P.L.
     
  • Paul Miller, Treasurer
    Joined the Board in 2012. Retired Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Pfizer, Inc.
     
  • Francis Feeney, Assistant Treasurer
    Joined the Board in 2016. Principal of both III Capital Management and AVM, L.P.
     
  • Beth H. Davis, Secretary
    Joined the Board in 2015. Partner/attorney at Hamblett & Kerrigan, P.A., Nashua, New  Hampshire.
     
  • Dalia Pabón Stiller, Immediate Past Chair
    Joined the Board in 2007. Founder and architectural designer at Woolbright Development.
     

TRUSTEES

  • M. Adam Bankier
    Joined the Board in 2001. Founder/Partner at Bankier & Arlen Law Group, PLLC
     
  • Marc Bell
    Joined the Board in 2015. Founder of Marc Bell Capital.
     
  • Marleen Brody
    Joined the Board in 2015. RN and Head Nurse at NYU Medical Center(retired).
     
  • B. Michael Budd
    Joined the Board in 2003. Senior Private Banker for the Southeast region of Wells Fargo Private Bank.
     
  • Kevin Lane Cooper
    Joined the Board in 2006, rejoined in 2012. Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley.
     
  • Dr. Jerome Dersh
    Joined the Board in 2009. Doctor of ophthamology (retired).
     
  • John DesPrez III
    Joined the Board in 2016. CEO of Incapital, LLC.
     
  • Dr. Scott Farber
    Joined the Board in 2016. Board certified plastic surgeon, owner of Farber Plastic Surgery.
     
  • June Gelb
    Joined the Board in 1999. Retired from Medical Office Management and Design.
     
  • Micki Hirsch
    Joined the Board in 2017. Board of Govenors member of the Boca Rio Club and chairwoman of the Boca Rio Foundation.
     
  • Darrell Jacob
    Joined the Board in 2017. Artist and community supporter.
     
  • Alfred Karram Jr
    Joined the Board in 2016. Owner, founder, and chief designer of AKJ Design Concepts, LLC.
     
  • Andrew Kravit
    Joined the Board in 2015. Founder of Kravit Estate Appraisals, LLC.
     
  • Åsa Lööf
    Joined the Board in 2006, rejoined in 2014. Retired educator.
     
  • Dr. Karen Mashkin
    Joined the Board in 2007. President of KJ Michaels, LLC.
     
  • Beatrice Cummings Mayer
    Joined Board in 2003. Retired from Sara Lee Corporation Board of Directors, 1974–1993.
     
  • Dr. Tamara Morgenstern
    Joined the Board in 2015. Architectural historian.
     
  • Dr. Evan Packer
    Joined the Board in 2016. Neurosurgeon.
     
  • Sally Painter
    Joined the Board in 2016. Business Owner and Artist.
     
  • Dr. Susan Resneck Pierce
    Joined Board in 2015. President of SRP Consulting, LLC and President Emerita of University of Puget Sound.
     
  • Linda Heinze Sandelman
    Joined the Board in 2014. Retired President of Robert Brain Associates.
     
  • Patricia "Trish" Savides
    Joined the Board in 2015. Artist.
     
  • Brian Sherr
    Joined the Board in 2015. Managing Shareholder Emeritus of Greenberg Traurig’s Fort Lauderdale Office.
     
  • Julie Clairmont Shide
    Joined the Board in 1999, rejoined in 2012. Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley.
     
  • Liza Wainger
    Joined the Board in 2017. President of family foundation.

HONORARY TRUSTEES

  • Norman Codo - 1993
  • Jean Colker - 2013
  • Olive Johnson - 1994
  • Sara Jo Kobacker - 1999
  • Rhoda Mayerson - 1994
  • Mary Jane Pollack - 1999
  • Marlene Pomeranz - 1995
  • Harry Sugarman - 1994
  • Dr. William Wolgin - 1991


Ex Officio

  • Terry Adelman, Advising Trustee
    Joined the Board in 2008. Civic leader and community volunteer.
  • Irvin M. Lippman, Executive Director
  • Amy Hogaboom, President, Friends Auxiliary
  • Stephen Lombardi, President, Artists Guild
  • Steven L. Abrams, County Commissioner, Palm Beach
  • Susan Haynie, Mayor, City of Boca Raton

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

Assistant Registrar

Lanya Snyder Assistant Curator

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

Lilia

Gelb

Membership Manager

Mary Beth

Harris

Special Events Manager

Bari

Arango

Grants & Proposals Manager

Meredith

Walter

Development Associate

FINANCE

Linda

Ursillo

Director of Finance

Cate

Fradkin

Finance and Benefits Manager

Roe

Molloy

Accounting Specialist

Carol

Nite

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant - Museum

MARKETING, VISITOR SERVICES & COMMUNICATIONS

Inga

Ford

Director of Innovations, Marketing & Communications

Aylin

Tito

Associate Director of Museum Store & Visitor Experience

Austin

Modine

Marketing Manager

Kelsey

Johnson

PR & Social Media Associate

Carole

Rovner

Asst. Store Manager

Fulya

Acikgoz

Visitor Experience Associate

Noemia

Felipe

Visitor Experience Associate

Debbie Blair Visitor Experience Associate

FACILITY SERVICES

Larry

Weissman

Director of Facilities and Security

Michael

Rivera

Maintenance

Junior

Santos

Maintenance

Michael

Mercogliano

Custodian

ART SCHOOL

Walter

O'Neill

Director - Art School

Catherine Quinn

Manning

Office Manager - Art School

Lady

Osorio

Registrar- Art School

Andy

Regitz

Facility Manager - Art School

Craig

Roberts

Maintenance - Art School

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