Boca Raton Museum of Art Names Roberta Kjelgaard Director of Development

10/09/14
Boca Raton Museum of Art

BOCA RATON, FL – (October 9, 2014) – The Boca Raton Museum of Art Board of Trustees and Irvin Lippman, Executive Director, announce the appointment of Roberta Kjelgaard as Director of Development.

“I had the good fortune to work with Roberta in Fort Lauderdale for six years and could not be more pleased that she is joining us in Boca Raton,” says Lippman.  “She is the consummate fundraising professional who has the passion to engage audiences in the appreciation of works of art – a winning combination in underscoring the worthiness of supporting the arts,” continues Lippman.

Before joining the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Ms. Kjelgaard was the Director of Development at the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, State University of New York.  Her role included rebuilding the Neuberger’s development program and resulted in substantial increases to their fundraising goals.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Boca Raton Museum of Art as a member of its dynamic staff.  I was fortunate to visit the Museum this past June during a Late Night Thursday event, and was struck by the sheer elegance and beauty of the galleries,” says Kjelgaard.  “The Museum provides a stunning setting for art exhibitions and cultural events, the throngs of people that evening added a warmth and glow to an already welcoming environment,” continues Kjelgaard.

From 2007 to 2013, Kjelgaard served as the Director of Development at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University, where she first worked with Mr. Lippman.

She was the Director of Development and Marketing at the Miami Light Project from 1998 to 2006, and from 1994 to 1998, was the Assistant Dean of the Dance Division at the New World School of the Arts at Miami-Dade College.

Ms. Kjelgaard received her Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University in 1982, and her Master of Arts in Dance from Ohio State University in 1987.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and currently resides in Boca Raton, FL.

Founded in 1950 by the Art Guild of Boca Raton, the Museum’s collections, innovative exhibitions, and educational programming are international in scope and reflect the creative expression of the Florida region.  In 2001, the Boca Raton Museum of Art moved into its new home in Mizner Park at 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL.  The Art School, located nearby on West Palmetto Park Road (the Museum’s original location), offers more than 100 classes in a variety of media for adults and children.  The Guild remains a strong auxiliary of the Museum with more than 350 artist-members who actively exhibit throughout the area and whose work may be seen at the Artists’ Guild Gallery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

Upcoming exhibitions include: Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art; Elliott Erwitt: Photography; Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions, and video installations by Shizuka Yokomizo, Cory Arcangel, Janet Biggs, Trine Lise Nedreaas and Robin Rhode (November 9, 2014 - January 11, 2015); Surrealism and Magic (January 26 - April 5, 2015), and Helena Rubinstein: The Power of Beauty (April 21 - July 12, 2015).

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Editor’s Note:  High-res images available upon request.