The Museum Council kicked off the season with a bang on September 18 with a fabulous season opener featuring short gallery talks by more than ten MFA curators, drinks and snacks, and a DJ mixing in the Shapiro Family Courtyard. More than 400 guests had the chance to mix and mingle at the Museum that evening and we were thrilled to welcome twenty new member households as a result of this new annual initiative.
Julie Crites (above, second from left) has recently joined the Museum of Fine Arts as the new development officer overseeing the Museum Council Program.
Did you know that a benefit of upper level Museum Council membership is travel opportunities with the MFA? We recently caught up with Museum Council Steering Committee member, Meg Miller who traveled to Miami Beach with the MFA for Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) in early December. Here's what Meg said about this year's trip:
LYNN SHEVORY While we all know that the MFA’s collection is an extraordinary resource that grows and evolves over time, what some of us might forget is that part of what makes the MFA’s collection so varied and strong are the donors who give works of art from their private collections to the Museum. Lynn is part of the three person team who manages those donations.
This fall we're thrilled to introduce three Museum Council members to you, click below to read more: Russell LaMontagne, gallerist and owner of LaMontagne Gallery Amy Gallant Sullivan, executive director of the non-profit TFOS Lynn Shevory, Development Officer for Gifts of Art, MFA
THREE QUESTIONS WITH ALLISON SMITH, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT, ANNUAL PROGRAMS Allison Smith recently joined the Annual Programs team in August 2013, Julie Crites sat down with her this fall to chat about museums, art, and working at the MFA. Julie Crites: So, Allison what brought you to the MFA?
I’m Richard Ormond, a great-nephew of the artist. I’ve spent most of my career in museums, latterly as director of the National Maritime Museum, London, Greenwich, London. And I grew up in a house surrounded by Sargents so I was always aware of the artist almost from a very young age. Turning to Reading: the beautiful young girl leaning back and looking out rather archly at us is the artist’s niece, Rose-Marie Ormond, who was a favorite model of his. In fact, she’s the inspiration for many of these Simplon pictures.