Dear friends of the Museum,
What a year it’s been! Many of us have dealt with loss, isolation, and anxiety, but there’s also been hope, learning, and unexpected silver linings. I’ve been inspired by the many new connections we’ve made across our community locally and nationally, and the outpouring of support we’ve felt from members of the Museum community.
That said, many challenges are still ahead, and much is unknown. Over the past months we’ve built pathways by presenting creative and experimental programs, both virtual and small-group, in-person formats. We’ll continue to be flexible and responsible, creating safe and transformative opportunities that offer us the connections that art brings, and a beacon of light when our communities need it most.
If you’ve given to our COVID-19 Relief Fund and Matching Challange I thank you. If you’ve not yet done so, I hope you’ll join us by contributing and help us chart the future through what will continue to be uncertain times.
In this shifting landscape, we’re delighted to present several new and extraordinary exhibitions in early 2021 to spark curiosity and conversation. Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art and Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens are the first to open; with a constellation of public programs developed for all ages, they’re sure to engage, inspire, and connect each of us in new ways.
In December 2020, I celebrated 25 years as part of your Museum and this community. I was surprised, and frankly totally overwhelmed, when my amazing colleagues, joined by so many of you, presented the Museum with a fabulous artwork in my honor. Ilya Bolotwosky’s Blue Circle (1950) is a remarkable addition to the Collection. This mid-century, abstract, colorful painting, coupled with the artist’s connection to Black Mountain College and our region, make it an amazing choice. Bolotowsky, known for his work with right angles, color, and straight lines, said of his circular works, “The Tondo, or the area of a circle, creates special problems and advantages.” His sentiment is most certainly apt for this moment in time.
Brighter days are up ahead, and we feel grateful to be on this journey with you.
Happy New Year,
Pamela L. Myers