Last Monday, at 9:30 am, we installed the first painting,The Garden Parasol by Frederick Carl Frieseke, in its new home. I just had to share with you the excitement of this historic moment. The new gallery building is so beautiful. Quite often I go in to check progress and leave breathless. I am imagining the impact the new viewing experience will have on our visitors and their appreciation for the extraordinary works of art in our collection.
Outside incredible progress has happened in the last month, including installation of two new outdoor works of art (sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard and Roxy Paine). And in the coming weeks, the landscape will be transformed.
On a personal note, on October 1, I completed my fifteenth year as director. It has been a great privilege to lead the North Carolina Museum of Art through its growth in these dynamic years. None of our achievements would have been possible, however, without the support of the community, our members, and our volunteers. Likewise, the staff is doing a brilliant job organizing the arduous and time-consuming move which is being executed with great professionalism. I am proud of their creativity and commitment.
As we move forward, stay tuned for the most exciting things yet to come.