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Important Cummer Museum Update




A special announcement from the Chair of the Board of Trustees Ryan A. Schwartz and Director Hope McMath:

We are writing to you today as a member of the Cummer Museum family, to give you an update on the Museum’s future plans that continue to build on the recent expansion of community outreach, accessibility for all, quality public programming, and campus improvements.

This exciting plan includes the creation of a Garden Greenhouse and Learning Center, the renovation of Art Connections, the creation of additional galleries, and development of several dedicated staffing, program, maintenance and campus endowments to ensure long-term sustainability. As part of this vision, the former Woman’s Club building, located at the south end of the campus, was intended to be the place where public programming and events would take place, providing a center for arts and cultural initiatives for the entire community.

However, we are deeply disappointed to report that the Woman’s Club building has fallen victim to a major infestation of Formosan termites, which are a super-species pest that has been reported in other parts of Florida and now has been identified in infestations here in Jacksonville.

After working for months to consult with experts in the fields of both science and construction-related disciplines, and with careful consideration, the Board of Trustees passed a motion stating that the Board has “deemed the building formerly known as the Woman’s Club unsuitable for future utilization due to an infestation of wood-destroying Formosan termites. The treatment for such infestation has been determined to be unprecedented, unreliable, and cost-prohibitive, and therefore not in the best interest of creating and maintaining long-term, sustainable assets for the institution.”

However, a team will begin working immediately on the design of and fundraising for a new building, which will be able to advance the Museum’s goals and further its mission of engaging and inspiring through arts, gardens and education.

Many of our major donors to the original Woman’s Club project immediately embraced the idea of a new building once they realized the existing building could not be saved, and several donors have also come forward with additional pledges of support.

We look forward to seeing you in the Museum soon and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the growing excitement over the prospect of a more beautiful, more artful, more accessible, more activated, and more sustainable Cummer Museum.

Many thanks, as always, for your continued interest and ongoing support.

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Junior Docent Exhibition: An Odyssey



Written by: Museum Educator Karl Boecklen

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The 2015-2016 Junior Docents are putting the finishing touches on their 2016 exhibition. Individually charged with illustrating a scene from a favorite book, short story, or poem, they have collectively designed and installed their Photo 7vision, “An Odyssey”.

This is what they have to say about their showing:

An Odyssey is a long, wandering voyage, in which the hero changes with the challenges they face. These sketches were derived from scenes from literature and they are arranged to represent a story arc. The exhibit begins with pieces that represent the beginning of a journey, either physical or spiritual, then the exhibit transitions to pieces that portray chaos, characterized by an obstacle or a spiritual quest for the hero. The exhibit concludes with the resolution of this conflict with the world that it creates.Photo 4

The exhibition will be open to the public in the Art Connections Round Room Gallery from April 20th to April 24th. At that time, our Very Special Arts exhibition will be put in place for the month of May. The Junior Docent’s, “An Odyssey”, will return again starting June 1st and will remain throughout the summer months.

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Celebrating Shakespeare!




Rockwell Kent American 1882 – 1971 “– and let me rest.” from A Midsummer- Night’s Dream 1936 Ink on wove paper Gift of Cheryl S. Cummer AG.2012.9.13

On Saturday April 23rd, in honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and the Museum’s recently acquired works, Rockwell Kent: The Shakespeare Portfolio join us for a day of Celebrating Shakespeare. Enjoy live performances, curated by Barbara Colaciello, and music inspired by the work and times of Shakespeare from Shawn Lightfoot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come be enchanted by the bard’s brilliant writing — recited, rendered, rapped throughout the day in the Gardens. You might lend an ear to Marc Antony, discover Trickster Puck behind a tree, witness a distraught Helena wear her heart on her sleeve, and come upon a hip hop artist weaving words and phrases Shakespeare coined. Events will be held throughout the Museum’s Gardens.

Vignettes are scheduled throughout the Gardens with the following talented actors:
Derek Coghlan
Katherine Herndon
Joshua Taylor
Mal Jones
Matthew Colaciello

This event is free with paid Museum admission. In the case of inclement weather, performances and music will be moved indoors.

Check out our Facebook event page for more details.

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The Final Weekend: Archipenko



archi_1Archipenko: A Modern Legacy has been wonderful exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. These works allowed for rich programming and wonderful school tour curriculum from the Education Department. If you have not made your way to the Museum to view one of the most comprehensive collections of the works of Alexander Archipenko, make a point to visit the Museum this weekend. The last day of the show will be this Sunday, April 17th.

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Docent Highlight: Sherry Brown




Written by: Sherry Brown

Three years ago when struggling for ways to fill my retirement hours, I took a painting class with Allison Watson at Reddi Arts. My table partner was a witty and friendly blonde, Stephanie Welchans. After she quizzed me about my 39 years of contributions in public education, most recently as an elementary principal in Duval County, she decided I could walk and talk at the same time and invited me to be part of the Cummer docent corp! After a grueling phone interview with Betsy Towers and a year of art lessons, I began docent_sherrytours on my own two and a half years ago. The weekly experiences allow me a new set of friends, continual learning and my kid and teacher fixes in a whole new perspective.

I enjoy changing exhibits, smart interactions with other docents and giving back to community through volunteering. Rogers’ sculpture, Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, is my favorite Cummer piece. She speaks to me and tells me secrets from Roman times that help me better understand art forms today. My thinking and appreciation for art has increase gigantically since being invited to grow and learn at the museum.

When not dashing through the gardens and galleries,I enjoy acrylic painting, walking, volunteering for other community organizations, taking classes through UNF, travel and reading. My husband John and I reside between homes in southwest Virginia and Jacksonville. I am being trained to docent at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Virginia and carry all I have learned from my Cummer colleagues with me.

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Cummer Ball 2015-0784

The Museum is buzzing with energy around this year’s Cummer Ball, this Saturday, April 9th. Even though tickets for the all night event are sold out, you can still get in on the party! Purchase an After-Dinner Ticket here and arrive at 9:30 to enjoy dancing with The Jimmy Church Band, an open bar, and a late night snack. We hope you’ll join us for the Museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year! It’s events like these that help support the mission of “Engaging and inspiring through  arts, gardens and education.”

The Museum will be closed for event set up from Thursday, April 7th through April 12th at 4 p.m. for Florida Blue Free Tuesday.

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