Chairman of the Board of Trustees, James B. Lockhart III, led the Bruce Museum’s Annual Meeting and, together with General Manager, Robert Wolterstorff, reported on the exciting progress of the New Bruce construction program and the remarkable progress since the closing ceremony last June.
Having raised over 90% of the required funding, only $5 million remains to be raised. Although the campaign for the New Bruce is coming to an end, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Over the past year, the Museum has hired an art curator, Margarita Karasoulas, who is planning the launch of the art gallery’s new permanent spaces, as well as the spring 2023 opening exhibition in the gallery. changing art, Lois Dodd: Natural Order.
In November 2021, Curator of Science Daniel Ksepka unveiled the new permanent science galleries, Natural Cycles Shape Our Land, and plans Penguins! as the first exhibition in the large gallery dedicated to rotating scientific exhibitions. Mr. Wolterstorff reported on the collection’s acquisition highlights for the year, including the two major bequest announcements totaling more than 70 significant paintings, drawings and sculptures. Items donated to the collection include a portfolio of nine prints by Stanley William Hayter, a large group of 30 original Modern Art posters, 60 works consisting of mostly original paintings for the annual Federal Duck Stamp program, a large and important group of works by Inuit artists and an extraordinary Early Jurassic dinosaur track collected here in Connecticut.
The Museum’s revenue for June’s fiscal year 2022 will be approximately 20% above budget, largely due to the Museum’s extremely successful May Gala, which attracted 430 attendees. Both leaders expressed their gratitude and praise for the hard-working volunteers, leaders and staff of the Museum.
New directors joining the board are Stephen Corman, Michael A. Kovner, Nisha Kumar, Angela Timashev and Jacqueline Adler Walker.
The winners of the annual awards for fiscal year 2022 were Employee of the Year: Suzanne Lio, Managing Director/COO, and Anne von Stuelpnagel, Director of Exhibitions and Jillian Aufderheide, Director’s Award recipient. Simone McEntire and Susan Mahoney shared the Chairman’s Award.
The Bruce Museum Board of Trustees elected James B. Lockhart III and William Deutsch co-chairs. Joining them on the Executive Committee are Vice Presidents Simone McEntire and Heidi Brake Smith; Treasurer Patricia W. Chadwick; Assistant Treasurer Rebecca A. Gillan; secretary Ellen A. Flanagan; and members-at-large Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., Susan E. Lynch and Charles M. Royce. Susan E. Lynch and Charles M. Royce were also elected Honorary Co-Chairs of the Board.
Biographies of new directors
Stephen Corman, a former IBM executive, has dedicated his retirement to health-related causes. He has helped found and served on the boards of several national prostate cancer organizations. He served as Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society and received its Courage Award. Steve is a member of the Connecticut Health Advocacy Forum and the Connecticut Cancer Partnership. He directs the Prostate Cancer Education Forum at Greenwich Hospital, where he also volunteers in oncology. He founded the Stephen and Betsy Corman Palliative Care Center and the Stephen Corman Prostate Cancer Early Detection Initiative at Greenwich Hospital. Other local organizations that have benefited from her tutelage include Sacred Heart University (WSHU), My Friend Abby, Stamford’s Ferguson Library and the Westport Country Playhouse.
Michael A. Kovner is currently Vice President/Director at Brown Harris Stevens in New York. Mr. Kovner’s board service includes the Jay Heritage Center (Rye, NY); his Pawling, NY, alma mater, Trinity-Pawling School; the Nantucket Preservation Trust; and the Greenwich Historical Society. Michael and her husband, Jean, are long-time supporters of the Bruce Museum, underwriting and chairing fundraising events and exhibition honor committees. Michael sits on the Bruce Museum Development Committee.
Nisha Kumar Behringer is a strategic and shareholder-focused CFO, independent director, and M&A director. In 2007, Ms. Kumar was featured in Dealmaker magazine as a woman breaking the glass ceiling in mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Kumar Behringer is an administrator at Brunswick School and has chaired its Diversity, Audit and Finance Committees. She is a past president and trustee of Putnam Indian Field School and an active all-around volunteer for Harvard. Nisha received the YWCA of Greenwich BRAVA Award and the Albert H. Gordon Class of 1923 award from the Harvard College Fund in 2017. She currently serves on the investment committee of the Bruce Museum.
Angela Timashev is an avid art collector. She thrives in creative environments and supports artists and art institutions around the world. Angela has maintained a global philanthropic presence throughout her adult life, actively participating in local, regional and global initiatives including Art Basel Switzerland, Venice Biennale and Miami Art Basel. Angela attended Moscow State Medical and Dentistry University and Ohio State University. She was elected by the Bruce Museum Board of Trustees to the Class of 2022 as a midterm appointment to fill a vacant seat. She will begin her own first term in the Class of 2025.
Jacqueline AdlerWalker is the Past Chairman of the Board of ArtsWestchester and currently serves on their Executive, Investment and Arts Awards Committees. She and her husband Arthur received the ArtsWestchester 2010 Arts Patron Award. A former member of the Executive Committee of the Neuberger Museum Board of Trustees, she is now part of their Advisory Committee. She has also served on the board of Scarsdale Adult School and currently sits on its advisory board. A member of Bruce’s Museum Council, Jacqueline has served on governance and collections committees and co-chaired several honorary committees supporting exhibitions.