As my first anniversary at Mystic Museum of Art recently came and went, I’ve been reflecting on our growth and where we are heading. Our name change was a major step to start this year off, as it is a more accurate reflection of what our organization does for the greater community. One example of this was the Drawn from a Private Collection: Works on Paper from 1880–2009 exhibition, which opened in January in our newly renovated Liebig Gallery with works by American masters such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence and Kara Walker, on view for the first time in the organization’s history.
Mystic Museum of Art was founded by Charles H. Davis in 1913 to be a gathering space for artists in a museum setting. As our strategic plan outlines, many of the founding principles will still be effective going forward: planning exhibitions of regional artists; organizing curated special exhibitions with nationally prominent artists that add to the scholarly discourse; growing our endowment to ensure organizational long-term financial stability, and continuing to upgrade our facilities and maintaining free admission to all.
As we have in the past, we are asking for your participation in our mid-year annual fund drive that will assist us to fulfill our plans, and become an even greater community asset to the region. I look forward to seeing you in the galleries and thank you for your continuing generosity.
George G. King