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The Frost Art Museum concluded 2017 with a rich array of offerings ranging from Lewis Hine’s poignant photographs of child laborers to an unprecedented examination of Rafael Soriano’s work from the mid 1950s to the late 1990s. We received gifts of art from new friends in the community, including rare photographs by Ruth Orkin, superb examples of Ibibo, Bakongo and Dogon/Bambara from Africa, and Pre-Columbian works from the Sinú region in northwestern Colombia. Prominent collectors Debra and Dennis Scholl chose the Frost as one of three museums (the others being the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Nevada Museum of Art) to donate 75 works from their collection of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art. And while our collection is rapidly growing, we have also invited scholars to assess areas in their realm of expertise; their discoveries have added to the excitement inherent in continuing to build this fine institution.

We continue to focus on community engagement addressing needs on campus and in the neighborhood of Sweetwater. Our galleries resound with the excited chatter of school children, teachers, and chaperones. We welcomed more than 500 students during the last academic year. We increased the number of visits from our neighboring Sweetwater Elementary School, strengthening our resolve to support an arts integrated curriculum. If I’ve been a bit reluctant about demonstrating my artistic skills (well, I can cook!) others have not, with repeat visitors to our drawing salons and artist workshops. Our free lectures and exhibitions for the First-Year Reading Program and MLK Commemorative Celebration provide multiple ways for our university students and community to engage with the museum. I’m also thrilled to see so many students studying and relaxing on our terrace while enjoying a cafecito from Vicky’s!

Many years ago, Steven and Dorothea Green generously provided funds for an endowment that continues to allow the museum to grow, thrive, and fulfill its mission to provide transformative art experiences. The Green Critic’s Lecture Series—founded 37 years ago—always fills the house with luminaries who have significantly shaped the art world. This past spring Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, the first African-American woman president of Spelman College and the former Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African Art, inspired us with the story of her life and career as an educator, scholar, and museum director.

Travel also provides transformative experiences, which is why the Frost will launch its first-ever travel program with Engaging Journeys. Come join us on a trip to Peru in fall 2018, with a renowned scholar study leader whose lectures will complement special presentations on contemporary and ancient Peru.

In 2018 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Frost Art Museum in its sleek and sophisticated building. We look forward to a year of events that celebrate this benchmark occasion, including a new installation of selections from the Frost collections in our third-floor galleries, which will embrace every era of history across the globe.

I continually find the museum to be a place of inspiration, as I hope it is for you. I deeply appreciate your support, which allows us to remain free and do our best work.

Jordana Pomeroy, Ph.D.

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