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Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART • 2009 ANNUAL REPORT The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, established in 1937, exists to provide a creative outlet for all in Augusta and the surrounding area who wish to explore the visual arts. BOARD OF TRUSTEES July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009 Officers Mr. David J. Hogg, Jr., Chair Mrs. Mickey Williford., Vice-Chair Mrs. Heather W. Howington, Treasurer Mrs. Cammie Frank Jones, Secretary Trustees Mr. David Clayton Carrad Mr. Karl F. Fornes Mrs. Mary K. Houston Mr. Harold V. Jones II Mr. Thomas N. Larsen Ms. Elizabeth K. Markwalter Mrs. Mary P. McDowell Mr. Thomas V. Nakashima Ms. Jennifer L. Onofrio Mr. George A. Sancken III Mrs. Christy Sanders Mr. Michael N. Searles Ms. Rosanne Stutts Mrs. Kathryn Walker Mrs. Emmie S. Ward Mrs. Lou Ann Zimmerman Advisory Board Mrs. Lynda Blanchard Mr. Patrick G. Blanchard Mr. Clayton P. Boardman III Mr. Jackson Cheatham Mr. Joseph W. Gambill Jr. Mr. James M. Hull Mr. J. Benjamin Kay III Mrs. Jane Kight Mrs. Lane Kimbrel Mr. Charles E. Knox II Mrs. George-Ann Knox Mrs. Elizabeth Macuch Mr. Finley H. Merry Ms. Pat Missar Mr. Donald S. Powers Mr. Quincy Robertson Mrs. Trisha Sasnett Mrs. Lucy Weigle
STAFF John T. Eckert, Preparator Dorothy F. Eckmann, Education Director Michelle Hagan, Outreach Education Specialist Laura Neff, Administrative Assistant Cynthia J. Rice, Administrative Manager Mary E. Steketee, Administrative Assistant THE YEAR IN REVIEW The Institute’s Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff have spent the past twelve months working diligently to fulfill its mission of commitment to art, education, outreach, and preservation. In a year filled with changes and challenges, we have positively impacted the lives of thousands of adults and children throughout our community—fostering the creative potential of our students, introducing gallery visitors to new and exciting examples of contemporary artwork, and sharing our beautiful historic facilities with visitors from across the United States and beyond. We know that these achievements would have been impossible without the support of the many individual and corporate donors, private foundations, and tireless
volunteers who have given so generously of their time and support, and gratefully acknowledge their role in our success. Exhibitions The Gertrude Herbert’s Main Gallery played host to five major exhibitions during FY 2009, featuring more than fifty contemporary artists working in a diverse range of styles and media. In September A Sense of Place 2008, the Institute’s 28th annual juried fine art competition, attracted entries from almost 300 artists representing every corner of the nation. The event also served as the Institute’s contribution to Augusta’s inaugural Westobou Festival, held September 18 – 28, 2008. At the exhibition’s opening reception juror Amanda Cooper of The Art Center, St. Petersburg selected three particularly outstanding entries from a pool of almost 1,000 works of art for receipt of cash merit awards, generously sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Augusta. In November and December the faculty of Augusta State University’s Art Department mounted its third semi-annual exhibition at the Institute. These gifted artists shared an inspiring body of work in media ranging from paintings and prints to photography and sculpture. The New Year opened with an exhibition of abstract and figurative paintings by noted Anglo-Irish artist John Kingerlee. Part of a three-year national tour, the collection represented the first important presentation of the artist’s work in the United States. Noted New York art critic Dominique Nahas visited the Institute in conjunction with the exhibition’s opening to host a gallery talk on Kingerlee and his oeuvre. Columbia, SC ceramicist Virginia Scotchie brought her work to Augusta in April. Combining simple organic shapes with colorful glazes and metallic finishes, Scotchie’s abstract sculptures break from the ordinary to become truly extraordinary. “Native” Commodity, a compelling and often ironic series of photographs by Wisconsin artist Tom Jones, brought the exhibition season to a close in June. A member of the state’s Ho-Chunk Indian tribe, Jones examines the use of Native American symbols in advertising and popular culture and the oftenstereotypical, commercialized image of the American Indian that has resulted. Rotating student exhibitions held throughout the year complemented the Institute’s educational mission, allowing aspiring artists to see their classroom efforts presented in a gallery setting. In addition to hosting regular displays of artwork created in its own studio and outreach classes, the Institute partnered with a number of other area schools, including Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, T.W. Josey High School, and Augusta State University, to exhibit works by their talented students. In February and March, the 30th annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition and Exhibition showcased award-winning artwork by over 70 area students in grades K-12 from through public, private, and home schools throughout the CSRA. In early 2009 the Gertrude Herbert began preparations for a new Community Artists’ Gallery on the third floor of Ware’s Folly, made possible through a generous grant from the Creel-Harison Foundation. Completed in June, the space will serve as a dedicated exhibition area for the CSRA’s resident artists, and will allow the Institute to better promote awareness of this gifted but often underrepresented sector of the visual arts community. Beginning in September 2009, the Community
Artists’ Gallery will mount a series of five solo exhibitions annually. In addition, a biannual group exhibition featuring each artist participating over the two previous years will be held in the Main Gallery, with the initial group show scheduled for November 2011.
Education As the CSRA’s oldest independent non-profit art school, the Institute remains a vital resource for visual arts education and appreciation throughout the CSRA and beyond. Over the course of the 2009 fiscal year adults and children of all ages participated in studio art classes and workshops, summer art camp, professional development opportunities, and outreach education programming. Our ever-expanding studio art curriculum introduced new courses in digital photography, raku ceramics, large-format printmaking, and other exciting learning options for students. The Institute’s 2008 Summer Art Camp saw record-breaking attendance, with 98% of all available seats filled throughout the six-week program. Campers ages 5-11 delighted in lessons that stirred their creativity and strengthened their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture. The Institute continues to serve as one of only two sites in the CSRA certified by both the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Department of Education to provide Professional Learning Units (PLUs) for Georgia teachers, allowing educators to advance their artistic knowledge and satisfy state-mandated continuing education requirements through participation in studio art classes. In conjunction with the Richmond County Board of Education the Institute also hosted a day of staff development workshops in October, providing training opportunities for art teachers in watermedia, ceramics, and basketry. The Gertrude Herbert’s award-winning ArtVentures and Artist-in-Residence outreach programs continued their tradition of service to the CSRA’s children during the 2008-2009 school year, bringing professionally taught visual arts classes to hundreds of underserved youngsters throughout Richmond County. Our Artist-inResidence program moved to Glenn Hills Elementary School this year, where Outreach Education Specialist Michelle Hagan offered weekly art classes to all fourth- and fifth-graders from August through May. Glenn Hills students visited the Institute in February, enjoying a tour of its galleries and participating in an exciting hands-on art activity. Through the ArtVentures program Hagan also provided afterschool art instruction to students at eleven elementary schools, working with children who have no other access to visual arts education. Exhibitions of work by youngsters in both outreach programs were mounted in the Institute’s student galleries in order to share their creative efforts with the community at large. Community Events The Institute’s third annual Artists’ Market and Festival was held in March. This free community event provided a host of opportunities for artists and art lovers of all ages and interests. A week-long exhibition and sale featured works by over thirty of the Institute’s talented member artists, and drew record crowds to its opening reception. Almost 200 visitors from throughout the CSRA flocked to the Institute for Saturday’s family festival, enjoying fun-filled art activities for children, demonstrations by area artists, delicious refreshments and more. Always seeking new opportunities to promote the visual arts and the Institute’s education, exhibition, and outreach programs to the community, faculty and staff also took part in several events hosted by various other arts and non-arts-based organizations. The Gertrude Herbert hosted information booths and activities at the Columbia County Columbus Day Festival, the Columbia County Spring Art in the
Park Festival, and the VA Medical Center Women’s Fair among others. In May the Institute opened its doors to attendees of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference, welcoming more than 150 guests to explore the extraordinary architecture and history of Ware’s Folly. Since its inception in 1937, the Gertrude Herbert has been a vital and respected part of Augusta’s cultural community. Our studio art classes, outreach programs, exhibitions, historic buildings and continued commitment to quality visual arts education have been shared by thousands of individuals, both young and old. We take great pride in the dedication and hard work of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff over the past twelve months, and in the many positive achievements that support our organization’s core mission. A partial listing of key activities follows. MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS JULY 1, 2008– JUNE 17, 2009 EDUCATION – over 1,000 students and visitors Studio Art Instruction Summer Art Camp 2008 –18 classes, 176 students registered Youth Classes and Workshops –17 classes, 114 students Adult Classes and Workshops –47 classes, 294 students Professional Learning Unit workshops – 3 workshops, 26 educators total Studio Class Scholarships – $490 to 14 students Tours and Field Trips Brenau University Glenn Hills Elementary School Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Harlem High School Junior League of Augusta Sustaining Members MCG Summer Camp Elementary School Architectural Walking Tours (2) Westminster Schools Pre-K Program OUTREACH –over 10,000 participants Artist-In-Residence at Glenn Hills Elementary School – provided approximately 125 fourth and fifth-graders with weekly interdisciplinary visual arts instruction ArtVentures – served 1,031 elementary school students at 11 sites Community Fairs and Festivals: Columbia County Columbus Day Festival Columbia County Spring Art in the Park Festival VA Medical Center Women’s Fair Freeman Schoolcraft Award – sponsored by the Institute and presented to an outstanding Augusta State University art student Georgia Governor’s Honors Program – served as selection site for exhibition entries In-kind Donations by the Institute in support of local schools and community organizations: American Cancer Society Aquinas High School Lake Forest Hills Elementary School
Our Lady of Peace School River Ridge Elementary School Safe Homes of Augusta
Spring Artists’ Market and Festival 2009 32 local artists exhibiting 354 festival attendees and gallery visitors Women on Paper – provided studio space to local artists’ group (10 visits to paint on site) EXHIBITIONS Main Gallery – 6 Gallery Talks – 3 A Sense of Place 2008: National Juried Fine Art Competition and Exhibition Augusta State University Art Department Faculty Exhibition John Kingerlee: Recent Works Third Annual Spring Artists’ Market Virginia Scotchie: Ceramic Abstractions Tom Jones: “Native” Commodity Student Gallery – 15 30th Annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition Art, Architecture and You ArtVentures Exhibition Artist-in-Residence Showcase: Glenn Hills Elementary School ASU Senior Exit Show: Vanessa Baladad and Janice Flores ASU Senior Exit Show: Charles Roland Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School Senior Exit Exhibition Gertrude Herbert Faculty Exhibition Gertrude Herbert Student Exhibition (2) Melanie Miller Longshore T.W. Josey High School Ware’s Folly: An Architectural Perspective Watercolor Pencil Creations Abigail Wood Zwanziger: The Death Series FINANCIAL Operating The Gertrude Herbert received over $106,000 in gifts from private foundations, including a generous unrestricted gift from the Knox Foundation and almost $43,000 from the Herbert Trust. Designated support included grants from the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dorothy M. Buttolph Foundation, the Creel-Harison Foundation, the Porter Fleming Foundation, the Cleon W. Mauldin Foundation, and Target. Additional unrestricted gifts were received from the Agnes S. and Victor Markwalter Foundation, the Metro Spirit, Mercedes-Benz of Augusta, and Bi-Lo Corporation. Government support for general operating expenses was provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts and by the Greater Augusta Arts Council through appropriations from the City of Augusta. The Institute’s annual fall fundraising event Oysters on Telfair garnered almost $21,000 in income for the organization. Almost 200 individual and corporate patrons were treated to a delicious dinner by the French Market Grille, entertainment by the Crosstie Walkers and a silent art auction featuring works by 37 local artists and a raffle for an Augusta dining package and other prizes.
Membership As of June 15, 2009, the Institute had $19,168 in individual membership revenue with 346 membership units. During FY 2009, more than 20 businesses held memberships in our CEOs for Art program. Monetary and in-kind gifts valued approximately $30,000 were received from the following corporate partners: CEO Leader Hampton Inn, Augusta Morgan Keegan Phoenix Printing CEO Benefactor Georgia Bank and Trust Green Expectations Rex Property and Construction Management CEO Patron First Bank of Georgia Georgia Power Company Queensborough National Bank and Trust Co. SunTrust Bank, Augusta CEO Partner A. B. Beverage Co., Inc. MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS • Created a new rack card for dissemination to visitor information centers, hotels, and other tourist destinations • Distributed four catalogues and numerous brochures, flyers and postcards throughout the greater Augusta community announcing classes and exhibitions • Regularly distributed press releases and events calendars, generating articles about the educational programs, workshops and exhibitions • Purchased display ads locally announcing the 2008 Sense of Place Juried Fine Art Exhibition, the Spring Artists’ Market and Festival, and the 2009 Summer Camp series • Purchased display ad in Southern Living promoting the Institute as a heritage tourism destination • Featured in Comcast “Best of the Best” television spot • WRDW News 12 served as our media sponsor for Oysters on Telfair. STUDENT FEEDBACK “Both of my kids are attending for their second summer and enjoy it very much again. We have just added the fourth week because they want MORE! Thanks for running such an educational and entertaining camp! – Parent of Summer Art Camp students “We were so pleased with the instructor and the class.” – Parent of youth ceramics student “This was a lovely and enlightening experience.” – Adult ceramics student Augusta Capital, LLC Club Car Coleman Associates Elanco Olin Corporation RiverNorth Subdivision Sanford, Bruker & Banks, Inc. Shaw Industries Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning Wachovia Securities Exhibition Sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Augusta Sponsor for A Sense of Place 2008 Red Door Designs Exhibition Invitation Designs Media Sponsor WRDW New 12 – My 12 Augusta
“One of the nicest instructors I’ve ever had. She wanted us to learn and enjoy her course, and communicated that in each lesson.” – Adult drawing student “I love taking classes at GHIA; it is a joy and a pleasure! It has really helped keep me in the arts. I have continued to “create”, which is my goal, so thank you!” – Adult photography student “This was absolutely the best course I’ve ever taken at the Institute. [The instructor] was prepared, started on time, built great relationships, and demonstrated excellence.” – Adult drawing student FISCAL YEAR 2009- 2010 MAJOR INITIATIVES The following goals identify areas of greatest priority as we approach our 73rd fiscal year of providing a creative outlet for all in the greater Augusta area who wish to explore the visual arts. Goal 1: To expand community support and participation in educational, instructional and recreational programs. Objective 1: To increase participation of local school children in educational and instructional art programs. Strategies a. Continue day, evening and Saturday classes with consideration to suggestions made on class evaluations b. Schedule tours through communication with the public, private schools, and home school groups c. Continue to host youth exhibitions including the Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition d. Continue to offer Artist-In-Residence and ArtVentures programs in Richmond County Objective 2: To increase participation of area residents in educational, instructional and recreational art programs Strategies a. Continue to present high quality contemporary exhibitions of emerging to mid-career artists in the Main Gallery of Ware’s Folly b. Continue day, evening and Saturday classes with consideration to suggestions made on class evaluations c. Improve community awareness of the Institute’s purpose and programs by revising the marketing and public relations plan d. Build upon website design to improve communication with the Institute’s visitors and clients e. Continue and expand collaborations with community organizations f. Continue and expand programming associated with the Spring Artists’ Market and Festival g. Continue to offer and expand the Professional Learning Unit portfolio for educators in the Central Savannah River Area h. Promote Ware’s Folly as a heritage tourism destination i. Continue to develop Community Artists’ Gallery program Goal 2: To seek major financial funding to support education programming and facility maintenance
Objective: Raise funding to continue programs and to provide for necessary maintenance of historic buildings Strategies a. Strengthen Membership: Increase corporate and individual membership revenue by 25% through the development of membership events, retention of current members and Board drives. b. Special Event: Raise $29,000 through annual fall fundraiser c. Studio Scholarships: Identify sponsor for the 2009-2010 scholarship fund in the amount of $500 d. Contact ten regional and national foundations for operating and program support e. Identify Main Gallery Exhibition and Event sponsors Goal 3: To develop a three – five year Strategic Plan Objective: Develop short and long-term objectives in accordance with the Institute’s mission. Strategies a. Assessment of all current projects and programs b. Assessment of current internal operations c. Create an outline of future programs
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