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Katonah Museum of Art

We had a stunning year at the Katonah Museum of Art!

We celebrated the early 20th-century American Impressionists from California, we held enlightening conversations in clay with ten contemporary artists, and we investigated the fascinating artistic process of legendary artist Roy Lichtenstein. The breadth of art presented

from the historic to the contemporarydefines our institution and advances the Katonah Museums commitment to education and public programming. The KMA continues to make significant inroads with its education programs, specifically with the Hispanic outreach initiatives. The yearly attendance record for a single day was upheld during the 26th annual Young Artists exhibition, when nearly 850 visitors flowed through the front doors on opening day.

The Museum maintained a positive bottom line in fiscal year 2008/09 despite the nosedive of world financial markets and, consequently, the thinning of KMA funding streams. This is due to the support of our donors, who give both large and small, and who drive us to think bigger and create richer programs and exhibitions. Our balanced budget would not have been possible without the Museums dedicated Board of Trustees, Board of Overseers, our loyal volunteers and staff. We remain in your debt.

Neil WatsonExecutive Director

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Board of TrusteesVictoria F. Morris, PresidentCarole Alexander, Vice PresidentVirginia Gold, Vice PresidentRochelle C. Rosenberg, Vice PresidentSylvia Smolensky, SecretaryMaralyn Carr, TreasurerMary Lou AlpertCynthia R. BrennanLeslie CecilMelanie Rose-CohenAlexander CortesiRosalie DolmatchNisa GellerLaRuth Hackney GrayLeslie A. Jacobson, EmeritusEdith KatzBernard KormanPaul LlewellynKatherine C. Moore Linda NordbergJerry PinkneyYvonne S. PollackDyan RosenbergRebecca SambergWilliam Kelly SimpsonHelena Louise SokoloffLisbeth S. Stern

Board of OverseersMary Lou Beitzel, Co-ChairAlexia Jurschak, Co-ChairIra AlpertJanet BentonAmanda ByrneBarbara CervasioCandace DwanVirginia DwanAnthony B. EvninNicholas L. D. FirthRoslyn GoldsteinEllen GrimesJoseph HandelmanDonald J. HerdrichBetty HimmelLeslie A. JacobsonPaul JenkelRobert KeiterEdward W. KellyDr. Samuel KlagsbrunBonnie KleinLydia LandesbergLinda S. LevineDavid MooreStephen B. MorrisHelene MorrisonLeslie M. PollackNan PollockGabriel RosenfeldAlan P. SafirSally B. SakinRebecca SambergRon SchlossbergSusan B. ScofieldRobert StahmerDavid Swope

Museum StaffNeil Watson Executive DirectorMargaret Adasko Education CoordinatorLaura Bass Public Relations/Marketing AssistantRegina Dueno Development OfficerGail Bryan Public Programming CoordinatorAllison Chernow Director of DevelopmentRaymond Finney CustodianNancy Hitchcock RegistrarPatricia Keane Director of FinanceGail Keene Administrative AssistantGina Keir Director of Public Relations/MarketingEllen Keiter Curator of Contemporary ArtNaomi Leiseroff Learning Center Curator/ Graphic DesignerLiana Moss Visitor Services CoordinatorMaxwell Oppenheimer Gallery SupervisorBarbara Plechaty Volunteer Coordinator/ Building SupervisorJacqui Potente Membership CoordinatorKaren Stein Director of EducationRichard Thompson Gallery SupervisorNancy Wallach Director of Curatorial AffairsEllen Williams Education

Weekend StaffLiana MossAnthony DiFrosciaJeanne LemckeBev ElgarChristina MakrakisWill MoloneyJen DeMarcoAnna EmigRegina Dueno

Margaret Fox Event PhotographerMichael Prudhom Installation Designer

Learning Center Staff Michele DietzLorraine FedericoMark FreedmanDanielle FreudenheimAmanda Wilson

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Our Mission: The Katonah Museum of Art, through innovative exhibition and education programs, promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the arts for visitors of all ages. The Museum presents diverse exhibitions that explore ideas about art, culture, and society.

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Literary LunchThe tenth annual Literary Lunch featured David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, in conversation with Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News, about the political and global challenges facing America today (April 27, 2009).

Mother/Daughter Art TripsMulti-generations grandmothers, mothers, and daughters joined the KMAs inaugural year of Mother/Daughter art trips with tours at Dia: Beacon (November 23, 2008) and Storm King Art Center (May 17, 2009).

Lichtenstein Late NightUpper level Museum members were treated to a preview party before the public opening of Lichtenstein In Process (March 28, 2009).

Artfully DivineThe Winery at St. George, a historic church in Mohegan Lake, was the unique setting for the KMAs upscale cocktail party and art sale, featuring heavenly hors doeuvres from Table Local Market (May 28, 2009).

KMA TravelsA long weekend trip to Pittsburgh included visits to private collections as well as insider tours of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Mattress Factory. Travelers also journeyed to Frank Lloyd Wrights masterpieces Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob (May 14-17, 2009). Minneapolis proved to be a hot spot of contemporary art and architecture. KMA travelers visited world class museums, new major architectural landmarks, as well as private collections (October 23-26 2008).

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In the Beitzel and Righter GalleriesSummer proved the perfect time to showcase American Impressionist paintings from the early 20th century in the exhibition All Things Bright and Beautiful: California Impressionist Paintings from The Irvine Museum. The 60 paintings on view depicted lush summer gardens, tranquil picnic scenes, and sweeping views of the Sierra Mountains, as well as seascapes at Laguna Beach and Monterey. The stunning scenery was enhanced by the gallerys dark blue walls, evocative of sea and sky (July 13 October 5, 2008).

Conversations in Clay presented tableaux in clay by 10 artists who employed the ancient, earthen material to probe a wide range of contemporary issues. More than half of the installations were created specifically for the exhibition and responded to the site. Art was suspended in the atrium, displayed in the entryway, and hung from the ceilings; there was even a room in which visitors could walk on dry, compressed clay. Conversations in Clay was part of All Fired Up, a county-wide celebration of clay that included exhibitions, workshops, and lectures at more than 60 venues across Westchester (October 19, 2008 January 11, 2009).

The popular Tri-State Juried Exhibition, presented every three years at the Katonah Museum, kicked off 2009. Nan Rosenthal, formerly of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, juried the show, titled Contemporary Confrontations. Ms. Rosenthal selected 127 artworks from 786 submissions to assemble a dynamic and provocative exhibition of regional art (January 25 February 22, 2009).

Marking its 26th year, Young Artists 09 featured art by 441 seniors from 38 high schools throughout Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties. Also on view was Thinking Through Art, an exhibition of student work created during a year-long collaboration between the KMA and four area elementary schools. The two shows and their related programs have become an annual celebration of family, community, and childrens art (March 8 15, 2009).

Lichtenstein in Process presented 65 works on paper and board examining Roy Lichtensteins creative process and artistic evolution during the 1980s and 90s. The drawings, collages, and sketchbooks on view offered some of the best clues to the artists thoughts and working methods. The exhibition was a hit with the KMA audience, attracting nearly 11,000 visitors in three months (March 29 June 28, 2009).

Conversations in Clay is an exhibition where ancient meets postmodern in a bold and boisterous dialogue that is a joyful feast for the eyes. Catherine Gillet, The Record Review, November 28, 2008

Its hard to imagine anyone doing [All Things Bright and Beautiful] better than the Katonah Museum of Art Georgette Gouveia, The Journal News, July 18, 2008

Donna SchusterOn the Beach, c. 1917 Oil on canvas, 29 x 29 inchesThe Irvine Museum

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Conversations in Clay Installation view, Righter Gallery

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the four sculptures by Chakaia Booker in the garden at the Katonah Museum of Art provide the most stimulating experience of outdoor art in Westchester right now. Ben Genocchio, The New York Times, May 15, 2009

Lichtenstein in Process is a fascinating and engrossing show providing a rare glimpse of the pop artists private working methods and creative process. Ben Genocchio, The New York Times, April 19, 2009

In the Project GalleryTwo new artist series were introduced this year in the Project Gallery. Under the Radar, a series of solo artist exhibitions that showcase mid-to-late-career artists who have yet to receive sufficient attention from museums or galleries, debuted with the painter Leslie Lerner (July 13 October 5, 2008). In 2009, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudsons historic exploration of the waterway that bears his name, the KMA launched its Hudson River Trilogy, three one-person exhibitions that showcased contemporary artwork inspired by the river. The first artist, Nancy Cohen, used hand-made paper as a metaphor for the rivers shifting tides and salinity content (March 29 June 28, 2009).

In the Simpson Sculpture Garden & on the South LawnThe grounds outside the Katonah Museum continued to be enlivened by a changing roster of artists and artwork. Philip Grausman kicked off the summer season with two monumental figural sculptures, one on the south lawn, the other in the Sculpture Garden (July 13, 2008 March 17, 2009). In the fall, the Museum presented Bo Gehrings Monk Wall, a 160-foot-long sculpture of undulating Styrofoam painted a vivid yellow (October 19, 2008 April 12, 2009). Roy Lichtensteins Brushstroke Nude was a welcome addition to his prints and collages displayed in the galleries (March 29 October 4, 2009). And, throughout the year, visitors were captivated by Chakaia Bookers large rubber tire assemblages in the Sculpture Garden (May 2, 2009 March, 2010).

Installation view, south lawn, KMALeft: Bo Gehring, Monk WallRight: Philip Grausman, Susanna

Chakaia BookerGridlock (detail), 2008Rubber tire, two pieces: each 100 x 48 x 20 inchesCourtesy Marlborough Gallery, NY

Roy LichtensteinCollage for Still Life, 1973Tape, black marker, painted and printed paper on board, 35 5/8 x 24 1/2 inches Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Leslie LernerMy Life in France, The Lost Boy: A Snail, A Snare, 2000 Acrylic on board, 42 x 42 inchesCollection of Laura and Richard Jennings

Nancy CohenPerspectives on Salinity: River from Within (detail), 2009Handmade paper, wire, saltDimensions variableCourtesy of the artist

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Professional DevelopmentIn 2008/09, the Education Department presented six professional development programs for art and classroom teachers serving grades K-12. Programs ranged from single to multi-session workshops that introduced Museum resources, utilized the art in the galleries, and explored teaching strategies and activities that support learning standards in art, language arts, and social studies.

Thinking Along the Same Line In spring 2009, the KMA, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and the Jacob Burns Film Center presented an inspiring three-part program for teachers to explore the power of visual communication through art, picture-books, and animation. Developing Our College AudienceOur second year of collaborative programming with Westchester Community Collage (WCC) grew from one ESL class to four, involving 50 students from around the world. The two-part program began with an illustrated talk at WCC followed by a conversational tour of Lichtenstein in Process and Chakaia Booker.

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The Katonah Museums exceptional exhibitions and substantive education programs have resulted in another year of record-breaking attendance. During the 2008/09 school year, our dedicated docents led 6,800 students from Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield Counties through guided visits and hands-on learning activities. School visits invite lively discussion as children make connections between the art, their own lives, and the world around them. The growth of KMA visitation by both school and community-based organizations is the result of sustained, dedicated partnerships that have steadily grown over the past five years. The Education Department collaboratively plans, designs, administers, and facilitates the program. This includes pre- and post-visit materials that are designed to bridge and enhance learning both in the Museum and in the classroom.

Young Artists and Writers: Thinking Through Art. This programintegrating visual learning, language-arts, and social studiesexpands upon Museum visits with five additional classroom sessions led by the KMAs Writer-in-Residence. Now in its third year, participation has grown to 1,200 students in grades 3 through 7 from six area schools. The Education Department develops, implements, and evaluates these programs with teachers, librarians, and literacy specialists. In spring 2009, the Museum received an Empire State Partnership grant to help fund this important and growing initiative while the Literary Lunch raised $8,000 for the program.

KMA Bus Fund. Budget cutbacks and high fuel costs have limited visitation by many schools, with the disadvantaged districts suffering the most impact. This year the KMA Bus Fund gave 1,500 children the opportunity to visit the Museum and participate in its programs.

Docents. This year we welcomed 18 new docents to the ranks of our expertly-trained tour guides. Workin...

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