After twelve years of steering the Vero Beach Museum of Art through many positive changes, Director/CEO Dr. Lucinda H. Gedeon has announced plans to retire on November 1, 2016. However, Gedeon has agreed to stay on in her current role for as long as it takes for a successor to be appointed.
“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to lead this wonderful institution,” notes Gedeon, but “change is not only good it’s essential for an organization. I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my tenure here and have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with an incredible board, staff, faculty, and dedicated volunteers and our many generous members and supporters. With an upward trajectory over the past twelve years, I feel confident that the foundation for the future of the Museum is firmly in place.”
Board Chair Scott Alexander, commented, “Under Dr. Gedeon’s leadership the Vero Beach Museum of Art has developed into a regionally and nationally known institution. Its programs have grown in number and quality and its facility has expanded with the addition of a state-of-the-art exhibition and collection wing; new exhibition space, and two sculpture parks. Gedeon was responsible for bringing major exhibitions to Vero Beach as well as growing the Museum’s Collection with significant works of art. Under her tutelage, Education programs have expanded and the number of museum/community partnerships have flourished, including those with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Ballet Vero Beach, The Learning Alliance and the School District’s work on the Moonshot Moment, to name just a few. The Museum’s endowment has more than doubled during her tenure, and the Museum is in a much stronger position than ever before in its 30 year history. A national search for her replacement has been initiated and we will keep you informed of progress.”
Prior to her position in Vero Beach, covering a museum career spanning close to forty years, Dr. Gedeon served as Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, Associate Director and Chief Curator at Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, and Curator and Acting Director of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at UCLA. She holds a Masters and Doctoral Degree in Art History from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Long Beach State University. She and her husband, artist Francis Sprout, intend to remain in Vero Beach.