June 2019

President’s Letter

As Katie Remole ends her two-year presidency of the Friends, she reflects on all the wonderful ways the Friends have helped Mia thrive and grow.

Katie Remole, Friends of the Institute President

As my term as Friends president comes to a close, I want to let everyone in our organization know how the vibrancy and commitment of Friends members continues to astound me.  Meeting and working with so many talented and dedicated members who share a passion for Mia has been an incredible experience.

This past year has seen our Board and Executive Committee, Art in Bloom co-chairs and office staff work together to support, enhance and sustain the collections and programs of Mia.  Here are some highlights.

My job would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the executive committee.  First Vice President Maria Eggemeyer, always ready to tackle new projects; Second Vice-President Julie Holland, a great support and confidant to me who lead Research and Planning through many needed improvements; Secretary Fran Megarry besides taking wonderful notes during our meetings, had a wealth of institutional knowledge to share; Treasurer Molly Van Metre did a huge and important job updating our bookkeeping and in simple language explained the complexity of our monthly finances and Carol Stoddart who took the reins of Development and more closely melded our efforts with Mia’s office of philanthropy.

Eugene Delacroix’s masterpiece Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums now hangs in the galleries, Friends’ gift to Mia in commemoration of our 100th anniversary in 2022.  Within two years we are over 75% toward fulfilling our commitment to the museum.  This acquisition nicely punctuates the power of Friends working together to further our mission.

Art in Bloom 2019 was a splendid event thanks to our Art in Bloom co-chairs Barb Champ and Kris King.  Many thanks also to the Art in Bloom committees, all the volunteers who donated thousands of hours before and during the event, and Mia leadership and staff. There were 165 pedestal floral artists and 20 commercial florists who transformed Mia into a flower filled festival that brought in nearly 50,000 people during our four-day event. And this, despite an April blizzard on opening day!

Each year we work hard to enhance our endowed Transportation Fund through our Buy-A-Bus campaign.  Our Transportation co-chairs, Mary Meuwissen and Laura Miller coordinated 164 buses filled with more than 8,000 school children to Mia for a docent or art adventure led tour.  We can be proud of the numbers of lives we touch with this program, exposing young minds to our world-class collection at Mia.

Lecture co-chairs, Liz Short and Helen Leslie and their hard-working committee continued the tradition of providing exceptional lectures, free to the public, September through May. The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund generously supported two of these lectures.  Speakers this year were diverse as always and ranged from a White House photographer to a local art critic, a nationally recognized Native American potter and poet to an international historian on book forgeries. Our year concluded with Lonnie Bunch, the founding and current director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

The Hospitality co-chairs, Arna Yetter and Carol Poulson planned and executed luncheons after four of our lectures and under their guidance and creativity, attendance climbed significantly with each luncheon.

Our Newsletter co-chairs Sharon Secor and Laurie Fontaine-Junker continue to publish an informative and interesting Friends Newsletter  This year we started publishing our Newsletter on our web page. Laurie also updated our web page to make it easy to navigate and fun to click around to learn all about the Friends information.

Our Friends Only Events fill up quickly and this year was not an exception.  Under the able direction of Michele Byfield-Angel, we offered five very interesting and well received Friends Only tours, including curator led tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions.  Jeanne Scheiderer led our book club, which changed its location to the beautiful Mia library for book discussions and coffee, followed by a docent led tours.

Due to the very capable leadership abilities of Linda Boelter and her hardworking Centennial committee the planning for our 100th anniversary celebration in 2022 is well underway.

Barb Edin and the History committee made great strides this year in organizing and cataloging Friends history. This is ever more important as we gear up for our 100th anniversary.

Under the tutelage of membership co-chairs Teresa Luterbach and Boyd Ratchye, our renewal reminders are back on schedule and the membership climbing numbers show their efforts are working.

Our annual Art and Architecture tour stayed local this year and sold out within days of being offered. Barbara Proeschel planned a very interesting tour on June 6, of mid-century modernism in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Look forward to seeing photographs in the next Newsletter.

Volunteer Services chair, Sue Stillman is ever ready to call on her faithful list of Friends members whenever we need volunteers to step up and help.

Fundraising co-chairs, Beverly Hauschild-Baron and JeanMarie Burtness planned what promised to be a wonderful event, but had to be deferred due to apocalyptic weather that shut down Minneapolis, a city that prides itself on braving blizzards. They have already re-scheduled the event for Fall 2019.

The Outreach Committee, under the direction of Nancy McRae and Kris Bjorklund continued its program with members training to be Picture People for the Art Adventure program. Friends volunteers went into elementary school classrooms as Picture People and chaperoned the students at Mia for their guided tour. This program has been enjoyed by our Friends volunteers and the students who enjoy learning about the art in their classrooms and coming to Mia for an Art Adventure tour.

Maria Reamer and Therese Blaine and their Plants and Flowers committee put together an outstanding seasonal display this winter, enjoyed by all Mia’s guests.

The Friends board next year promises to be outstanding thanks to the nominating committee well run by Connie Sommers.

The very capable liaisons Chris Vickery and Melissa Semrad respectively, worked with Rochester president Sharon Parham and St. Cloud president Amanda Falloon. We are fortunate to have strong Friend’s affiliate networks for their important community leadership on our behalf.

I would like to thank my advisors, Linda Bolter, Carolyn Dahl, Mary Olson and Joan Kampmeyer, and also Sheila Morgan and Katie Searl from my first year. Thank you for your support, friendship, and advice during my presidency. Your wisdom, perspective, and insight helped me immensely with the sometimes tough decisions that come with this office.

All of this could not happen without the solid support of our Friends Operations Manager, Jackie Figueroa. Also, we were fortunate to have two very capable Project Assistants, Kimberly Peterson and Lizzie Ginsberg, help leading up to Art in Bloom. Their contributions helped Friends put together a very smooth and well-run Art in Bloom 2019.

The Friends are privileged to work with the very helpful and dedicated Mia staff and administration. I particularly want to thank Julianne Amendola, Mia’s Chief Advancement Officer and Kaywin Feldman, the former Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of Mia. Their support, along with that of the curators and support staff, provided the framework that allowed Friends to deliver on our mission.

In July, Maria Eggemeyer will begin her two-year term as president of Friends of the Institute.  I know Maria will be an exceptional Friends president.

As we near our 100th anniversary, the Friends remain a strong and vibrant organization–important in the many ways we support Mia.  It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve as your president. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you in the galleries of Mia.

A Baby Shower!

Please join us as we celebrate mom-to-be Nicole Berns, our former Friends Office Manager!

Jacob Epstein, Female Figure, 1913, flenite, Gift of Samuel Maslon, Charles H. Bell, Francis D. Butler, John Cowles, Bruce B. Dayton and an Anonymous Donor

Open House at The Friends Office Tuesday, June 25, 12:30 – 2PM

 

Kindly RSVP to Friends at friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3245 by Friday, June 21, 2019.

 

Gifts optional:

Nicole is registered at Target, and online at Amazon (link here).

Hearts of Our People Tour offered August 8 for Friends

August 8, 2019 10:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

General Mills Lobby

Ticket Price: $20; Tour: Free

This Friends Only tour of Hearts of Our People will have limited space, so sign up early!

Don’t miss the chance to tour Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, with Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Associate Curator of Native American Art at Mia.

This spectacular and meaningful exhibition of North American Native American women artists will be at Mia for a very limited time—from June 2 until August 18—before traveling to three other  museums. It has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue Magazine and other national publications.

Hearts of Our People has been in the works since November 2014, when an advisory board was formed from Native American women artists and Native-art scholars. This collaboration brought about a truly significant exhibition that  spans 115 artists and over 1,000 years. Co-curated by Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves, it is a first in highlighting only women artists, unquestionably recognized as the vital and creative source of art in the Native American communities of North America.

This Friends Only tour of Hearts of Our People is limited to 20 Friends members. It is free, but by reservation only; reserve your spot by contacting the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or  friends@artsmia.org. Exhibition tickets are required and may be purchased online, by phone (612.870.6323), or at the Third Avenue desk.

Meeting in the lobby across from the Store at Mia, the tour will begin promptly at 10AM. We welcome you in the Friends Office after the tour for treats and conversation.

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

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Save the Date for The Bell at Mia

Mark your calendar for this special event on November 7!

Courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.

 

Please mark your calendars for a very special event! After being snowed out last winter, we are happy to announce the rescheduling of The Bell at Mia. In this fundraiser for the Friends, learn about the exciting new Bell Museum, Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium. Meet Director Denise Young, architect David Dimond of Perkins + Will, and Trustee and philanthropist Ford Bell, whose family has been instrumental in supporting both the Bell and Mia.

The evening will feature docent-led tours before or after you socialize with friends over wine and appetizers.  Don’t miss this fabulous fall event supporting the Friends of the Institute, Thursday evening, November 7.  Look for more information in the summer newsletter.

 

The Art of Power Returns in the Fall!

Look for the return of the popular Art of Power series this fall!

The Friends continue our popular series this fall with an important and intriguing presentation: The Art of Power/The Power of Women in Art. Women curators will focus on women artists and the acquisition of their art works. You’ll find more information in the summer newsletter.

Previous Art of Power events included: The Power of Art with Weisman Director Lyndel King; The Power of Sacred Art with The Basilica of Saint Mary, Director of Sacred Arts Johan van Parys; The Power of History with St. John’s professor Annette Atkins; The Power of Ink with Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman, historian of the art of tattoo.

We’re excited to continue this unique and powerful tradition.

Art in Bloom 2019: A Message of Thanks

All the follow-up news from Art in Bloom 2019 Co-Chairs Kris King and Barb Champ on a very successful Art in Bloom!

Art in Bloom 2019 Co-Chairs Barb Champ and Kris King

 Another successful Art in Bloom, another successful year of preparation, and most importantly another year filled with the many, many people who contributed to our success.  It is our pleasure and privilege to attempt to thank everyone for their amazing efforts, and to highlight some of our accomplishments. It takes a village, and in this case a very large village, to create this amazing spring floral event.

First and foremost, a well deserved thank you for the many Art in Bloom committee members who worked tirelessly to make sure our thousands of guests were amazed and thrilled by every detail of Art in Bloom. Producing a fundraiser of this magnitude takes a dedicated, talented, and amazing team of people who volunteer their time and efforts, attend many meetings, and succeed in producing an Art in Bloom that flows seamlessly.

Equally important, and incredibly essential, is the partnership of the Friends of the Institute and Art in Bloom with the Mia staff.  We dream and they fulfill our dreams; we ask questions and push boundaries and they always provide us with guidance and support. Their attention to details is meticulous. And their enthusiasm for Art in Bloom before and during the event inspires the Art in Bloom team and our guests.

What would Art in Bloom be without the “blooms”? Congratulations and thanks to all of the amazing Pedestal Floral Artists and Commercial Florists who dedicate their time, efforts, and boundless numbers of flowers to be sure Art in Bloom is our community’s ode to spring year after year. Their enthusiasm and talent in creating floral interpretations throughout the museum, and providing the magic of installations that delight and inspire while showcasing the stunning art of Mia.

A special thank you to all of our sponsors, with a special mention of Bachman’s, our lead sponsor this year and a part of Art in Bloom for many years. We welcome our new sponsors, and cherish those who have contributed to Art in Bloom regularly. They are such a large part of our successful fundraising.

Art in Bloom would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who sold programs, greeted people, worked events as ushers and ticket takers, and did whatever was asked of them every hour of every day. Thank you for your endless enthusiasm, brilliant smiles and willingness to act as our Art in Bloom ambassadors. We couldn’t do this without you.

A few notes about Art in Bloom 2019:

  • Even an April blizzard didn’t dampen the spirits of our team and the thousands of smiling and appreciative guests who came to experience Art in Bloom, where it is always “spring” inside.  We had record attendance Saturday and Sunday, making up for Thursday’s snow day, and icy roads for Wednesday night’s Preview Party. The numbers may have been less than expected, but the hardy people who did show up had a great time!

 

  • Thursday morning’s lecture by Joseph Massie was sold out, but many people weren’t able to attend so we filled the auditorium with our hardy (foolhardy?) guests and everyone had a fun and interactive experience.  Joseph is not only one of Europe’s top botanical artists and five-time gold medal winner of the Royal Horticulture Society Chelsea Flower Show—but also an accomplished comedian who charmed the crowd! His Floral Master Class was filled to overflowing, and the resulting arrangements were stunning.

 

  • Bachman’s Flowers After Hours was, as always, a wonderful evening of fun and flowers. And the floral couture presentations, emceed by Jason DeRucha of WCCO and Karen Bachman Thull of Bachman’s were as wonderful as ever—if you haven’t seen this, you are missing an evening of fun and laughs as the models parade by in outfits made of flowers.

 

  • Friday’s Fashion Show and Formal Luncheon once again hit the ball out of the park. This year the Fashion Show strolled through the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries; imagine models strutting through the galleries filled with amazing works of art!  A big thanks to the Galleria, and to producer Grant Whitaker, for another stunning event that has become a “must-see” each year at Art in Bloom.

 

  • Other notable events included four Mixology Workshops sponsored by Norseman Distillery that were a great success; and floral workshops by our own Jenn Hovland that filled to capacity, with attendees learning how to make an Orchid Kodedama (look that one up!).  New on Friday night were pop-up dance performances by the MN Dance Collaborative.

 

  • Sunday’s Art in Bloom Family Event started out the day with families and children treated to story telling (our book was Dragons Love Tacos), crafts, and more.  As part of Mia’s Family Day this year, with events for children scheduled throughout the day, this kick-off led the charge.  And the crowds!

 

  • And what would Art in Bloom be without our specially curated selection of gifts and merchandise in our famous Art in Bloom Shop? Many thanks to this fabulous team, who selected the merchandise, set up the beautiful shop, worked the registers, and managed all of the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who greeted the guests.

Finally,  we want to welcome our new co-chairs, Therese Blaine and Maria Reamer, as they begin planning Art in Bloom 2020.  We wish them all the best and know they’ll do an incredible job!

Art in Bloom 2019: See the People’s Choice Winners!

Congratulations to the recipients of our People’s Choice Awards!
These annual awards give our Art in Bloom visitors an opportunity to vote on their favorite displays.  (Special thanks to photographer Corey Strand for taking pictures of all of the arrangements. )

Best Interpretation of an Artwork

Tricia Johnson, Cottage on Fire, c. 1786-1787 by Joseph Wright of Derby

Honorable Mention:  Alissa Nudi, Veiled Lady, c. 1860 by Raffaelo Monti

Most Creative

Karla Newman, The Prodigal Son, c. 1720–30 by Pier Leone Ghezzi

Honorable Mention: Richard Raiche, Bronco Buster, 19th century, by Frederic Remington

Personal Favorite

Myra Rusten, Blessing of the Tuna Fleet at Groix, 1923, by Paul Signac

Honorable Mention: Janeen Rae, Olive Trees, 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh 

2018-19 Friends of the Institute Annual Report

Each year the president of the Friends presents an overview of the year at the last Friends lecture and Annual Meeting. This report is from May 19, 2019. The Friends by-laws require the Friends to publish the Annual Meeting notes for our membership in this newsletter.

Good morning and welcome. This is the last Friends lecture of the 2018-19 Lecture series and the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Institute. Thank you for coming.

My name is Katie Remole.  It is my great pleasure to serve as President of the Friends of the Institute.

I would like to take a moment to recognize former Friends presidents in the audience today. Friends of the Institute has been fortunate to have many strong, dedicated, and thoughtful women lead us to great success these past 97 years.

Group portrait of the Friends of the Institute Former Presidents, May 2019

Please stand as I call your name; and hold applause until the end.

Jean Krogness

Sheila Morgan

Linda Goldenberg

Suzanne Payne

Katie Searl

Carolyn Dahl

Pam Friedland

Connie Sommers

Thank you for joining us today, and for your outstanding contribution to Friends.

Before we can conduct a very brief annual meeting, I would like to establish a quorum.  Molly Van Metre, Friends’ treasurer, is our parliamentarian this morning. Will all members of the Friends of the Institute please raise your hand to be counted?  (5% of membership).

Molly will confirm that we have a quorum.  It appears we have a quorum.

The 97th Annual Meeting of Friends of the Institute is now in session.

In the interest of time, may I have a motion from the floor to suspend the reading of the minutes from the 2018 Annual Meeting?

Is there a second?

Any discussion?

All in favor please say “aye”.

All opposed please say “nay”.

The motion carries.

For any members interested, the minutes from prior Annual Meetings are available in the Friends office or on the Friends web page. (https://friends.artsmia.org)

Before we begin the business portion of our meeting, I would like to give you a brief summary of the Friends year.

  • Art in Bloom 2019 was a huge success thanks to our Art in Bloom co-chairs Barb Champ and Kris King.  Many thanks also to the Art in Bloom committees, all the volunteers who donated thousands of hours before and during the event, and Mia leadership and staff. There were 165 pedestal floral artists and 20 commercial florists who transformed Mia into a flower filled festival that brought in nearly 50,000 people during our four-day event. And this, despite an April blizzard on opening day!  Without Art in Bloom, how would we realize spring has arrived in Minnesota?
  • Eugene Delacroix’s masterpiece Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums now hangs in the galleries, Friends’ gift to Mia in commemoration of our 100th anniversary in 2022.  As you will hear shortly from our treasurer Molly, these past two years finds us well on our way toward fulfilling our commitment to the museum.  This acquisition nicely punctuates the power of Friends working together to further our mission of supporting, enhancing and sustaining the collections and programs of Mia.

 

  • Each year we work hard to enhance our endowed Transportation Fund through our Buy-A-Bus campaign, and this year was no exception.  We brought 164 buses filled with more than 8,000 school children to Mia for a docent or art adventure led tour.  We can be proud of the numbers of lives we touch with this program, exposing young minds to our world-class collection at Mia.

 

  • The Friends continued the tradition of providing exceptional art lectures, free to the public, September through May. The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund generously supported two of these lectures.  Speakers this year were diverse as always and ranged from a White House photographer to a local art critic, a nationally recognized Native American potter and poet to an international historian on book forgeries.  Our year concludes with today’s speaker, the founding and current director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

 

  • Every year Friends Hospitality Committee plans luncheons after four of our lectures and I am happy to report the attendance has climbed significantly the last two years.  These luncheons provide an opportunity for us to visit with our friends and meet new people.

 

  • The Friends Newsletter does a great job updating our members about all Friends activities. Friends members continue to receive their newsletter by email, but we have enhanced its distribution by now posting it on our updated Friends page on Mia’s web site.  On the Friends web page, you will find all our upcoming events and how you can get more involved with Friends of the Institute.

Those of you who are Friends members enjoyed some special Friends Only Events.

    • In the fall, we held a Friends 101 class informing members about our organization, followed by an exclusive opportunity to view Mia’s newest acquisitions with Mia’s John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, Tom Rassier.
    • Once again, this year Friends offered Friends Only tours of Mia’s special exhibitions and permanent collection.  These tours are guided by curators or docents, and included the Rabblerouser and the Homebody, Without Boundaries, Egypt’s Sunken Cities, the Kunin collection and Harry Drake: A Legacy in Photography.  These tours are well received and always fill up quickly.
    • Friends Only Book Club met monthly and covered a wide range of books.  Our book club is unique in that our meetings begin with a discussion of the book, followed by a docent-led tour of art relating to the book. New this year, the book club meets in the beautiful Mia Library.  A lovely setting for a book discussion.
    • Our Friends-only annual Art and Architecture tour sold out quickly. This year’s tour on June 6th stays local as we look at the revival of mid-century modernism in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
    • The Outreach Committee continued its program with members training to be Picture People for the Art Adventure program.  Friends volunteers went into elementary school classrooms as Picture People and chaperoned the students at Mia for their guided tour.

All of this could not happen without the solid support of our Friends Operations Manager, Jackie Figerola.  Although Jackie didn’t start full time at the Friends office until October, when Art in Bloom preparations were well underway, she quickly proved herself instrumental in keeping the Friends office running smoothly and Art in Bloom on target. My sincere thanks to Jackie.

We are fortunate to have strong Friends affiliate networks in Rochester and St. Cloud.  These members help us support Mia and enjoy the many benefits of the museum through group tours of Mia’s collections and special exhibits, and lectures by Mia’s curators in their home communities.  We thank them for their important community leadership on our behalf.

This year we were fortunate to have great support in the office with two very capable Project Assistants, Kimberly Peterson and Lizzie Ginsberg.  Their contribution enabled Friends to put on a very smooth Art in Bloom. Thank you!

The Friends are privileged to work with a very helpful and dedicated Mia staff and administration.  This year we said good-bye to Kaywin Feldman, the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of Mia, as she moved on as Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  We miss her leadership and her unwavering support of Friends and look forward to working with Mia’s next director and president. I want to thank Julianne Amendola, Mia’s Chief Advancement Officer and advisor to the Friends president, for her guidance and support during my two years as president of Friends of the Institute.

As you can tell from all that goes on here, being a Friends member is a tremendous opportunity to enjoy Mia, build friendships and be part of something that enhances our communities.  I strongly encourage you to think about joining us, if you are not already a member.

Molly Van Metre our treasurer will now present the financial report for the period ending March 31, 2019.

(The financial report is available in the Friends Office.)

Thank you, Molly.

I would now like to introduce Connie Sommers, chair of the Nominating Committee, to present the slate of officers for 2019 -2020.

Maria Eggemeyer, President

Robin Keyworth, 1st VP / President Elect

Liz Short, Research & Planning (2nd VP)

Chris Vickery, Secretary

Molly VanMetre, Treasurer

Carol Stoddart, Development Relations Chair

Lucy Hicks, Art & Architecture

Maria Reamer, Art in Bloom

Therese Blaine, Art in Bloom

Barb Champ, Centennial

Tammy Meyer, Docent Representative

Michele Byfield-Angell, Friends Only Events

Elizabeth Winga, Friends Only Events

Beverly Hauschild-Baron, Fundraiser

Mary Aamoth, Fundraiser

Jeanne Scheiderer, Historian

Kris King, Hospitality

Carol Poulson, Hospitality

Helen Leslie, Lectures

Barbara Proeschel, Lectures

Teresa Luterbach, Membership

Melanie Nelson, Membership

Laurie Fontaine-Junker, Newsletter

Sharon Secor, Newsletter

Katie Remole, Nominating

Carolyn Hartwigsen, Outreach

Jane Metcalfe, Outreach

Shelly McGinnis, Plants & Flowers

Lisa Berg, Plants & Flowers

Pat Gale, Rochester Liaison

Sharon Parham, Rochester President

Boyd Ratchye, St. Cloud Liaison

JeanMarie Burtness, Transportation

Laura Miller, Transportation

Sue Stillman, Volunteer Services

Kathryn Koessel, Advisors

Julie Holland, Advisors

Nikki Lewis, Advisors

Tracey Schaefer, Advisors

Katie Searl, Advisors

 

I need to ask the next question three times.

Are there any nominations from the floor? Again… and finally.

May I have a motion to approve the Board as presented by Connie?

Is there a second?

Any discussion?

It has been moved and seconded to accept the slate.

All in favor say “aye”.

All opposed say “nay”.

The motion carries.

Thank you, Connie for presenting to us such a terrific slate of officers.

Congratulations to the 2019-20 Friends Board of Directors

We are at the end of the 2019 Annual Meeting.

May I have a motion to adjourn the meeting?

Is there a second?

It has been moved and seconded to adjourn the Meeting.

All those in favor, say “aye”.

Opposed?

The motion carries and the meeting is adjourned. Gavel!

It has been a pleasure and privilege for me to lead this wonderful organization the past two years.  Thank you for the opportunity.

Now I would like to introduce, Mia’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Matthew Welch, who will introduce today’s distinguished speaker.

Please join me in welcoming Matthew to the podium.

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