An Important Announcement from Our Board President

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Robert Hayden III President, Board of Trustees

Dear Supporters of Laguna Art Museum:
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It is with a sense of excitement that I write to share with you some important developments at Laguna Art Museum, including the addition of new members to the museum’s Board of Trustees, exceeding our 2010/2011 Annual Fund goal, and significant progress toward hiring a new executive director.
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The recent addition of three new trustees is a testament to the growth and success of Laguna Art Museum during the past few months. I am honored to have Michael Brickman, Liz Kramer, and Janice Johnson as colleagues in service to the museum. Michael Brickman brings to the board an entrepreneurial spirit and significant experience as a collector of important historical California art. Liz Kramer is a long-term Laguna Beach resident and supporter of the museum. As a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and a holder of a master’s degree in exhibition design from California State University Fullerton, Liz brings a strong arts background to the board. Janice Johnson has served as board chair of Pacific Symphony, chairman of the Guilds of the Segerstom Center for the Arts, member of the executive committee of the National Symphony Orchestra, board member of The White House Endowment Fund, and as a National Endowment for the Arts panelist. Her vast nonprofit experience enhances the professionalism and leadership of an already amazingly dedicated and hard-working Board of Trustees.
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In addition to the strengthening of the board, our financial success has also increased. During a tough economic period Laguna Art Museum surpassed its $110,000 Annual Fund goal by about $15,000 for the fiscal year ended June 2011 – an unmatched achievement in recent history. It is with the generous support of donors and the community that the museum is able to serve its mission to be a leader in arts education through scholarly exhibition programs and an outstanding permanent collection of art. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide unrestricted support to the museum and are critical to its success.
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Most importantly we have made great strides toward the search for a new executive director. Immediately after Bolton Colburn announced that he would be stepping down as director on May 13, 2011, the Board of Trustees formed an executive search committee comprised of three trustees, Rick Balzer, treasurer Marshall Eichenauer, Jr., and vice president Elyse Caraco Miller, and five community leaders and business professionals, Dennis Boyer, Emil Monda, Carol Rhoads, Craig Sannum, and Igal Silber. Mr. Boyer, a retired executive with the major international retained executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, is leading the team and graciously providing his services pro-bono, saving the museum search firm fees in excess of $50,000.
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The search committee began by developing a detailed position description, which outlines the priorities, responsibilities, experience, qualifications and personal characteristics necessary for the position. We are reaching high for talent that can add value to the overall mission of the museum. The search already resulted in over seventy qualified candidates, many of whom the committee identified as ideal candidates and actively recruited. The list includes top museum and arts professionals from across the nation. As it turns out, this is a highly attractive position that garnered a great deal of interest. The search committee is carefully maintaining the complete confidentiality of the candidates as many are currently employed at high level positions at prestigious arts organizations. Dennis Boyer conducted initial conversations with each of the qualified candidates – as well as an unbelievable number of conversations with applicants that ultimately didn’t meet the requirements of the position specification. We now begin stage two of the process – narrowing the long list to approximately six top candidates who will be brought to Laguna Beach for personal interviews. After the interviews are complete, the top three candidates will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for final interviews and ultimately the selection of the next executive director for Laguna Art Museum. I expect to be able to announce the decision by late September.
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I owe a debt of gratitude to the staff, volunteers, and interns of Laguna Art Museum who are working tirelessly during this transition and are maintaining the high level of quality for which our museum is known. Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to the continued success and growth of Laguna Art Museum.
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With kind regards,
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Robert Hayden
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Robert Hayden III
President, Board of Trustees
Laguna Art Museum
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P.S. Please save the date of Tuesday, September 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for our annual Members’ Meeting. This year we are changing the format to an open house and inviting the entire community. Join us for lively libations, fun small bites, friendly conversation, and an exciting video presentation celebrating the museum’s accomplishments over the past year!