A Note from the Director
It is an honor to serve for the next few months as interim director of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. My task is to help keep our programs moving forward while the Board searches for Mark Johnson’s successor.
My wife Martha and I have been regular Museum visitors for more than 35 years, and we are long-time members of the MMFA Association. Despite this familiarity and years of friendship with many staff members, I have been bowled over by what I have learned about all the Museum does. It is a wonderful institution and a vital part of the cultural life of central Alabama. The chance to work here, with so many extraordinary people, is a high privilege.
Our big project right now is completing the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden. Construction crews are wrapping up their work this fall, and planting begins in the winter. Each time I walk through the Garden area, I see anew what a stunning space it will be for special events, casual browsing, or just sitting to enjoy the combined beauty of art and nature. We are still raising funds for the Garden and hope you will consider it as part of your philanthropic plans. Some very attractive naming opportunities are still open, and we are forming a new Garden Society to help with on-going support.
We also hope you will hurry to see Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama before it closes on January 21. It is an amazing exhibition featuring contemporary Alabama artists—part of the Museum’s contribution to Alabama’s bicentennial commemorations. In all its exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum provides a rich array of opportunities to please the senses and stimulate the mind. Come visit us soon and see for yourself. We will be happy to welcome you.
Edwin C. Bridges