On Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Cheryl Brutvan, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Norton Museum of Art was the guest speaker at the Annual Luncheon for the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) Florida Chapter. More than 800 women artists from across the United States are members of this prestigious organization, and Florida is the only state with its own chapter. Given the association’s mission “to foster public awareness of, and interest, in works of art with emphasis on fine art created by women,” Ms. Brutvan was the perfect choice for guest speaker.
In January 2009, Cheryl Brutvan began her current position at the Norton Museum where she is responsible for developing the museum’s collection of works by artists born after 1960 as well as achieving special exhibitions and programs. Cheryl brought this to fruition by organizing “Jenny Saville,” the recent exciting exhibition and the publication of paintings and drawings by the recognized young British artist, Jenny Saville (b.1970).
The exhibition was the first of six in the museum’s Recognition of Art by Women (RAW) series, which was made possible by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund. The Davis grant will allow the Norton to organize exhibitions of paintings and sculptures by living women artists bringing them to the forefront of the artistic scene.
Ms. Brutvan spoke about her work experiences before coming to Florida. A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, she received her Masters in Art History from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Her background is impressive and includes fifteen years working her way up to senior curator at the Albright-Know Gallery in Buffalo followed by years spent as Head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. We are fortunate to have her expertise at the Norton in West Palm Beach.
The luncheon was held at Benvenuto, the lovely Boynton Beach establishment, and the room was filled with talented women. In addition to Ms. Brutvan, other invited guests were Sandra Coombs, Chief Executive at the Armory Art Center, Katie Deits, Executive Director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter, Gloria Rejune Adams, Cornell Museum Director, and Maxine Schreiber, West Palm Beach Fine Arts Examiner.
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