Vistas Autumn 2018 AUTUMN 2018 Also in this issue... VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION............6,7 NEW! REFLECTIONS ESSAY....................10 I am humbled to assume the position of NMVO President. Following Prudence Bradley, who exempli es leadership and dedication to the Museum, I have big shoes to ll. I’ve been volunteering since the fall of 2010 when I was a member of the last docent class. I’ve greatly enjoyed working on the Annual Tea , Chili and Brew , the Holiday Market and look forward to working with all of you! There’s been much excitement during the past 12 months. Just a few highlights include: the re- installation and opening of our Ancient Mediterranean and Global Arts of Africa galleries; the unveiling of our state-of-the art Visitor's Welcome Center, anchored by the fabulous Odili Odita mural, Gateway; the re-opening of our Washington Street front entrance; the mounting of the eye-popping The Rockies & The Alps ; the exquisite Dramatic Threads installation in the Asian galleries; and the Hot, Hotter, Hottest and the Style and Status in Sterling exhibits on the second oor of the Ballantine House. Please join me as the Museum’s dynamism continues in 2019. We look forward to unveiling of the 2nd oor of Seeing America (which is in the middle of a re-do generously funded by the Luce Foundation). It will include a one man photography show by our Artist- in-Residence, Matthey Brandt. Our newly renovated second oor gallery space currently hosts the stunning Kimono Refashioned—1870's to Now exhibit and we eagerly anticipate a solo exhibition by Wendy Red Star. Our Asia Society rotation will be Birding in Asia. And, let’s not forget this fall is jam packed with such staple events as the Makerfest in September, Second Sundays , Late Thursdays, Chili & Brew and the Holiday Market . In addition to these front and center volunteer opportunities, there is tons of rewarding behind-the-scenes volunteering to be done, in multiple departments: membership, special events, library, travel. Lastly, as the search for a new director nears its conclusion, we can expect that pretty soon Intermim Co-Directors Ulysses Grant Dietz and Deborah Kasindorf will inform us that a new Museum director has been chosen. Stay tuned. You don’t want to miss a moment of the thrilling times ahead! — Mary KIMONOS REFASHIONED —1870S TO NOW Pages 2,3,8,11,12 DOCENT ESSAY ON AYANA V. JACKSON PHOTOS Page 9 Mary Courtien NMVO President