Friday, April 17, 2009


To good to believe? Let's remain cautiously optimistic. See the full letter sent this morning from Brandeis University below:

Dear Brandeis Community,

In order to allow its members sufficient time for careful exploration, analysis, and deliberation, the Committee for the Future of the Rose requested that I clarify the plans the University has made for staffing and programming at the Rose following June 30, 2009. While the University awaits the Committee’s recommendations regarding the Rose Art Museum, important steps will be taken to ensure that the collection is cared for properly and professionally and that the operations of the Museum are maintained.

To this end, four of the six current staff at the Rose Art Museum were offered continued employment by the University. I am pleased that Roy Dawes will assume the position of Director of Museum Operations. Valerie Wright will assume the position of Collections Manager, and Karina Sheerin will continue as Director for Financial Control, Budgeting, and Analysis at the Rose. The staff will also supervise undergraduate internships at the Rose during the academic year.

The current exhibitions at the Rose have been extended and will remain open through May 17. Following a brief period in which the exhibitions are de-installed, the Rose will exhibit works from the Permanent Collection when it reopens to the public on July 22, 2009. The Rose summer hours will be announced soon, but consistent with our past practice, summer hours will be more limited than they are during the academic year. These plans are intended to ensure continuity until such time as the Committee submits its final report and action is taken on its recommendations.

These plans were formulated in consultation with the Committee for the Future of the Rose to provide the necessary context in which its deliberations and recommendations can proceed. I have confidence that this Committee, with its broad representation from important constituencies, will offer creative and informed recommendations to the University about the future cultural and academic roles that the Rose can fulfill. This announcement affirms the University’s commitment that the Rose Art Museum will remain a museum open to the public with professionally trained staff.


Marty Wyngaarden Krauss
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

No comments:

Post a Comment

Town Hall Meeting with Michael Rush