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Worcester Art Museum Adds Five Board Members, Names Lisa Kirby President

Cézanne's Study for The Cardplayers, 1890-92, in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum.COURTESY WAM

Cézanne’s Study for The Cardplayers, 1890-92, in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum.


Some news from Worcester, Massachusetts, to begin the day! The Worcester Art Museum—pronounced woo-ster art museum—announced that it has added five board members. They are:

– Susan M. Bassick, a former docent at the museum who has been a member of its Corporator fundraising program since 2012. Fun fact: she and her husband, Jack, are both United States Coast Guard Certified Captains, according to WAM.

– Andrew T. Jay, a managing partner at Siemens Venture Capital. He is also a founder and president of the Massachusetts Oyster Project, which aims “to return Massachusetts marine estuaries to their historic natures.”

– Dana R. Levenson, the president and CEO of Southgate at Shrewsbury. Interestingly, his resume includes a tenure as CFO of the city of Chicago

– Ronald L. Lombard, who owns RL Ventures LLC, “an independent consulting firm that provides executive-level service to clients.”

– Anne-Marie Soullière, a former chief executive of the Fidelity Foundations and the Edward C. Johnson Fund.

In addition, Lisa Kirby Gibbs has been tapped to be president of the board. The museum’s news release says that Gibbs has sponsored free admission in August at the museum for the past three years through her Kirby Foundation. On a personal note, I enjoyed that free admission during a visit this summer and highly recommend a visit. Its rich offerings include a remarkable 1891 Gauguin and a prime Cézanne cardplayers study from 1890–92 that a tipster (thank you!) just reminded me was once owned by Degas.

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