Artsjournal chose to include two stories about the Milwaukee Art Museum from the Sunday edition of the local newspaper on April 27th. One was an over-long profile of me. The other was about our finances, a matter of genuine interest since our problems are well known.
I would like to assure your readers (and I am a loyal one myself) that we are in good shape. We have conditional commitments for over $16m of the $25m target, this being the gap between the $125m cost of the Calatrava, the gardens, the refitting of the permanent collection, and the $100m so far raised. On an operating basis before interest and depreciation we made a surplus for each of the past two years since the Calatrava opened and if we miss a surplus this year it should be by a small margin. We have an exciting exhibitions and public program. We continue to make important acquisitions. We will shortly be recruiting two curators.
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Director, Milwaukee Art Museum