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President’s Message

January 2018

2017 has been a truly remarkable year for AACG! As we enter 2018, we also welcome with great excitement AACG’s 30th Anniversary year. For the next 18 months, AACG will host various events and programs, in cooperation with our member galleries, schools, museums,
and artist partners in celebrating this anniversary.

This past November, AACG members, along with thousands of other art collectors, attended SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier. Once again, the exhibition halls were filled with works from both new and emerging artists and seasoned “masters.” AACG held its fall Board and
Advisory Council meeting during the three-day event, and it was very well attended. We also held our annual social, which included
AACG’s Annual Award to an organization and the Honors Award to individuals. I want to thank Glorya and Neal Spero and Lita Weinstein for their leadership with this annual program. We also owe a debt of gratitude to Petr Hora who donated a fabulous work for our annual auction. Though Petr could not attend, his son Lukas and Lukas’s wife Lucy did attend and shared the story of Petr’s artistic career and
why he felt the need to “pay back” by donating this special work entitled Lilus. We also want to extend a very special “thank you” to Deb and John Gross, who opened up their incredible Chicago residence to our Visionary members.

Also, I was truly touched by the outpouring of volunteerism after our SOFA Board meeting. We held a special post-meeting session to brainstorm and develop a list of volunteers to serve in various roles for the 30th Anniversary Celebration. This session produced a plethora of ideas and a baseline in which to plan our events. Thank you to all who attended…yes, I will be in touch to continue our discussions for the 30th Anniversary programming!

AACG’s Board and Advisory Council will have its interim meeting in Sarasota in April to provide leadership and guidance for AACG’s programming and administrative needs. We also will concentrate on continued planning of activities for the 30th Anniversary celebration.

We are now in the throes of planning AACG’s annual member trip, which will be held from August 15-19. San Francisco will be the backdrop for tours of collectors’ homes, museums, artists’ studios, and special surprise venues. This trip will be fully subscribed quickly, so be ready to register when you receive the e-blast with details.

On a much more somber note, AACG saw the passing of several past key board leaders in 2017, including Harvey Lapin, who served as vice president; past president Bruce Bachmann; and David Denn, who led our 2012 50th anniversary of Studio Glass celebration. We extend our thoughts and prayers to their families.

Our committees are all functioning in high gear, and we anticipate a major influx of grant applications for both the 2018 spring and fall grant cycles. Let me again thank our committee chairs and their members for the hours of dedication they share throughout the year in supporting all of the vital programs and services provided by AACG.

And let me echo a word of thanks to all our AACG members who have reached out to me via phone, email, and text to share new ideas and positive feedback on our 2017 activities. Thank you for your enthusiasm and support. 2018 is off to a tremendous start!



Larry Eisenberg