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Eat. Drink. Dance. Vote: A Museum Gala

October 11, 2010

The Friends of the Arts Museum (FOAM) celebrate 40 years of membership and support with a festive gala night on October 16, 2011. Enjoy the sounds of the Jubilee Jazz Band, feast from a delicious buffet, and cast your vote for the next work of art in the Museum's permanent collection. Then get down with a 70s dance party!

The party celebrates to new museum exhibition Friends Bearing Gifts: 40 Years of Acquisitions from the Friends of the Art Museum, on view through December 12 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.


FOAM Gala 2
About the party:
  • Saturday, October 16, 7:00–11:00 P.M.
  • Mahaney Center for the Arts
  • Jubilee Jazz Band, Buffet, and Cash Bar, 7:00–9:00 P.M.
  • 70s Dance Party and Dessert, 9:00–11:00 P.M.

Don't miss the presentation of 3 possible art purchases, and cast your vote to decide which will be the Friends' 2010 gift to the Museum. Can't attend? View the works at the museum after October 1 and cast your vote ahead of time.

Gala Tickets:
  • $50 per person
  • Not a Member? $25 per person for entry after 9:00 P.M. Complimentary individual membership included!
  • Registration deadline extended! Buy tickets at the Middlebury College Box Office, online or call 802.443.MIDD (6433)

Questions? Contact Andrea Solomon at (802) 443-2034


The Gala Celebration is graciously sponsored by:
  • Ingrid Punderson Jackson Real Estate
  • Lapham & Dibble Gallery
  • Timothy W. O'Brien, Investments, UBS
  • The Lodge at Otter Creek
  • Christine Fraioli and John K. Nelson, Residential and Commercial Realtors for LMSRE, Lion and Davis Fine Properties and

**Raffle of four $250 gift certificates sponsored by the Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls.

For additional opportunities to sponsor this event, please contact Barbara Blodgett, Chair of the Friends of the Art Museum, at 802.388-8268.


 Caparisoned Horse
About the exhibition:

For the past forty years, the Middlebury College Museum of Art and its predecessor, the Christian A Johnson Memorial Gallery (1968-92), have been bolstered by a loyal and generous membership group. Comprised of community members, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and their families, the Friends of Art (now called the Friends of the Art Museum) have been instrumental in helping to build a permanent art collection for the College. In 1969 the newly founded Friends of Art gave the College the first of its more than 70 gifts of art. With their membership funds exclusively earmarked for this purpose, the Friends continued to give generously to establish what is now a remarkably diverse and distinguished art collection.

 de Koonig

This exhibition and its accompanying publication survey the history of the Friends of the Art Museum. Highlighting 40 acquisitions, the exhibition includes works from a variety of periods and cultures represented in the Museum's permanent collection. Friends Bearing Gifts casts a bright spotlight on the history and accomplishments of one of the Middlebury College community's most vital and enduring cultural resources.



Pictured: Caparisoned Horse, Chinese, Eastern Wei dynasty (534-550), polychrome ceramic, 12 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches. Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund, 2004.015. Photo Ken Burris

Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands, 1904-1997), High School Desk, 1970, lithograph on paper. Collection of Middlebury College Museum, Vermont. Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund and a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1976.143

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