The Memorial Art Gallery begins its second century not only with a new director, but also with a new president of its Board of Managers. But where Jonathan Binstock is new to Rochester as well as to MAG, Board president Mary M. Koegel is a familiar face with more than two decades of service.
Koegel’s involvement at MAG began in 1990, when as a new arrival in Rochester she joined the Averell Council. Still in its infancy, this volunteer organization was formed to offer social and educational opportunities for young adults, provide fund-raising support, and—not coincidentally—provide MAG with its next generation of leaders. When Koegel moved on to the Gallery Council—and in 1998 became its president—she fulfilled that promise.
In addition to heading up a major fund-raising organization, the Gallery Council president sits on the Board of Managers as an ex-officio member. Koegel obviously impressed her colleagues on the Board. In 2000, after stepping down as Council president, she was formally invited to stay on and for the past seven years has chaired the Board’s Advancement Committee.
So it came as no surprise when she was announced as the Board’s new president—a position she considers “an honor and a privilege.”
Koegel’s professional experience includes stints as vice president and fiduciary manager at JPMorgan Chase, financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, and associate director of advancement at UR’s Wilmot Cancer Center.
At MAG, she’s co-chaired such major fund-raisers as Dancing with Degas, the Glass Gala, the Impressionism Gala, Party with Paley and Art & Treasures.
Her giving doesn’t stop with the Gallery. In the community, Koegel has served six years each on the boards of the Arts & Cultural Council and the Rochester City Ballet.
But her heart belongs to MAG. “The Gallery is like a family,” says Koegel. “We wouldn’t be doing what we do if it wasn’t a wonderful place to be.”
Photo by Brandon K. Vick.