Lois SumbergLois Sumberg,
Gallery Council President

Lois is found at each of the many Gallery Council events, donning her green volunteer apron and a keeping a keen eye on the environment. On July 1, 2016, she stepped into the roll of President. We wanted to get to know a little more about her with these four questions:

Have you always lived in Rochester? If not, where else? I have lived in Rochester since 1972. I grew up in Utica, NY. Before coming to Rochester my husband, daughter and I lived in Michigan (East Lansing and Flint).

Interlude by John Koch 1963Favorite work of art at MAG? I have many favorites, but if I have to choose, I would pick John Koch’s Interlude, 1963 (right).

Gallery Council has been your passion for quite some time. What is your favorite thing to work on when not working at MAG? I’d have to say my garden, although I never have enough time and am forever replacing plants that die, because I don’t have a green thumb!

Favorite fundraiser?
No contest here. Art & Treasures is my favorite.

Gallery Council 2016-17Here are but a few of the Gallery Council volunteers assisting in 2016-17. SHOWN: first row, left to right: Pamela Miller Ness (Co-Historian), Linda Cassata (Co-chair Art Tours Committee), Patricia Gately (Recording Secretary), Kathy Schwingel (Co-Project Treasurer) and Pat Rahn (Co-chair Hospitality Committee). Second row, left to right: Elena Shandalov (Co-chair Hospitality Committee), Bonnie Voll (Membership Chair), Kathy Farrar (Co-chair Program Committee), Lois Sumberg (Council President), and Anny Ostau De Lafont (Co-chair Program Committee). The last row, left to right: Bev Pickering (Co-Project Treasurer), Pan Foye (1st Vice President), Freddie Amstey (Co-Administrative Treasurer), Jane Colangelo (Docent Vice-chairperson), Marilyn Merrigan (Chair Nominating Committee) and Jean Ligozio (Co-chair Art Tours Committee).

Not Shown: Vicki Burns (Co-Historian), Katherine Cove (Co-chair Communications Committee), Lee Foster (Co-chair Communications Committee), Mary Sue Jack (Co-Administrative Treasurer), Rody Krugh (2nd Vice President), Dee McCreary (Corresponding Secretary)

Trudie Kirshner, MAG Board PresidentTrudie Kirshner, President, MAG Board of Managers

Serving on numerous Boards in the Rochester area, Trudie is a true asset in guiding MAG’s recent initiative on strategic planning.

MAG Docent BoardElsbeth Kozel, Docent Chair 2017

Every year, MAG docents (a word derived from the Latin “to teach”) introduce thousands of schoolchildren and adults to the collection and exhibitions.

Chairperson: Ellie Kozel – front right, Vice-Chairperson: Jane Colangelo – front second from left (sunglasses), Secretary: Ellie Stauffer – middle front, Treasurer: Marguerite Quinn – back left, Travel: Gail Reeves (not present) and Sue Tkach – back second from right. Hospitality: Carol Redden – top right and Mike Rick – bottom left, Nominating: Mary Clare Hamlin – front second from right, Past Docent Chair: Peg Rachfal – back second from left.

A “Win-Win” for the Gallery

susie-webOn January 1, 2014, Susan Daiss left her longtime position as director of education to accept a joint appointment between MAG and UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. As a senior associate at the medical school, Daiss’s academic responsibilities will include teaching, scholarship and administrative oversight of the visual arts courses in a new master’s program in medical humanities. At the Gallery, she will administer the program, along with other community health and wellness initiatives. Among them: Meet Me at the MAG, an ongoing collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association. “This is not a goodbye, but a new chapter for both Susie and the Gallery—a  perfect “win-win” on all fronts,” says director Grant Holcomb. In Daiss’s previous position as director of education, welcome another familiar face—Marlene Hamann-Whitmore, formerly curator of education for interpretation.

High Honors for Retired Curator

margie-award2Marjorie B. Searl, who retired December 31, 2013 as the Gallery’s chief curator, has been honored by the University of Rochester with one of the year’s Witmer Awards for Distinguished Service. The awards, presented on April 21, recognize “outstanding and sustained contributions to the University.” Last year when he announced her retirement, director Grant Holcomb called Searl “one of the Gallery’s guiding lights for more than 25 years” and cited her recent role as a driving force behind Centennial Sculpture Park. Fittingly, she has also been recognized by longtime MAG friends Thomas and Marianne Kroon, who established the Marjorie B. Searl Endowment to support the acquisition and conservation of artworks in the park, as well as outdoor community programming. Curator of American art Jessica Marten has been named acting chief curator. Above: Holcomb and Searl at the awards ceremony.


The Memorial Art Gallery was happy to be a part of Shawn Dunwoody’s #HappyRochester video. Watch it here – we think you’ll get happy, too.

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