Community reception planned as The Westmoreland director retires
Twenty-five years after accepting the position as only the second director of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Judith Hansen O'Toole will conclude her career with a community open house on May 30.
The public is invited to attend the 5 to 7 p.m. event at the 221 N. Main St., Greensburg, facility to celebrate O'Toole, who retires as the museum's Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO.
In September, she announced her intent to retire on June 1.
The evening will recognize her lengthy tenure and the revolutionary transformations the museum has undergone during her leadership, according to a news release.
Since 1993, she has guided the museum through growth and change, raising its status to a nationally-recognized museum, connecting with the public through The Westmoreland's regional and American collections, developing community-oriented educational programming and expanding the museum's geographic reach.
Those attending may sign an oversized thank you card for O'Toole and enjoy live entertainment.
Crooked Creek Distillery and Smoke Stack BBQ will provide complimentary light bites and tastings.
The event is free to the public and hosted by the Committee for The Westmoreland, the release states.
Also during the reception, a portrait of O'Toole the museum commissioned from photographer Mark Perrott and painter Robert Qualters will be on view to the public for the first time.
The work is a collaboration between the two artists, who worked together in a similar fashion for an exhibition, “Points of View: A Shared Vision,” at The Westmoreland in 2003.
Fifteen years later, their reunion led to the work entitled “Portrait of Judy, 2018.”
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