Of Virginia Art Museum To Honor Ruth And Robert Cross At Gala Event
November 11, 2003 --
University of Virginia Art Museum supporters and activists Ruth
and Robert Cross will be honored at a gala event
Nov. 21. “La Belle Epoque: The Legacy of Ruth and Robert
Cross at the University of Virginia Art Museum” will feature
a cocktail reception, hosted by President and Mrs. John T. Casteen
III at Carr’s Hill, a special program with guest speakers,
and a dinner in the museum’s Main Gallery.
celebrate the Crosses, the Volunteer Board of the Museum has
Ruth and Robert Cross Volunteer Service Award” to
honor those individuals who have made a major impact on the museum
and who give generously of their time and spirit to further the
museum’s mission, thus enriching its collections, exhibitions,
educational programs, special events and community outreach.
Casteen will present the inaugural Volunteer Service Award to
the namesakes. Other program speakers include Peter
Lawson-Johnston, chairman of the museum’s advisory board;
Sam Abell, photographer and museum advisory board member; and
Lane Becken, museum volunteer
event also commemorates the museum’s
30th anniversary since its reopening in 1974. Both Ruth and
Bob Cross have been
active at the museum for the past 30 years. Ruth Cross was
instrumental in the reopening, serving as both a volunteer
and staff member
during the tenures of directors David Lawall and Tony Hirschel.
She is an active member of the museum’s volunteer and
advisory Boards and serves on the University’s Council
for the Arts. The couple has lent their support not only
through volunteer leadership,
but also through their generous philanthropy. In addition
to significant operational support, they have given the museum
38 works of art.
event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Carr’s
Hill, followed by the museum dinner by A. Pimento Catering,
White Hall Vineyards
and Albemarle Baking Company, and the after-dinner program.
Tickets are $150 per person, and all proceeds will benefit
operational fund. For tickets and more information, call
Mike Alexander at (434) 243-8874.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298