Dear Friends of the Bechtler,

On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, I hope this correspondence finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during this difficult time. It is hard to believe what has transpired in one week since we announced our temporary closure. As we learn more about the effects of COVID-19, it is clear our daily lives will be impacted for longer than anticipated. As a result, we will remain closed until it is safe to resume daily and programmatic museum operations.

Due to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19, we feel a responsibility to be diligent in supporting current recommendations regarding “social distancing”. As we enter the spring season, we join many other museums in making the difficult, but necessary decision to postpone annual fundraising events.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s 2020 Gala, “Illumination,” scheduled for May 2, is postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall. We also understand that the effect of our current events have left no individual, family or business untouched, and we look forward to a celebratory Gala when we all persevere through this current situation and the time is right.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll join us as we adapt to business as unusual and take our mission online. Follow us on social media (FacebookInstagram and Twitter) for art and coloring activities, highlights from our collection, Bechtler artist spotlights, trivia, Firebird Fridays, and other fantastic resources we’ll be sharing from fellow museums around the world.

We are all in this together and it is inspiring to see the creativity and unconventional connections that are evolving from these unprecedented times. Stay tuned for more experiences as we look for creative ways to share the world of Modern Art with you, our biggest supporters and fellow art enthusiasts.

In the meantime, our administrative teams continue to work remotely and are here to answer any of your questions. For a full list of staff, please click here.

We wish you continued good health and look forward to welcoming you back to the Bechtler soon.


Bruce LaRowe
Interim CEO

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