Founder, VisArts (1987)
Director, The Kreeger Museum,
Washington, DC (1994-present)
What Judy loves about VisArts? VisArts is all about our community.
From the very beginning, VisArts has been all about our community. As an artist and member of the Rockville Cultural Arts Commission in the mid-1980s, I was interested in ways to engage the community in the arts. An arts center was the idea of a local citizen who came to the Commission to present her vision. From that moment, I became committed to making it a reality, building an arts center in Rockville, the heart of Montgomery County, recognizing the importance of the arts and how they can bring vitality to a community.
A group of local artists and elected officials immediately joined with me, helped to make the idea a reality and Rockville Arts Place was born. The name was later changed to The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, VisArts, to reflect its expanding regional influence.
My vision was to create a quality arts center that focused on art education for children and adults, galleries to educate the public on contemporary art and featuring cutting-edge exhibitions, and studio space for artists to create their work and connect with the community.
I am so pleased with what I see now at VisArts and the way it is engaging the public through art. The organization is carrying on the original ideas that we all had when we started Rockville Arts Place. I couldn’t be happier to see it flourish.
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