Consultants: Grant Beglarian Andrzej Choldzunski Ruth Anderson Coggeshall Jill Houghton Emery Frank S. Johnson Jr. Gilbert Levine Peter Lyman Jillian Poole Charles Ritcheson
Exibition Funding Consultancy
February 27–2 March, 2005
Consultant: Ruth Anderson Coggeshall
Ruth Anderson Coggeshall, former head of development activities and the National Gallery of Art and now an independent consultant, traveled to Warsaw, Poland in February, 2005 to meet with the director of the Royal Castle, Professor Andrzej Rottermund, and its curator, Dr. Monika Krol. The purpose of the trip was to provide guidance and advice in resource development for the planned art exhibition celebrating the Polish heritage, now scheduled for 2007/8. The exhibition, "The Essence of Poland" features paintings from American Art Collections from the fifteenth century to 1939. These paintings were originally in Polish collections or painted by Polish artists. They include works by Masaccio, Rembrandt, and Boucher.
Over the course of her visit, Ms. Coggeshall met with representatives of the US Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While the exhibition is in the beginning stages of development, it is being enthusiastically planned. Dr. Marilyn Wyatt of the US Embassy met with the Royal Castle director and Dr. Krol. Various aspects of the exhibition were discussed from the arrangement of loans to other venues for this exhibition. The objectives of the exhibition in promoting cultural goodwill as well as celebrating the Polish heritage were discussed with the public affairs officer of the US Embassy, Ed Kulakowski, and in another meeting with Mariusz Brymora of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Royal Castle is coordinating its efforts within the Warsaw art community, and Ms. Coggeshall met with Dr. Dorota Folga-Januszewska, Deputy Director of the National Museum in Warsaw, who pledged her support.
All meetings led to the discussion of funding for the exhibition which will be supported, in large, by the private sector. Ms. Coggeshall laid out a plan for fund development and discussed a strategy to implement it. She presented a detailed, written plan upon the conclusion of the trip.