Antonella Doucette Elected Worcester Art Museum Trustee

WORCESTER, MASS., January 8, 1999 - The Worcester Art Museum is pleased to announce that Antonella Doucette of Harvard, Mass., was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Trustees at the Museum's annual meeting. A native of Italy, Doucette studied law at the University di Pavia, and is now the owner and operator of several Dunkin Donut franchises in Leominster. She served two years as the Museum's volunteer coordinator and is currently participating in the Museum's 18-month Docent-in-Training Program.

A resident of Harvard since 1997, Doucette appreciates the value of volunteerism and is active in both the Harvard Women's Club and the Worcester Art Museum. "I believe in the Worcester Art Museum's mission of promoting cultural experiences for the benefit of all," Doucette says. "The Museum has such a dedicated and qualified group of employees and volunteers; they've been like a second family to me. It's a very welcoming environment and I am happy to do all I can to let others know about the exciting classes, exhibitions, and events the Museum offers. We are fortunate to have such a world-renowned treasure in our own back yard."

The Board of Trustees holds the fiduciary responsibility for the Museum, ensuring that the organization accomplishes its mission. The role of a Trustee is two-fold and includes both governing and volunteering. As representatives of the public, trustees help protect the long-range future of the Museum by making sure that the organization is well managed. Trustees also give their time, talent, and creative energy in supporting management strategies and fundraising activities that enable the Museum to attain its short- and long-term goals.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.