Worcester Art Museum Hosts NPR's Terry Gross

WORCESTER, MASS., APRIL 16, 1999 - Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio's daily afternoon program Fresh Air, will be the keynote speaker at the Worcester Art Museum's annual Stephen Salisbury Society Gala on Sunday, April 25, 1999. The society is an organization of major donors who annually support the Museum with contributions of between $1,100 and $20,000. In addition to Gross' remarks, the annual celebration includes cocktails and an elegant buffet dinner. Black tie or evening attire is required, and the general public is invited for a donation of $1,100 per couple.

Hailed as one of the most thought-provoking interviewers working in media today, Gross brings us into an intimate place where the "celebrity" becomes more understandable and more human. If you've ever wondered what makes Terry Gross tick, attend this year's gala and learn about her techniques for good interviews.

Gross began hosting and producing Fresh Air at WHHY in Philadelphia in 1973; it has since become a daily one-hour program distributed nationally to 160 stations. Over the years, Fresh Air has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Peabody award and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award for "Best Live Radio Program."

For more information about the Stephen Salisbury Society Gala call the Museum at 508.799.4406, x3022.

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.