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More Than Meets The Eye

A lot of work goes into propelling VBMA to further greatness, and new curator Danielle Johnson is up to the task

Akashima Shun-un’s bronze “Lion” guards the front entrance of the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Akashima Shun-un’s bronze “Lion” guards the front entrance of the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Vero Beach Museum of Art (VBMA) is a dynamic institution and always has been. From its earliest days, its leadership, staff and volunteers have pushed it to new heights. What started as a small local arts center just 30 years ago is now a premier regional art museum. 

But for Danielle Johnson, the museum’s new curator of modern and contemporary art, the big draw for her was not just what the museum is today, but what it will be in the future — and what part she could play in that future.

Following a national search, Johnson joined the museum staff in July and brought with her an impressive background of education and work in the art field. The native of Buffalo, New York, earned her undergraduate degree in the history of art and French language and literature from Colgate University. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (NYU).