Vizcaya receives prestigious Ross Merrill Award for excellence in care and preservation
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens has been honored by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) with the Ross Merrill Award. The award recognizes an organization for their exemplary work and commitment to the preservation and care of its cultural property.
"I am proud that the work of our collections and curatorial staff has been recognized by AIC," says Remko Jansonius, deputy director of collections and curatorial affairs for Vizcaya. "Thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers, Vizcaya is able to celebrate 100 years and engage our community in learning through the arts, history and the environment."
Vizcaya's Main House and gardens are furnished with a collection that represents many cultures and periods of art—ancient Roman sculptures, Renaissance tapestries and architectural elements, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century statues and garden decorations, Chinese ceramics, Rococo and Neoclassical furniture and early twentieth-century sculptures and paintings. Vizcaya also has one of the most significant collections of Italian furniture in the United States.
Vizcaya’s collection expands into its gardens. The statues, busts, vases and urns that decorate Vizcaya’s gardens range from antiquity to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and include modern art from Vizcaya’s owner James Deering’s time. The most outstanding of Vizcaya’s twentieth-century features is the Barge, sculpted by Alexander Stirling Calder (1870–1945). Located in the water in front of the Main House, the Barge is a monumental breakwater shaped as a boat and decorated with carving representing mythical Caribbean creatures.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is open to visitors daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. To learn more about Vizcaya visit vizcaya.org or engage on social media.