The following individuals have been nominated by the Delaware Art Museum’s Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as Museum Trustees. Museum Members are invited to vote on these nominations at the Annual Member’s Meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
Born in Philadelphia, Bruce Katsiff studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute earning BFA and MFA degrees after graduating from Central High School. He completed postgraduate studies at Oxford University.
His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. For 25 years he taught photography and was a college arts administrator.
From 1989-2012, Katsiff served as Director/CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County. Currently, he serves as a peer accreditation and MAP reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums and teaches in the graduate Museum Leadership Program at Drexel University.
He has served on many boards of cultural institutions and currently chairs the board of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Bruce and his wife Jo divide their time between a home and studio in Bucks County and an apartment in Philadelphia.
Wesley Memeger, Ph.D.
Wes obtained his BS degree in Chemistry from Clark College (Atlanta) in 1961 and a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from Adelphi University (Garden City, NY) in 1966. He joined the Pioneering Research Laboratory, Fibers Department of the DuPont Company, in 1965. He spent the next the next 24 years in the Pioneering Research Laboratory, followed by eight years in the Central Research Department. During his years at DuPont, Memeger made a number of contributions to the company’s business including uncovering the first solvent used in manufacturing Kevlar® aramid polymer. He has authored a number of publications and patents in polymer preparation and processing and retired from DuPont as a Research Fellow in 1997.
During his professional life as a chemist, Memeger and his wife Harriet became avid collectors of art. This endeavor led, eventually, to his studying and making art under the tutelage of Charles Rowe (UD), Eo Omwake (Delaware Art Museum), and artist Grace McFarren (Wilmington, DE). Soon after his retirement, Wes presented his art derived from the square in a 3-man show Alter Ego at the Blue Streak Gallery. Following this show in 2000, he has had several one-man and group shows at the Blue Streak and other Wilmington galleries. His work has received positives reviews in Art Matters.
Memeger’s works can be found in a number of private collections in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. His Variation on Square and Hemicycle (Fiat Lux) was a major commission for Laurel, the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in the State of Delaware.
Over the years, he has developed an intense interest in art advocacy and has served on a number of boards of Wilmington arts organizations. These include the Delaware Symphony where he served as Chairman of the Music Committee, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Art, Distant Voices Touring Theatre, and the Christina Cultural Art Center. He was presented with the latter’s Christi Award in 2007.