About

Group of Directors at Membership ExhibitionThe Society of the Four Arts was founded in 1936 to offer quality cultural programming to the growing resort community of Palm Beach. Each season, The Four Arts offers a dynamic lineup of cultural programming, including notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions. The campus is home to beautiful sculpture and botanical gardens, a library and children’s library, and a state-of-the-art educational facility. The Four Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity and all programs are open to the public.

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building, designed by famed architect Addison Mizner, is home to a gallery that features a diverse and ever-changing schedule of traveling art exhibitions. The building also includes a 700-seat auditorium with top-of-the-line sound and lighting for concerts, lectures and films. The auditorium is home to the popular live broadcasts of Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD and National Theatre of London productions, offered throughout the season.

The Four Arts King Library boasts a collection of more than 70,000 publications, periodicals, DVDs and other media. Lively book discussion groups take place several times a month and are open to the public at no charge. The library serves as the town library for Palm Beach, but memberships with borrowing privileges are available to all book lovers whether they live on the island or not.

The Children’s Library invites children and families to borrow books and use computers free of charge. A free story time program is offered twice a week for preschool-aged children and special events for children of all ages are offered throughout the year. In addition to enjoying stories and singing songs, children participate in games and crafts to complement the story time theme of the day.

The Four Arts’ newest facility, the Dixon Education Building, is home to Campus on the Lake cultural education programs. The landmarked building was originally built in the 1920s as Palm Beach’s public school building. In 2013 the building was renovated and revitalized by the Four Arts, preserving the facility’s landmarked exterior while modernizing the interior for 21st-century learning. With classrooms, an art studio and even an apartment for a visiting artist, the Dixon Education Building serves as South Florida’s home for lifelong learning.

The Four Arts Botanical Gardens are demonstration gardens designed in 1938 to help new arrivals to South Florida who were struggling with gardening in the state’s tropical climate. Seven demonstration gardens illustrate different styles of landscaping and information on drought and heat tolerant plants.

Adjacent to the botanical gardens is the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, which showcases carefully selected sculptures in an outdoor museum-like setting. With welcoming pergolas and a large garden pavilion, the Hulitar Sculpture Garden has become a top destination for visitors to South Florida. The gardens are open seven days a week, and there is no charge for admission.

For more information about the hundreds of exciting programs offered at The Four Arts browse our schedule of events.

The Esther B OKeeffe Gallery Building

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building
Box Office

2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-7226

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (September through October)
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November through April)
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. (November through April)

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The Gioconda and Joseph King Library

The Gioconda and Joseph King Library

3 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-2766

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10.a.m to 1 p.m. During Season (November through April)
Closed Sundays
Closed Wednesdays during August

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The John E Rovensky Administration Building

The John E. Rovensky Administration Building

2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-7227

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The Four Arts Children’s Library

The Four Arts Children’s Library

2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-2776

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. During Season (November through April)
Closed the month of August

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden

The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden and Four Arts Botanical Garden

Seven days a week
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

The Dixon Education Building

The Dixon Education Building

240 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 805-8562

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (October through May)
Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (June through September)
Closed Mondays and Fridays June through September

See the Calendar for Holiday hours

From Interstate 95, take the Okeechobee Boulevard exit east toward Palm Beach.

After crossing the Royal Park Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway from West Palm Beach into Palm Beach, make the first left turn onto Four Arts Plaza.

PARKING

Free parking is available at the Society of the Four Arts. Additionally, The Palm Beach Town Manager has approved extended use of 2-hour parking locations to assist with the parking needs of the Four Arts while the King Library is under renovation. To view locations in more specific detail, click here.  While attending popular events at the Four Arts, patrons will be permitted to utilize these additional spaces during the following dates and times only:

  1. Every Tuesday beginning January 9 through March 27, from 2:15pm to 4:30pm
  2. Thursdays, January 11, February 1, March 1 and April 5, from 9:15am to Noon
  3. Wednesday, February 28, from 9:15am to Noon

Call (561) 655-7226 for more information.

Visiting from out of town? Welcome!

Where to dine

Where to eat in Palm Beach

Cafe Boulud
(561) 655-6060
www.cafeboulud.com

The Chesterfield Palm Beach
(561) 659-5800
www.chesterfieldpb.com

Cucina Dell’ Arte
(561) 655-0770
www.cucinadellarte.com

Meat Market Palm Beach
(561) 354-9800
www.meatmarket.net

Nick & Johnnie’s Palm Beach
(561) 655-3319
nickandjohnniespb.com

PB Catch
(561) 655-5558
www.pbcatch.com

Surf Side Diner
(561) 659-7495

Toojay’s Gourmet Deli
(561) 659-7232
www.toojays.com

Where to eat in West Palm Beach

Malakor Thai Cafe
561-762-9070
www.malakor.com

Pistache French Bistro
(561) 833-5090
www.pistachewpb.com

Where to stay

Where to stay in Palm Beach

The Chesterfield Hotel
(561) 659-5800‎
www.chesterfieldpb.com

The Four Seasons
(561) 582-2800‎
www.fourseasons.com

The Brazilian Court
(800) 552-0335‎
www.thebraziliancourt.com

The Breakers Hotel
(561) 655-6611‎
www.thebreakers.com

Where to stay in West Palm Beach

Marriott West Palm Beach Hotel
(800) 376-2292‎

Hotel Biba
(561) 832-0094‎
www.hotelbiba.com

Doubletree Hotel West Palm Beach – Airport
(561) 689-6888‎
www.doubletree.com

David W. Breneman, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer

Donna Sprunger, Executive Assistant to the President

Arts Programing

Phillip J. Bergmann, Head of Music and Film Programing

Rebecca Dunham, Head of Fine Arts and Curator

Heidi Roth, Senior Administrative Assistant

Education

Sofia Vollmer Maduro, Director of Education

Stephanie Grant, Administrative Assistant

Donamarie Vallee, Senior Associate, Education

Libraries

Rachel Schipper, Ph.D., MLS, Director of Libraries

Susan Harris, MLS, Head of Children’s Library

Graham Brunk, MLIS, Technology Librarian

Jayne Dworman, Children’s Library Assistant

Betse Gori, MLS, Librarian, King Library

Amanda Kiernan, King Library Associate

Samantha Merigold, MLIS, Children’s Librarian

Phil O’Connell, Senior Associate, King Library

Melissa Rubin, Children’s Library Assistant

Communications and Development

Bridget Baratta, Director of Development

Ronda Pierson, Head of Development Operations

Amanda Jorgensen, Head of Communications

Lauren Fifarek, Head of Special Events

David Darby, Senior Associate, Communications

Kelley McNeil, Digital Communications Associate

Marilyn Mazur, Survey Associate

Finance and Administration

Kathy Mardambek, CPA, Director of Finance and Administration

Patron and Accounting Services

Debra Watson, Director of Patron and Accounting Services

Tricia Laimo, Administrative Assistant

Connie Roma, Administrative Associate

Elena Ernay, Administrative Receptionist

Nita Dahl, Gift Shop Coordinator

Jeanne Calamore, Box Office Receptionist

Lucy Cruz, Box Office Receptionist

Joan Castagnetti, Box Office Receptionist

Ashlee Hodges, Box Office Receptionist

Liz Lamont, Box Office Receptionist

Carmen Undiano, Box Office Receptionist

Buildings and Grounds

Ron Minnicks, Director of Facilities Management

Daniel Williams, Senior Assistant, Facilities Management

Diosmel Portales, Assistant, Facilities Management

Bob Lentendre, Assistant, Facilities Management

Staging and Technical Services

Phillip Barnes, Director of Staging and Technical Services

Ben Irene, Senior Associate, Technical Services

Elvio Salazar, Assistant, Technical Services

Publications

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The Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

Contact the box office at (561) 655-7226 to purchase tickets and confirm available seating.

Four Arts Seating Chart

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Executive Committee

Mrs. Edward E. Elson, Chairman
Dr. David W. Breneman, President
Ambassador W. L. Lyons Brown
Mr. Joseph P. Flanagan
Mr. Robert L. Forbes
Mr. William S. Gubelmann, Secretary
Dr. Randolph H. Guthrie, Vice Chairman
Mrs. Thomas E. Hassen, Vice Chairman
Mr. Patrick Henry, Vice Chairman
Mr. Barry Hoyt, Vice Charman
Mr. Gilbert C. Maurer
Mrs. John J. McAtee, Jr.
Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Mr. Henry P. McIntosh IV
Mrs. Mary M. Morse, Assistant Treasurer
Mr. David H. Scaff, Vice Chairman/Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
The Honorable Lesly S. Smith

 

Board of Trustees

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ainslie
Mrs. John William Annan
Mrs. Walter F. Ballinger
Mrs. Merrilyn Bardes
Dr. Diana Barrett and Mr. Robert Vila
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Beyer
Mrs. Ellen Hassenfeld Block
Mrs. W. Dale Brougher
Ambassador and Mrs. W. L. Lyons Brown
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Cohon
Mr. and Mrs. Denis P. Coleman, Jr.
Mr. Marvin H. Davidson
Mrs. J. Simpson Dean, Jr.
Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.
Mrs. John R. Donnell
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Donnelley
Mrs. Edith B. Eglin
Ambassador and Mrs. Edward E. Elson
Mr. Joseph P. Flanagan
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Forbes
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley N. Gaines
Mr. and Mrs. Peter N. Geisler
Mr. Peter N. Geisler, Jr.
Mrs. Robert M. Grace
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Gubelmann
Dr. and Mrs. Randolph H. Guthrie
Mrs. Edward A. Hansen
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hassen
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Henry
Ms. Heather Henry
Mrs. Samuel Heyman
Mrs. Louis O. Hilton
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Hoyt
Mrs. Page Lee Hufty
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hunt
Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Koch
Mr. and Mrs. William I. Koch
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Lauder
Ambassador and Mrs. Howard H. Leach
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Lickle
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Luter III
Mr. and Mrs. J. Peter Lyons
Mr. and Mrs. Lance D. Mahaney
Mrs. William H. Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Robin B. Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Grant E. Mashek
Mr. Grant Mashek
Mr. and Mrs. George G. Matthews
Mr. and Mrs. William M. Matthews
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Maurer
Mrs. Talbott Maxey
Mr. and Mrs. John J. McAtee, Jr.
Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. McIntosh IV
Mr. and Mrs. Leverett S. Miller
Mr. Ambrose K. Monell
Mr. and Mrs. Dudley L. Moore, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. David Hubbard Morrish
Mrs. Mary M. Morse
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Nyheim
Mr. David G. Ober
Miss Clare O’Keeffe
Mrs. William G. Pannill
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Papanicolaou
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Pohanka
Mr. Thomas C. Quick
Mr. Oliver Harrison Quinn
Mrs. Doyle Rogers
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Rogers
The Honorable and Mrs. Philip E. Ruppe
Mr. and Mrs. David H. Scaff
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Schuler
Mr. and Mrs. Randall D. Smith
The Honorable Lesly S. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Soter
Mrs. Robert L. Sterling, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Told, Jr.
Mrs. Meredith Townsend
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Wister, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Wood

 

Advisory Trustee

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Lickle
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Rogers

 

Trustee Emeritus

Mrs. W. Dale Brougher
Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.
Mrs. Robert M. Grace
Mrs. Philip Hulitar
Mr. and Mrs. William I. Koch
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Wister, Jr.

Assisted listening devices (ALDs) are available for no charge to patrons at the Society of the Four Arts and can be checked out for programs held in the Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium and Four Arts Hall in the Dixon Education Building. All of our ALDs are sanitized after each use and the covers replaced on the ear buds. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own headphones to use with our ALDs, which are compatible with all standard mini-plug or 1/8 in./3.5 mm jack headphones. Please note headphones that come with a microphone/headphone combination such as those provided with an iPhone are not compatible with our ALDs.

If you would like to check out a device for a performance or lecture, please visit the reception desk at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building or the Dixon Education Building. We only require that you leave your driver’s license or state issued I.D. with the box office before the program begins. Once you have returned the device, your driver’s license or state issued I.D. will be returned to you.

For more information or questions regarding our assisted listening devices systems please contact Phillip Barnes at 561-655-7227.

FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Exhibitions and Collections Assistant

The Society of the Four Arts seeks qualified applicants for the newly created position of Exhibitions and Collections Assistant.

Position Overview:

The Exhibitions and Collections Assistant reports to the Head of Fine Arts & Curator and assists with day-to-day and project-specific curatorial and registration functions and provides administrative support. The position assists with the research, documentation, care, presentation, and preservation of works of art in the Four Arts’ collection and works on loan displayed in traveling exhibitions. The position participates in all departmental activities and serves as the liaison with other departments and external parties.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

Exhibitions:

  • Downloads temporary exhibition file packages and creates hard copy files.
  • Creates and maintains collection-based exhibition hard copy and digital files.
  • Uploads files for exhibition audio tours.
  • Acquires estimates and submits work orders for exhibition didactic materials.
  • Assists with layout and design of exhibitions.
  • Assists with installations and de-installations of exhibitions.
  • Performs weekly inspections of objects on display for condition status.
  • Researches exhibition-related merchandise to sell in the Gift Shop.
  • Monitors and replenishes gallery guides, catalogues, and signage in exhibitions.
  • Monitors technology in exhibitions and coordinates technical assistance.
  • Manages exhibition tour schedule and gives tours of exhibitions.
  • Assists with the development and management of a new Docent/Volunteer Program.
  • Opportunities to curate small collection-based exhibitions.

Collections:

  • Assists with rotation of collection objects displayed in Four Arts’ buildings.
  • Performs regular inspections of collection objects displayed across the Four Arts’ campus, including the Botanical Garden and Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden.
  • Creates and uploads files for audio tours of the Sculpture Garden.
  • Monitors and replenishes Sculpture Garden guides and assists with updating guide.
  • Assists with creation of new Four Arts’ campus guide and audio tour.
  • Assists with processing acquisitions, deaccessions, and works on loan and creates new object and artist files.
  • Researches the collection and assists with cataloguing, handling, condition reporting, packing/unpacking, and shipping works of art.
  • Assists with annual inventories of the collection.
  • Updates collection inventory spreadsheet and maintains accurate location records.
  • Assists with implementing new collection management system (CMS) software.
  • Assists with developing and implementing new Collection Management Policy (CMS).
  • Assists with short-term and long-term storage solutions for the collection.
  • Manages ongoing project of digital photography of the collection.
  • Monitors and procures collection storage supplies.

Administrative:

  • Manages department’s files and archives.
  • Manages ongoing project of digitizing collection and exhibition records.
  • Monitors environmental controls in the galleries and collections storage areas.
  • Coordinates Art Committee meetings.
  • Completes and submits Event Memos.
  • Assists with the development of annual departmental budget.
  • Processes department’s invoices.
  • Assists with preparations for upcoming American Alliance of Museums (AAM) reaccreditation.
  • Serves as the main contact for public queries about the collection and exhibitions.
  • Arranges travel and guest accommodations for visiting scholars and artists.
  • Fosters relationships with the local art community, members, and donors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements for position:

  • Education: MA in Art History, Arts Administration, Curatorial/Museum Studies, History, or related field. Knowledge of the history of fine and decorative arts. Knowledge of current museum methodologies and best practices.
  • Work Experience: Two years’ experience in an arts-related non-profit and/or training.
  • Skills and Abilities: Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail. Strong research skills. Ability to write business correspondence, present information, and respond to questions from management, personnel, members, donors, and the general public. High degree of initiative and flexibility required. Ability to work collaboratively. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and collection management software. Demonstrated experience in safe handling and storage of artwork (2D and 3D).

Process details:

  • Position to be filled in early 2019 with anticipated start date around April 1st.
  • Full-time position with excellent benefits package.
  • Please submit your compensation level.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and CV with references by December 15th to rdunham@fourarts.organd include “Exhibitions and Collections Assistant” in the subject line.

PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

There are no openings at this time.

Commercial, Group, or Portrait Photography

We welcome and encourage you to take pictures of our beautiful gardens during your visit to The Four Arts. However, if you are interested in using the gardens for portraits, weddings, or similar photography, we ask that you first obtain permission. There is a $100 fee for all staged, formal, planned or professional photography.

Photography clubs or classes whose intention is to photograph the gardens are exempt from this fee but please make arrangements in advance of bringing your group to The Four Arts. For more information, call (561) 659-8506.

You must have an approved permit with you while taking photographs on the grounds of The Society of the Four Arts. Please check in at the library reception desk or with the security guard on duty, and present your approved photography permit.

Photography sessions must end by NO LATER THAN 4:45 p.m. Weather permitting the gardens are open daily from 10 to 5. In the event of rain, the gardens will close. There are no refunds but we are happy to reschedule sessions that were not completed due to weather. Please call (561) 659-8506 to reschedule your session within 30 days of your original permit date.

There are no public restrooms in the gardens. When open, restrooms are available in the King Library, Dixon Education Building, The Rovensky Admin Building and the O’Keeffe Gallery Building.

Check fourarts.org before your visit to confirm hours of operation for buildings and gardens.

For your safety, we do not allow alcoholic beverages in the gardens.


My children and I like to visit the gardens after story time. Do I need a permit to take pictures of them?
No. Photo permits are only required for those who are using the gardens for portrait sessions.

I am getting married and my friend is doing my pictures. Do I still need the permit?
Yes. All planned and staged photography sessions require a permit regardless of the professional status of the photographer.

I am getting married and would like to do a quick ceremony before our photos.
We do not allow wedding ceremonies or other private events.

I represent a non-profit organization and we would like to photograph our gala chairs in your garden. Is this possible?
Yes. You still need a permit, but we will waive the fee for registered 501(c)3 charities for photographic projects that are directly related to the mission of your organization. Please contact Katie Edwards at (561) 659-8506 for more information.

Why do you charge a photography fee?
The gardens are open to the public seven days a week and there is no charge for admission. In addition to the costs of regular maintenance, we also employ a security guard to ensure that our gardens remain safe and that your experience is enjoyable. While we do not charge for regular entry, this fee helps ensure that the gardens are not misused and remain an oasis for our community.


Note: Photography for publication, catalog use, promotion, advertising, or other commercial use requires advance arrangement with the Communications and Public Relations Department of the Society of the Four Arts.

For additional information, please contact us.

 

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