Women's Luncheon

Save the Date! 11th Annual Women's Luncheon
November 9, 2015

accomplishments of women in three professional fields at the museum’s 10th Annual Women’s
Luncheon entitled, “Designing Details: Cars, Clutches, and Collections.” The Women’s Luncheon,
held at the Hotel Roanoke, is an annual fundraiser celebrating women, art, and education. The money
raised supports the museum’s dynamic exhibition and curatorial programs. Awards are presented
annually, recognizing excellence in arts patronage and a commitment to arts education.
This year’s luncheon will take on a new and exciting format. Principle designers from Judith Leiber
Couture, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and the Museum of Modern Art will provide insight into
their unique careers in the art of design.

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An annual fundraiser celebrating women, art, and education. Proceeds benefit the museum’s dynamic roster of exhibitions and programming- presenting our community with art that has garnered national and international acclaim.

On November 10, 2014 the Taubman Museum of Art celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of women at the museum’s 10th Women’s Luncheon.  This year’s event included three guest speakers: Jana Matheson, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Judith Leiber Couture LTD, Alexandra “Sandy” McGill, Lead Designer, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and Juliet Kinchin, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art. WDBJ-7 Anchor and Multi-media Journalist Melissa Gaona introduced the panel of to an excited crowd of 450 guests.

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2014 Featured Speakers


Jana Matheson
Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Judith Leiber Couture

Over the last 14 years Matheson’s designs have been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, W, Marie Claire, and In Style. She has also had successful design partnerships with The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Mercedes Benz, Neiman Marcus + Target, Graff Diamonds and the estate of Marilyn Monroe.  Matheson is a firm believer in “as the sun sets, change your bag”, a philosophy that makes her a perfect fit for Judith Leiber Couture.  The legendary Leiber and Matheson share an innate creative prowess and an understanding of the luxury client.


Alexandra “Sandy” McGill
Lead Designer, BMW Group DesignworksUSA

Dividing her time between Los Angeles and Munich as a Lead Designer of Color, Materials and Finish (CMF) at BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Sandy McGill has literally left her mark on BMW group brands.  For DesignworksUSA external clients, she has developed color strategies for a variety of industries, and even designed her own top-selling carpet collection for Lees Carpet.  Recently, Sandy has been leading the BMW Individual Initiative, a program for BMW 6 and 7 Series clients who want to customize color, trim and paint in the context of BMW design.


Juliet Kinchin, Curator
Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA

In 2008, Juliet Kinchin joined The Museum of Modern Art as a curator in the department of architecture and design, focusing on the history of modern design. An internationally recognized specialist in the field, she has published books and articles, and helped organize exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. on the period from the Art Nouveau to the 1960s.  With extensive experience in academics and curation, Kinchin has worked in the US and the UK.  On view at MoMA through September 21, 2014 is Designing Modern Women 1890 - 1990, a show curated by Kichin demonstrating that “20th-century design was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women—as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers, and educators.”

 Award Recipients

Ann Fralin Award: Given annually at the Women’s Luncheon to a woman who has made extraordinary contributions in the arts and education. This year’s honoree is Judith Leiber.

“We are delighted to host three speakers this year who are leaders in their fields and industries. We’re also ecstatic to honor Judith Leiber, a renowned luxury designer whose work is featured in our permanent collection,” says museum Executive Director Della Watkins, “Leiber, born in Hungary in 1921, embodies what it means to be a powerful woman — a Holocaust survivor and successful founder of an international brand.” 

“I am delighted and honored to receive this most distinguished award from the Taubman Museum,” says Judith Leiber. 

Art Venture Award: Presented annually to recognize outstanding leaders in our community who support the arts, education, and volunteerism in partnership with the museum. This year’s recipient is Southwest Virginia Ballet.