Starting with the 2010 Annual Art Auction, we provided information, materials, and access to all local (North Shore) media outlets, consisting of daily and weekly newspapers. Only two weeks into the initiative, when the Auction was held, we generated so much coverage that at least 150 people walked in who only knew about the event through publicity.
The next major PR milestone was the annual Encaustic Painting Symposium, hosted by the college since 2007. As the event was launching, a famous painting by artist Jasper Johns, done in the encaustic medium, sold for $26.5 million — a record for an American work of art — all of which proved very attractive to the media.
Dr. Immerman agreed to an interview by the Boston Business Journal that resulted in a full page, full color article that had a direct impact on alumni and general giving to the college.
Class of 2011 graduate Corinne Reid was recognized by the national Society of Illustrators with a $5,000 scholarship, for which she bested more than 10,000 entrants from all over the country. Publicity pickup thanks to our efforts — even in New York media — was impressive.
2011’s PR efforts were capped by an unusual symposium called “For the Record,” a multi-day event displaying how artists expressed their feelings about war and conflict. One of the most moving — and popular — pieces in the exhibition was “September” by world-famous painter Gerhard Richter. Almost a month before the event, the Boston Globe’s art reviewer did a FULL PAGE on the painting, and of course covered the upcoming symposium in the art section.