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Judi Simboli Collins stands before a 1929 self-portrait painted by her uncle, Raymond Simboli, that is now part of Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection.


A legacy of love

Judi Simboli Collins inherited her love of Carnegie Museums from her family, which was immersed in both the arts and the museums.  “We made regular Sunday afternoon outings to Carnegie Museums when I was a little girl,” she remembers.  Her father, William Simboli, an architect, designed steel mills for Allegheny Ludlum Corporation.  Her uncle, Raymond Simboli, an artist, made his brother’s mills the subject of several of his paintings.  Raymond’s work appeared in four Carnegie Internationals between 1925 and 1934.  Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in his work, and a new Web site,, is devoted to him.  Works by both William and Raymond Simboli are now in the permanent collection of Carnegie Museum of Art. 

            Judi followed in their footsteps by studying at Carnegie Mellon, where she received a degree in textiles and design.  She is now an accomplished and respected painter whose work has been shown in local galleries including Mendelson and Bird in the Hand as well as in California and Switzerland.  ARTnews Magazine art critic Harry Schwalb wrote of Judi’s work in 1999, “With Collins’ work we find traditional landscape transformed by a 1990s sensibility…decorative, yet tough…realistic, yet abstract…dimensional, yet flat…filled with light, yet it is the light of a brilliant Broadway set design.”  She also has donated pieces to auction at fundraisers for the Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony, among others.   

            Her husband, Dr. Lawrence Collins, shares Judi’s love of the arts.  “We make visiting art exhibitions and galleries the centerpiece of our travels,” says Judi.  Some of their favorite destinations are the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.  “We’ve also visited museums in London, Paris, Tokyo, and Florence,” says Judi.  Nevertheless, she notes, “Carnegie Museum of Art is on a par with any museum anywhere in the world.”

            Judi and Larry recently increased their support of Carnegie Museums by becoming members of the Carnegie Patrons Circle, for those who make leadership gifts of $1,895 or more to Carnegie Museums’ annual sustaining fund.  They also just joined Carnegie Museum of Arts Collectors Forum.  “We just felt that we could be contributing more to the museums,” says Judi.  “Carnegie Museums has a quality and stature than brings so much to the city.”

            Judi also has carried on the legacy begun by her father and uncle by bringing, first, her children, and, now, her grandchildren, to Carnegie Museums for Sunday visits.  However, one of Judi’s favorite times to visit is whenever she has a few free moments between appointments in Oakland.  “I scoot over to see my favorites in the Museum of Art’s collection—Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet—those that are most meaningful in my own work.  I may look at no more than six paintings, but then I’m refreshed by seeing them again.”



Reciprocal Membership Gets Even Better!

Reciprocal membership provides you with free admission to nearly 30 museums of art and natural history, free general admission for up to four guests any time you visit Carnegie Museums, and eight free tickets to shows at Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater.  But Reciprocal membership just got even better.  You can now use your eight free Omnimax tickets for any of the Science Center’s special attractions, including UPMC SportsWorks or Laser Fantasy Shows.  Just present your tickets at the admissions counter and they will be redeemed for admission to the venue of your choice.  To upgrade your membership to the Reciprocal level, stop at any of our admissions or membership desks, or call Membership at 412.622.3314.



Additional 2001 Donor and Volunteer Leadership

Carnegie Museums recognizes with gratitude the following individuals who were mistakenly omitted from the special supplement celebrating 2001 donor and volunteer leadership that appeared in the May/June issue of CARNEGIE magazine.  We regret the error.



Director’s Society:  $5,000 - $9,999

            Howard* and Marilyn Bruschi

Curator’s Society:  $2,500 - $4,999

Mrs. John W. Wilson



Individuals:  $1,895 - $2,499

            Seddon* and Frances Bennington

Corporate, Foundation and Organization Donors:  $25,000+

            This heading mistakenly omitted the “+”.  Donor listed in this category

generously contributed $25,000 or more.


* Trustee/Board member



More than 350 of Carnegie Museums’ most loyal supporters and guests attended a special luncheon in April.  The honorees, who have been members of Carnegie Museums for at least 25 years, and their guests gathered in Carnegie Music Hall for a lecture by The Andy Warhol Museum director Thomas Sokolowski titled “Why People Like to Collect Things,” which complemented The Warhol’s recent exhibition, Possession Obsession: Objects from Andy Warhol’s Personal Collection.  Long-term members and their guests then enjoyed lunch in the Music Hall Foyer with president Ellsworth Brown, Carnegie  




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