Armand Brunet is not your typical artist. A veteran who spent three years in the U.S. Navy and three years in the Air Force, Armand has always been drawn to shape, color, symmetry and harmony. Those were also qualities he cultivated during his 40-year career as a landscape architect.
Following his military service, Armand attended Ohio State University on the GI Bill before attending Harvard University's prestigious Graduate School of Design, where he studied landscape architecture with many of the most significant figures in that field."For me, creating a beautiful landscape design — whether for a public park, a residence or a business — is no less an act of artistic creation than composing a symphony or writing a poem,"Armand said."It certainly takes every bit as much vision, planning and effort."
Armand's career as a landscape architect and his avocation as a patron of the arts intersect very neatly.A fan of opera and Broadway, he recently became a member of the Ovation Society, the Straz Center's exclusive group for donors who have remembered the center in their estate plans.
Armand has also supported the center's mission with a charitable gift annuity, a gift that provides donors with fixed income for life."The gift annuity provides me with the comfort of knowing I have a regular income, while also helping the Straz Center to continue its mission,"Armand said.
These two generous gifts will ensure that Armand's legacy of art — its creation and its appreciation — will live on.