Virginia Association of Museums Announces New International Relationship

Richmond, Va.—The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is pleased to announce we have been selected to serve as the administrative manager of FRAME North America.  The French Regional American Museum Exchange (FRAME) is a consortium of 26 major museums in France and North America (including our own Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) that promotes cultural exchange in the context of museum collaborations. FRAME fosters partnerships among its member museums to develop innovative exhibitions, educational and public programs, and professional exchanges among museum staff, and maintains a bi-lingual website to reach global audiences. “FRAME’s members, both in France and North America, are excited about VAM and its management of our future. We are impressed with VAM’s many accomplishments in Virginia and are excited to now take that success to the international arena,” says Alex Nyerges, executive director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and member of the FRAME Executive Committee.

Tracy Gillespie, VAM’s president, adds “FRAME is going to be a wonderful experience for VAM. Working with the members of FRAME will provide an opportunity to build relationships with the broader art museum community and bring us increased recognition throughout the national and international museum community, while supporting VAM's operating budget.”
“VAM’s primary commitment continues to be to its members and to the Virginia and DC museum community as a whole,” confirms VAM’s executive director, Jennifer Thomas. “This new relationship will enable us to become a more powerful voice for our members, and will give us additional insight into art museums so that we may better serve our Virginia art museum and arts organization members.”

The administrative service contract with FRAME North America begins in January 2014, and will enable VAM to hire a new full time staff person who will devote his or her energies to FRAME and to VAM's members.