Michael R. Taylor has been appointed Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). He'll start in August. Michael will oversee the division of art and education: VMFA's curatorial, exhibition, and education departments, as well as the library and statewide programs.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in Richmond, has an acclaimed collection of American, British Sporting, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary artworks. The museum is open 365 days a year, and admission is always free. They expanded their facility--it looks gorgeous--in 2010, launching an organizational transformation.
"We are extremely fortunate to have a museum leader of Michael's caliber join our senior leadership team," says VMFA Director Alex Nyerges in a press release dated May 21. "His curatorial experience, scholarly credentials and reputation in the international arena will help move the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to an even higher place in the world of national and global art museums.
"He comes to us as we adopt a bold and ambitious strategic plan."
Michael said, "I am absolutely delighted and deeply honored to join VMFA, an institution that I have long admired for its world-class collections, singular exhibitions, and remarkable educational programs."
Indeed, VMFA offers many educational activities and studio classes for all ages, as well as a Statewide Partnership program of traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the state. Check out their beautiful space and exhibitions at VMFA's website.
Michael has an international reputation as an outstanding museum administrator, curator, author, and expert on modern and contemporary art. His commitment to education as an essential component of a museum's role makes Michael an exceptional asset. Beyond these gifts, Michael also brings a rare ability to engage people, sparking excitement and enthusiasm in the community.
We're thrilled for Michael--and for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.