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U.Va. Art Museum Director Receives Service Award From The American Association Of Museums

March 30, 2005 -- University of Virginia Art Museum Director Jill Hartz has received an Excellence in Peer Review Service Award from the American Association of Museums. This distinguished award honors individuals who have shown outstanding professional dedication and service to the museum field through the Museum Assessment Program and Accreditation Program. The award will be conferred during the AAM’s annual meeting in Indianapolis in May.

The Museum Assessment Program and Accreditation Program are tools provided by the AAM to assist museums in achieving excellence in their operations and in their service to communities. Both programs depend on peer reviewers for their success. Peer reviewers are selected for their broad knowledge of standards and best practices in the museum field and demonstrate a willingness to share their expertise and help advance the profession.

“We are tremendously proud of recipients of this seventh annual award,” said Edward Able Jr., president and chief executive officer of AAM. “We know their dedication and professionalism make a difference in their own museums. How fortunate for the field that they have made this commitment to help strengthen museums in communities across the country.”

Hartz was appointed director of the U.Va. Art Museum in 1997. Since that time, she has been instrumental in leading the museum to its first national accreditation, building the collection through major gifts and bequests, developing national traveling exhibitions and planning for a new museum facility.  

Hartz and four other museum professionals were selected to receive this honor from a list of 85 individuals nominated from more than 1,000 peer reviewers. The recipients were selected for their exceptional level of professionalism, dedication, diplomacy and service to the field.

The other recipients for the Excellence in Peer Review Service award are:

  • Susan Funk, vice president for education and public programs at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn.
  • Jane MacKnight, registrar for the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jeanne Niccolls, manager of the Historic Artifact Collection in Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax, Va.
  • Bill Worthen, director and CEO of the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Ark.

The AAM, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the national service association representing the American museum community. AAM provides identification and dissemination of standards and best practices, direct services, leadership on museum issues, and representation in the area of government and public affairs. Since its founding in 1906, AAM has grown to more than 16,300 members, including more than 11,400 museum professionals and trustees, 3,000 museums and 1,900 corporate members.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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