ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Museum of Art Board of Trustees voted unanimously
accept Paula Bacon Williams appointment as the permanent Executive Director for the AMA.
Williams served as the Museum's Director from 1987-1993 and was responsible for leading the Museum through its first Accreditation. Of the more than 8,000 museums nationwide, less than 800 are accredited. The AMA is one of only 11 in Georgia to be accredited.
“It is such an honor to lead this fine institution which offers so much to the community in terms of economic development, tourism, and as a source of art education to an area that has very little opportunity to see art in its original form. Our art education program has been growing by leaps and bounds and it feels great to be a part of that,” said Williams. “This reconnection to the AMA feels both personal and historical,” said Williams.
AMA President Kirk Rouse, in expressing his enthusiasm about the appointment, cited Williams' prior years at the Museum and experience in marketing and communications. “The Museum will benefit from her experience, energy, openness, and passion both for art objects and for how people interact with them,” said Rouse. “In the nine-month period that Williams took the Interim position, the Museum has made major strides: with a sound financial footing, increased membership and an exciting education and exhibition schedule for the upcoming year.” Rouse, added, “Paula is a lady of tested ability, sound judgment and keen perception. She will serve well and bring credit to the museum.”
The Albany Museum of Art also announced at their board meeting Kirk Rouse was re-elected to a second term as Board Chairman; K.K. Snyder was named Vice President, Ripley R. Bell has been appointed Treasurer and Nealy Stapleton, Secretary. Nominating Chair, K.K. Snyder also announced that the Museum has elected four new Trustees, deepening its commitment of diversity and inclusion: Michael Mallard, Kelley Brim-Hollowell, Bruce Campbell and Silena Wingfield. At a prior meeting, Alfreda Shepphard, Parker Webb Douglas, Milan Patel, and Christie Cannon Cole were elected to serve on the board.
Founded in 1964, the Albany Museum of Art, located in Albany, Georgia, houses an impressive collection that includes 19th and 20th century American and European art as well as a substantial collection of sub-Saharan African art including masks, sculpture, pottery, textiles, and musical instruments. The Albany Museum of Art is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Albany Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM. Admission is free.