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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Announces Linda Lipscomb as New Deputy Director for Advancement

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced the appointment of Linda Lipscomb as the new deputy director for advancement beginning September 1, 2011.

As the leader of the museum’s development team, Lipscomb will work toward raising unrestricted money, which supports museum operations, exhibitions and education funding, as well as endowments and special projects. VMFA Development also oversees the John Barton Payne and Heritage societies, which support art donors and planned giving, respectively.

“The Virginia Museum is currently experiencing unprecedented growth and visitation as a result of the reopening last year and the blockbuster Picasso exhibition this spring,” Director Alex Nyerges said. “We are pleased to welcome such a valuable member to our team as we continue to strive to bring world-class exhibitions to the Commonwealth.”

Continual fundraising efforts are essential in determining the exhibitions that occur at VMFA, Nyerges said. The museum conducted a national search for the new director.

Lipscomb is moving to Richmond from Dallas, Tx., where she has been the Dallas Museum of Art’s associate director of development since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She served as the director of development at the American Red Cross and previously was a sales and marketing executive with American Airlines.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. General admission is always free.

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