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Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) moving to the Pauley Center

The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is moving its office to the Pauley Center on the campus of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

The office at 200 S. 3rd St. will be closed as of December 22, and the new office will open on January 3. The move will allow greater collaboration between VAM and VMFA on statewide initiatives serving museums.

“It feels like going home,” VAM Executive Director Margo Carlock said. VAM’s offices were located at VMFA from 1990-2004 with a brief stint at the Valentine-Richmond History Center during renovations to the Pauley Center. VAM moved to its current location on the campus of NewMarket Corporation during the building of VMFA’s new James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing.

“NewMarket has been a wonderful landlord and partner,” VAM President Joe Gutierrez said. “Their support for Richmond’s nonprofit community is outstanding, and we very much appreciate the assistance they have given us over the past eight years.” The former location for VAM includes the offices of several nonprofit organizations.

VAM and VMFA share a mission to serve the museums and the people of the Commonwealth. This renewed partnership will allow them to work more closely together and will bring immediate access for VMFA staff and statewide partners and VAM’s staff and members to both organizations’ resources, programs and outreach activities. VMFA’s Deputy Director for Art & Education, Robin Nicholson, serves on the VAM Council.

“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was pleased to host VAM once before in the 1990s,” VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said, “and we are delighted to welcome them back. I foresee many good synergies between our state museum and this impressive organization that connects more than 1000 members in Virginia and the District of Columbia.”

New Address and Contact Information
Mailing Address:
Virginia Association of Museums
3126 W. Cary St., #447
Richmond, VA 23221-3504

Telephone and Fax:
Margo Carlock, Executive Director: 804-358-3170
Jennifer Thomas, Deputy Director: 804-358-3171
Christina Newton, VCI Project Manager: 804-358-3172
Heather Widener, Communications Director: 804-358-3173
FAX line: 804-358-3174

About the Virginia Association of Museums
With nearly 1,000 members, VAM brings together individuals and institutions of the Virginia and D.C. museum community to further education and training, foster development, and provide support for museums and museum staff. Established in 1968, VAM gives cultural and historical sites in Virginia and the District of Columbia a forum to voice common concerns, share ideas, learn from each other, and grow stronger in the process.

The mission of the Virginia Association of Museums is to serve as the resource network of the Virginia and District of Columbia museum community through education, technical assistance, and advocacy.

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. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit

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