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Portland Art Museum boss to helm AAMD for a year.


COURTESY: PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum, will also be President of the Association of Art Museum Directors for the next year.

Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum, has been appointed President of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). His one year term began May 25, 2016

“For me, AAMD has always been a source of knowledge, professional development, shared learning and camaraderie,” Ferriso said in a release Tuesday. “It is a powerful group of leaders that continues to evolve to enrich, inspire and educate our respective communities. I feel privileged to be a part of AAMD, especially during its centennial year, and to help influence its future.”

Ferriso previously served as AAMD vice-president and secretary.

“Brian has been instrumental in shaping and guiding the development of AAMD’s new strategic plan, and now his presidency will mark the first year of its implementation,” said Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, outgoing AAMD President and Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art.

“He will help guide AAMD into the future, all the while reaffirming our commitment to the Association’s core values.”

Ferriso arrived at the Portland Art Museum in 2006. He outlined three areas of focus

art, access, and accountability. He called for the Museum to offer art of quality and importance, access to all regardless of economic or cultural status, and strong fiscal accountability.

The Association of Art Museum Directors advances the profession by cultivating leadership capabilities of directors, advocating for the field, and fostering excellence in art museums.

Ferriso holds a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College, an M.A. in arts administration from New York University, and an M.A. in art history from the University of Chicago.