Chrysler Museum of Art

Norfolk, Virginia

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Honors Chrysler Museum of Art

The Chrysler Museum of Art is the proud recipient of a $112,500 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in support of general operating expenses. The highly competitive grant went to 186 museums across the country, less than 20 percent of total grant applicants. The Chrysler was one of six select winners - and the only art museum - in Virginia. Grant amounts are equal to 15 percent of the museum's operating budget. The Chrysler received the maximum dollar figure which is to be spent over a two-year period.

Outstanding performance in all areas of museum operations must be demonstrated by the museums that are awarded a General Operating Support grant. Like all applicants, the Chrysler performed a complete self-evaluation, involving every aspect of operations. Each application was evaluated by a committee of museum professionals with an average of 13 years of experience.

William Hennessey, director of the Chrysler had this to say about the honor: "The award of an IMLS general operating support grant is wonderful news for the Chrysler - clear and positive evidence that members of the Museum profession, our peers, recognize the excellence not just of our collection, exhibitions, and programs but of every aspect of our operations."

The IMLS is a Federal grantmaking agency located in Washington, D.C. that strengthens the nation's museums and libraries. The General Operating Support program is a priority program for the Institute, since operating support is continually cited as the most difficult type of funding for museums to raise. Nationally recognized as awards for excellence, General Operating Support grants help recipients leverage other funding.

Diane Frankel, director of the IMLS, commented, "Since 1978, IMLS General Operating Support has taken a substantial role in encouraging the best in museum practice. The grant provides national recognition for museums that have the highest approval of their peers. It is a stamp of achievement that sparks vital public-private partnerships. Museums will use these awards to do what they do best: educate, fascinate, inspire, illuminate, inform, enhance and enrich the lives of hundreds of thousands of visitors each year."

One reviewer's comments were most encouraging and laudatory: "The exceptional collections of the Chrysler Museum of Art are a real tribute not just to Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., but the vision of the museum and its curatorial staff. The new director brings to the equation a new sense of balance and direction and this can only help an institution which already has a considerable degree of direction and balance. The most impressive area of this museum is its collection and the growth of the collection. This focus should be commended and continued with emphasis."

rev. 11/22/10

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