9 October 2007
The Association of College and University Museums &
Galleries (ACUMG), which represents over 400 institutions across the country,
joins the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) in its statement of
condemnation for the proposed sale of four paintings from Randolph Collegeís
Maier Museum of Art in order to bolster the general endowment fund.
Further, ACUMG also questions the methodology used to remove the works from the
Maier Museum of Art.
Counter to the formal communications issued by the
Presidentís Office at Randolph
College, there has been
little transparency in the discussions and no credence given to the
recommendations given by arts and culture professionals engaged to advise the
process. Such a position by the Trustees and the President
significantly impact the ability of the Maier Museum of Art to be accreditable by the American Association of Museums
(AAM). It also significantly compromises the future leadership of the
museum since no credible professional would take a position with the knowledge
that the permanent collection is viewed as a savior for fiscal issues affecting
Art and cultural collections - in the public trust under the
aegis of academic museums - support the pedagogical program of the
college's mission. Thus, the value of a Randolph College
education has been compromised by this decision. Such an action is
counter to the ethical and professional standards established by the museum
field and sets a dangerous precedent that threatens the viability and integrity
of all university collections.
We stand ready to help the institution navigate this issue
which has an impact that is greater than the perceived economic benefits.
On behalf of the ACUMG Board of Directors and Membership
Lisa Tremper Hanover
c/o Philip and Muriel
of Art at Ursinus