SCF to Participate in Museum Assessment Program

(Bradenton, Fla., May 16, 2013) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Fine Art Gallery has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) designed to assist museums in planning for the future and meeting national standards through a guided self-study and on-site consultation with museum professionals. The program is administered by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

A site visit of SCF's Fine Art Gallery will be conducted May 28-29 by Dr. William Eiland, AAM peer reviewer and director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. The public is invited to attend a free discussion with Eiland on May 28 at 5 p.m. at the SCF Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, followed by a public reception at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during the public reception.

"SCF has a long-standing commitment to arts education and performance along Florida's cultural coast. The Fine Art Gallery at SCF continues the tradition by connecting art, education and culture in the area," said SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld.

"Our goal is to be the region's most innovative venue that addresses art, interdisciplinary and cultural exhibitions. We are looking forward to the upcoming MAP site visit," said SCF Fine Art Gallery Manager Joe Loccisano.

During the site visit, the SCF Fine Art Gallery will feature "Modern Masters," a selection from the SCF art collection that includes newly acquired photogravures by Christian Marclay and prints by Leonard Baskin, Salvador Dali, Arthur Deshaise, Marcel Duchamp, Edvard Munch, Donald Saff, Theo Wujcik and others.

SCF's MAP team, led by Loccisano and Dr. Mike Mears, SCF Bradenton provost and vice president of baccalaureate programs, includes the following college faculty and staff: Tami Wash, project coordinator, facilities; Altay Özgener, associate professor, mathematics; Jamie Tracy, assistant professor, art, design, humanities; Peg Lowery, executive director, SCF Foundation Inc.; Dory Lock, SCF grants coordinator; Peg Beck, executive director, human resources; Dr. Mike Mears, vice president of baccalaureate programs and SCF Bradenton provost; Tracy Elliott, director, SCF library; and Allan Rogers, program coordinator, SCF Traffic Safety institute. Community participants include SCF Friends of the Museum.

MAP has served more than 4,300 museums since it was created in 1981. As part of the IMLS National Leadership program, MAP advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums.  Application to and participation in MAP is initiated by each local institution.

"Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement, public service and overall excellence on the part of the SCF Fine Art Gallery," said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. "Studies have shown America's museums to be among the country's most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better."

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