Alex Nyerges, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, talks about the museum’s focus on accessibility, relevance and excitement.
Alex Nyerges, in his sixth year as director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, is responsible for the management of the museum’s recent expansion and renovation; the enhancement of statewide services and programs to fulfill the institution’s mandate as Virginia’s museum; the completion of a revenue-based business plan for the museum’s future and the approval and advancement of exciting special exhibitions.
Mr. Nyerges came to VMFA from the Dayton Art Institute, where he was director and CEO. Prior to Dayton, he was executive director of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and of the De Land Museum of Art in Florida.
Mr. Nyerges organized the exhibitions “Edward Weston: A Photographer’s Love of Life,” a major retrospective that traveled internationally, and “In Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West,” which traveled nationwide. Among the many other exhibitions he has organized are two major traveling exhibitions of art and artifacts from regional museums throughout China. He writes and presents lectures on photography.
Mr. Nyerges is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and serves on the Mentoring Task Force. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and past Program Chair for AAMD. He serves as an Accreditation Field Reviewer for the American Association of Museums. Mr. Nyerges is a member of the Forum Club, an Advisory Board Member of the Asian American Society of Central Virginia, a member of the Mayor’s Richmond Real Estate Task Roundtable and the Mayor’s Tourism Commission, and is an Affiliate Graduate Faculty Member at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mr. Nyerges received a master’s degree in museum studies and an undergraduate degree with a double major in American civilization and in anthropology/archaeology from George Washington University. He is married to Jane Kathryn Gray with one son, Robert.
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