Silvana Foti, executive director for the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University, in Fayetteville, NC, recently accepted an invitation to become a peer reviewer for the Accreditation Program and Continuum of Excellence Team for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
As a peer reviewer, Foti will support the accreditation and Museum Assessment Program by conducting site visits, facilitating institutional planning processes and reviewing museum self-assessment materials. In particular, Foti will focus on assessing a museum’s community engagement and leadership skills.
“Needless to say, I am absolutely delighted to be chosen to be a part of this museum organization,” Foti said.
The Museum Assessment Program began in 1981 and has helped more than 4,600 small and mid-sized museums meet their needs while also helping them strengthen their operations and discuss plans for the future.
The museum assessment process takes about a year and consists of self-assessments, institutional activities and conductive peer reviews, in which Foti will participate. AAM has been bringing museums together since 1906 with the goal of uniting organizations like art museums, botanical gardens, zoos and historical sites, among others.
Silvana Foti is an accomplished artist and professor who served as the chair of Methodist University’s Department of Art for 29 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and Meredith College, and other degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Youngstown State University. She is affiliated with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Curators, the College Arts Association of America, the North Carolina Art Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society.
Foti is a practicing artist best known for her expertise in printmaking. Her personal works are on display in 34 public collections and 45 private collections. She has served as the executive director of the David McCune International Art Gallery since 2012 and has organized nine unique art exhibitions at Methodist University since the gallery’s inception.
Methodist University is an independent four-year institution of higher education with more than 2,400 students from 41 states and 69 countries. Methodist University offers 80 majors and concentrations, four master’s degree programs, one doctoral level program, 80 clubs and organizations, and 20 NCAA III intercollegiate sports.