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Biden appoints NC woman to National Museum and Library

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Allison Perkins served as executive director of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem for 16 years.

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — President Biden has named the executive director of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem to serve as a member of the board of trustees of national museums and library services.

Allison Perkins served as Executive Director of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art for 16 years.

In 2015, Perkins was appointed Associate Provost at Wake Forest University for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens.

Perkins said she was honored to have been one of 11 people appointed to the National Board of Directors.

“I am honored to be appointed to the National Board of Museum and Library Services,” said Perkins. “I firmly believe in the power of museums and libraries to arouse curiosity and the desire to learn. Such community spaces enhance our lives and broaden our horizons, strengthening our ability to understand the wider world. I spent the first half of my career as an art museum educator, and that experience permeates everything I do as a museum and university administrator. My belief in the power of education is deeply rooted in how museums can help people learn, imagine, and discover personal purpose. I am honored by the distinct privilege of being invited to serve on the board of an organization that celebrates the impact of museums and libraries.

Throughout Perkins’ 39-year career, she has been an integral part of several art museums that have received grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Reynolda becomes a destination for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to experience belonging through peaceful contemplation, play, work and learning. Reynolda’s affiliation with Wake Forest University has evolved through several stages, and the historic property and the school share common ground for the greater good of humanity.

Perkins strives to uphold the institution’s mission of connecting people with the beauty and complexity of American history through the integration of art, nature, and history.

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