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Albright-Knox to Join in Association of Art Museum Directors’ Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2011

May 12, 2011

Buffalo, NY – The Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced today that it will offer free admission and a 20% discount on memberships on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day. Coinciding with International Museum Day, Art Museum Day will focus on the theme of "museum and memory." Participation by AAMD member museums emphasizes the lasting impact art museums have on their communities, highlight the value of visual arts in society, and provide new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs that art museums offer. In 2010, ninety AAMD member museums across North America participated in the initiative.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Gallery on May 18, even if they only have time for a short visit; admission will be free of charge. Anyone opening a new membership that day will automatically receive a 20% discount.

In announcing the Gallerys participation in this world-wide program, Gallery Director Louis Grachos said "Art Museum Day is a great opportunity to visit the Albright-Knox and experience the wonders of the Gallery and the incredible exhibitions that are currently on view, drawn from our stellar Collection. If you havent been to the Gallery in a while, it is a great day to visit. I hope that people will think about visiting some of the other great visual arts organizations in our area too, like CEPA, Hallwalls, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. We are delighted to participate in this great initiative."

AAMD member museums located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico include smaller regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMDs Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOMs global celebration of museums.

"Art Museum Day is an opportunity to celebrate the collective memory of human creativity, both past and present, that art museums hold in the public trust," said Kaywin Feldman, President of AAMD and Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is joining with us and the global community of museums to create new opportunities for audiences to engage with museum collections and programs."

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available in the newsroom of the AAMD website.