Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) is one of only 39 accredited museums in Texas. The Art Museum is affiliated with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
“Museums enrich the culture of the communities they serve, and the Art Museum of South Texas brings excellent experiences and education to our many publics,” said university President Flavius C. Killebrew. “Accreditation by the American Association of Museums provides AMST outstanding recognition among our nation’s top museums, and we are very proud of this milestone in its history.”
AAM Accreditation is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. It earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence in governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM’s Museum Accreditation program strengthens the profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely and to provide the best possible service to the public.
“This national recognition is so important, because it shows our visitors and the larger community what many of us have always known – what a great treasure we have in the Art Museum,” said Dan Pedrotti, chairman of the Art Museum of South Texas. “I have been involved with the museum for over 30 years now, and I am very proud of our director and our staff for helping us to achieve this important status among the nationwide museum community.”
The Art Museum of South Texas has been located on the Corpus Christi Bayfront since 1972, in a building designed by Philip Johnson. An addition designed by Ricardo Legorreta in 2006 doubled the size of the museum. The Art Museum hosts educational programs, youth art classes and traveling exhibits throughout the year. Its 1,400-piece permanent art collection focuses on art of the Americas and of the region.