Tuesday, April 22, 2008

CSUSB museum secures future

San Bernardino Sun (Michael Sorba)

The home of the largest display of Egyptian artifacts west of the Mississippi River was recently awarded the American Association of Museums' highest recognition - accreditation.

The Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum at Cal State San Bernardino was awarded the distinction in March, which makes it one of only five museums in the Inland Empire and 775 in the nation to receive such recognition.

"The university's art museum displays a world-class collection long deserving of high recognition," said Eri Yasuhara, dean of the university's College of Arts and Letters. "Through the hard work and dedication of its staff and volunteers, the ... museum has risen to new heights as an invaluable cultural asset to our community."

The association is an organization that represents museum professionals and volunteers who work for and with museums. It also represents more than 3,000 museums nationwide.

Accreditation is an extensive process that examines all aspects of a museum's operations, a statement from Cal State said.

To earn accreditation, museums conduct a year of self-study and then undergo a three-day site visit by a team of peer reviewers. It typically takes three years for a museum to complete the process, the statement said.

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