National Museum Leader Joins Art-Care

Washington, D.C. - Art-Care, the only comprehensive on-line source of art-service professionals, has announced that Edward H. Able, the former President and CEO of the American Association of Museums (AAM), has joined Art-Care as Senior Director and Advisor.

Judith Watkins Tartt, founder of Art-Care, in a statement for the press noted that Ed Able’s enormous knowledge, universal respect, and superb experience will bring a new level of effectiveness as Art-care seeks to better serve individuals who hold art and other material culture under private ownership. She noted that, “Ed is one of the most widely known and respected professionals in the cultural and non-profit fields and his values and commitment to preserving society’s material culture is totally aligned with the mission of Art-Care.”

In commenting on his new association with Art-Care, Able provided his views:
“For more than twenty years, my job and my passion were the stewardship of the material culture held in trust for the public by America’s museums.  However, I have always been very mindful of the greater amount of cultural material that is held in private hands. Protection and stewardship are extremely important in both domains.  Art-Care is the first comprehensive effort to assist the broadest array of private owners in fulfilling their responsibility of preserving our cultural heritage and it is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I begin my role in this enterprise.”

For almost 40 years, Able was CEO of non-profit organizations and associations.  Most recently he served for 20 years as the President and CEO of the American Association of Museums from 1986 to 2006 where he led the organization to become the most influential and largest cultural association in the world. He has been recognized for many years as a major leader in the wider non-profit community and was named by the “Non-profit Times” as one of its Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential leaders in the non-profit field for nine years. He has served on the boards of The National Center for Non-profit Boards (BoardSource) where he was a founder of the organization and served for 13 years as a board member, the American Society of Association Executives(ASAE), the National Humanities Alliance, the National Cultural Alliance and Independent Sector (The national association representing the largest charitable and philanthropic organizations in the country.)  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and was awarded the Society’s highest award, the Key Award, for outstanding performance and contribution to the field of association management.  In addition, he has been presented with life-time achievement awards by several associations of museums, The Chairman’s Medal from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other awards. He was appointed by the Secretary of State to serve as a member of the US Commission on the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  Mr. Able is a frequent speaker and media source on museums and non-profits and has been a leader in the areas of governance, ethics and public accountability for non-profits.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.   He now pursues a career in consulting with museums, associations, foundations and philanthropic organizations

Art-Care, founded in 2005 by Senior Conservator, Judith Watkins Tartt, is a unique on-line resource for a complete array of Service Providers including conservators, appraisers, insurance companies, art shippers and others who serve private individuals and public institutions.  The mission of Art-Care is:

MISSION: Support the stewardship, preservation and protection of art and other material culture under private ownership by connecting owners with highly qualified service providers

GOALS: Support public  institutions by providing an objective and unbiased source to which they can refer private owners for a variety of art service professionals and companies.

Support individual citizens in good stewardship, preservation and conservation of material culture held under private ownership by providing a centralized source for an array of highly qualified service-providers. .

Support highly qualified private service professionals and companies in connecting with private owners of art and other material culture..

Serve as a comprehensive educational source to assist the general public
in making sound decisions and taking appropriate actions in the preservation and stewardship of privately held art and material culture.

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