The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) recently announced the election of Lynette L. Allston as Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. In the institution’s 86-year history, Allston is the first Native American to hold the position and, according to a press release, the first chairman of the board of trustees of a top 10 American art museum.
Allston is the current Chief and Chairman Emeritus of the Tribal Council of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, “one of 11 tribes officially recognized by the Commonwealth”.
“We are extremely excited to have Lynette as Chair of the Board,” said Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of VMFA. “Through her many accolades in Virginia’s diverse Native American community, Lynette will not only be a great leader, but will help ensure that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a museum that embraces all visitors.”
The statement also notes that Allston has served on the VMFA board of directors since 2017 as a member of several committees, and in 2021 she advised the external affairs committee to develop the VMFA’s land recognition, installed in November. of the same year.
“I am thrilled and honored to be elected chairman of the board,” said Allston, a Duke University graduate with a degree in history and a certification in secondary education. “The [VMFA] tells the story of people and their cultures through art, and I hope to continue to offer insights into the rich cultural heritage of Virginia and the country.
According to biographical information: Allston spent his formative years on the family farm in Drewryville, Virginia. After two decades of business ownership and civic engagement in Columbia, South Carolina, she retired to her family farm. Allston is also co-author of the book “DoTraTung,” about the history and culture of the Nottoway Indians, in addition to serving as chairman of the board of directors of the Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland, Va., one of 24 art from VMFA. museum partners across the state.