Virginia Shore is a curator and advisor, with extensive expertise in contemporary and modern art in all media. She established and led the first art acquisitions program for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE). She oversaw the commissioning of 79 new permanent art collections for embassies and consulates world-wide. She curated 55 of these collections while establishing new partnerships in 90 countries. Ms. Shore successfully expanded the Department's mission to include international artists. She managed AIE's historic Loan Exhibitions program, which grew from a $10 million annual loan value to more than $350 million under her leadership.
Virginia Shore has curated more than 200 international exhibitions for public and private collections, and overseen dozens of site-specific commissions. She has established relationships with hundreds of artists, architects, curators, foundations, dealers, collectors, and institutions around the world. A few of her projects include US embassy: London, Beijing, Moscow, Istanbul, Islamabad, Dakar, and Mumbai. Ms. Shore founded the first biennial “Medal of Arts" award at the State Department. The Medal has been awarded to twenty artists including; Julie Mehretu, Jeff Koons, Rachel Whiteread, Kiki Smith, Mark Bradford, Cai Guo-Qiang, Kehinde Wiley, Maya Lin, Imran Qureshi, Pat Steir, Nick Cave, Pedro Reyes, Xu Bing, Shazia Sikander and Jenny Holzer.
Ms. Shore is an arts advocate and a frequent lecturer and panellist with talks/presentations at the Phillips Collection, the Tate Modern, the Arts Club in Chicago, the Smithsonian Associates, the Aspen Institute, and numerous embassies worldwide. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Art History. Ms. Shore is a member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors.