Our Mission

AFMO raises public awareness and financial support for the revitalized Musée d’Orsay and its sister institution the Musée de l’Orangerie, and encourages gifts of art to these museums. Patrons of AFMO support the museum’s newly enhanced exhibition program, education, conservation of the collection, and the modernizing of its galleries. Our members support cultural enrichment for the museums’ more than three million annual visitors from around the world.


Board of Directors, October 2012 (L-R): Spencer Hays, Sarah Miller Benichou, Peter Solomon , Alice Tisch, Sherry Johnson, Susan Solomon, Susan Tolson, Bernard Duhaime, Catherine de Jong, Mary Emory, Annie Pleshette. Photo by Anastasia Nielson

Board of Directors:

AFMO’s Board of Directors contribute their skills and professional experience in fields such as marketing, law, finance, grant writing, fundraising, and art expertise, to support the goals of the organization and to provide oversight of its administration and financial condition. Many of the board members live either part or full-time in Paris.

Elizabeth Kehler
Sherry Johnson
Vice-Chair France
Nancy Staniar
Vice-Chair USA
Bernard Duhaime

Janet Ayers
Elizabeth Bernardaud
John Demsey
Benjamin Doller
Frank Garrison
Nancy Goodes
Bart Gordon
Vicki Hart
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Kathryn Kies
Robert Landau
Polly Levine
Sammye Myers
Capera Ryan
Susan Schoenfeld-Harrington
Susan R. Solomon
Peter J. Solomon
Glenn Tilles
Alice Tisch
Susan M. Tolson

Honorary Board:

Richard Brettell
Mary Emory
Renee Johnson
Jeff Koons LLC
Seonaid McArthur
Jane Robert


Verena Thornton, Executive Director

We Support
  • Exhibitions and collection exchanges in France and in the USA
  • Education
  • Capital improvements to enhance the experience of museum visitors
  • Acquisitions & Conservation
Grants to the Museum
Marcie-Rivière Collection

Marcie-Rivière Collection

In January 2016, the Musée d’Orsay received the Zeïneb and Jean-Pierre Marcie-Rivière Collection...


Sad News

Please read the French Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay’s tribute to Spencer Hays and The New York Times’ article.  

March 6, 2017