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 2017 (L-R): Barton Gordon, Vicki Hart, Kathryn Kies, Nancy Goodes, Peter J. Solomon, Susan R. Solomon, Sherry Johnson, Elizabeth Kehler, Marlene Hays, Suzanne Moore, Polly Levine, Bernard Duhaime, Susan Schoenfeld Harrington, Nancy Staniar. Photo by Krystal Kenney.

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
Marlene and Spencer Hays Foundation
Represented by Suzanne Moore

Janet Ayers
John Demsey
Benjamin Doller
Frank Garrison
Nancy Goodes
Bart Gordon
Vicki Hart
Maureen Higdon
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Kathryn Kies
Robert Landau
Polly Levine
Margaret MacLean
Sammye Myers
Capera Ryan
Susan Schoenfeld-Harrington
Amy Sloane Pinel
Susan R. Solomon
Peter J. Solomon
Glenn Tilles
Alice Tisch

Honorary Board:

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


Verena Thornton, Executive Director
Sally Ketchum, Director of Institutional Advancement

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...


AFMO Autumn in Paris Gala

On October 19 – 22,  the American Friends Musée d’Orsay welcomed over 80 guests to walk with us through time and places and to discover private Paris homes, collections, and national treasures. We honored our patron Jeffrey Katzenberg at a gala evening at the museum’s Belle Epoque ballroom.  Surrounded by 130 guests, former Minister of […]

November 13, 2017