Members are at the heart of Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Today, we’re featuring Valerie Viglione who has lived in Fort Lauderdale since 1974, and has been a member since before PAMM’s new facility was built in 2013!  

How long have you been a member at PAMM and what drew you to the museum? 
I’ve been a member since before the new building was open. I was attracted to it when I heard who the architects were and read the promotional letter that went out at the very beginning of the process. The letter itself had an interesting design, and I’m glad I opened it that day. 

Valerie Viglione photographed with sculpture by Jaume Plensa, Looking Into My DreamsAwilda​. Installation in Museum Park.

What do you do? 
I have been a hairstylist for 40 years with my own salon called Valerie Style, and I am an expert on cooking and entertaining, connecting people to one another and bike riding.  

Are there any current podcast, books, or music you’d suggest reading or listening to right now? 
I’m currently listening to my favorite music, that I usually shampoo to. Right now that’s the new piano music from Brian Eno.  

Have you attempted any at home recipes? How’d it turn out? 
My favorite recipe during quarantine was one of a sticky chocolate banana bread, the other was homemade Kase Spaetzle. 

Why do you feel art is important, especially in Miami? 
Art is important as it is one thing that tickles our minds and unifies us. It opens us up to new ideas and stimulates us to change—first ourselves, then our world. 

What do you envision for PAMM in the future? 
PAMM’s future includes me, in whatever form it takes in the future. I am certain they will figure out exactly the right direction in which to go, and wherever that is I will be present. 

What is a phrase or mantra that you live by? 
My phrase to live by would be from John Cage, he had a treatise called “Rules to live by for Students and Teachers.” 

Valerie Viglione (right) with Bill Sanders (left) photographed at Pérez Art Museum Miami

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