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Security director speaks on Art Theft

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I.- November 17, 2008- The Director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will discuss, “Art Theft” on Friday, Nov. 21 at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar.

Anthony Amore’s lecture will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124 and is free and open to the public.

Amore will be discussing his work with the recovery of the 13 pieces of work that were stolen from the Isabella Gardner museum in Boston. He will talk about the problem of art theft in general, including the enormous scale of the issue, how it occurs, and why it is done. He will specifically refer to a number of infamous thefts as well as speak about the complexities of investigating the 1990 theft from the Gardner museum.

Amore has been the director of security since 2005, where he oversees the security and protection of the museum. He worked with the FBI to recover the 13 works of art stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990. Amore brings to the position more than 14 years of national security, law, intelligence, and crisis management experience with federal government agencies like the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Security Division. At the FAA, Amore was instrumental in the reorganization and regionalization of national security efforts post- Sept. 11th and was the agency’s lead agent responding to the attempted terrorist attack by Richard Reid, the so-called “Shoe Bomber” in December 2001. At the TSA his superiors nominated Amore in 2002 and 2003 for a Service to America Medal.