Experience

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
Museum curator with over five years of experience working in large and mid-size art museums. Expertise in developing permanent and temporary exhibitions and publications.

EDUCATION
Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certification
2015
Nonprofit Management Center, Midland, TX and University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX

M.A., Art and Art History
2010
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Thesis: The Iconography of Moche Winged Figures

B.A., History of Art, with Honors 2007
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX April 2012- Present
Museum of the Southwest:
Five-and-a-half-acre, multidisciplinary cultural campus comprised of the Turner Memorial Art Museum, Durham Children’s Museum, Blakemore Planetarium and public sculpture collection totaling over 55k square feet.
Budget of $1.7 million, collection of over 1,700 art objects and a staff of twenty-two full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.
Opened in 1966 as an independent non-profit institution; accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1992.

Curatorial responsibilities include:
Researching and development of new exhibitions, including traveling and in-house curated exhibitions and a dynamic Contemporary Series.
Published Museum of the Southwest: Selections from the Permanent Collection, the Museum’s first book about the permanent collection, as a project manager, writer for majority of content, and overseer of editing and design.
Designing and installing of all gallery spaces. Writing exhibition labels and working closely with the Education department to development gallery interpretation.
Researching and presenting acquisitions to Collections Committee. Working closely with Collections and Exhibitions Manager to oversee collections care, including in-house conservation of outdoor sculptures.
Creating and managing budgets for Collections and Exhibitions departments. Writing grants and developing targeted fundraising efforts for exhibitions, collections and special projects.

McDermott Graduate Curatorial Intern, Dallas Museum of Art September 2011- April 2012
Created powerpoints for docent training, gave multi-media gallery talks, wrote blog posts, supplemented teacher resource packages.
Assisted with registration research for archaeological objects, and helped create object registry for AAM database.
Liaised between Curatorial and Education, assisted with programming planning for the Dallas presentation of the travelling exhibition, “The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico.”

Curatorial Intern, Cleveland Museum of Art 2010-2011
Conducted research for permanent collection, vetted and edited object files.
Conducted research, assisted with catalogue entries for travelling exhibition, “Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes”.

Curatorial Intern, Museo Larco (Art and Archaeology Museum), Lima, Peru July 2009
Renamed and reorganized several hundred catalogue entries and object descriptions in English.
Assisted in creating the museum’s first education program for the vision-impaired.

Research Assistant, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
April 2009
Aided in the selection and organization of Pre-Columbian art objects, assisted with preliminary photography, compiled research and drafted several wall labels for the exhibition “Francisco Matto: The Modern and the Mythic”.

PUBLICATIONS
Museum of the Southwest: Selection from the Permanent Collection. Museum of the Southwest Press. December 2016
“Tom Lea and Billy Schenk at the Ellen Noël.” Glasstire [Texas visual arts website]. February 2016
“Excavating Contemporary Art” West Texas Triangle: Danville Chadbourne Catalogue. May 2013
Recurring columnist for Midland Reporter Telegram [daily newspaper for Midland, TX]. August 2013 – Present

EXHIBITIONS
Exhibitions Curated
Three Millennia of Art in West Texas
July 21 – September 24, 2017

Colors of the Southwest: The Tia Collection
April 21 – June 25, 2017

James Gill: American Pop
January 27 – April 2, 2017

Contemporary Artists Series 2017
Robin Germany January 20 – March 5, 2017
Cathy Cunningham-Little 2017 March 25 – May 21, 2017
Lauren Strohacker June 9 – August 6, 2017
Robert Fathauer August 25 – October 22, 2017

Billy Keen: Visions of Santa
November 11, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Still Lifes from the Museum of the Southwest Collection
October 1 – January 8, 2017

Katherine Bash: The Light of Consciousness
August 19 – October 23, 2016

Woody Gwyn: A Sense of Scale
July 8 – September 18, 2016

West Texas Triangle 2016: Roger Colombik
July 8 – September 18, 2016

In Focus: Building the Permanent Collection of the Museum of the Southwest
May 14, 2016 – Present

The Discerning Eye: Selections from Midland’s Art Collection
May 14 – July 31, 2016

West Texas Triangle 2015: Ben Woitena
June 5 – August 16, 2015

Explorer| Observer| Reflector: Three Perspectives on American Indian Life
January 23 – March 1, 2015

Thomas Nast’s Winter Scenes
December 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Edward Curtis in the Southwest
June 20 – October 5, 2014

West Texas Triangle 2014: Ken Little
June 13 – August 24, 2014

Selections from the Museum Staff
May 2 – June 1, 2014

The Hogan Collection and the People of Taos
February 28, 2014 – February 8, 2015

Contemporary Artists Series 2014: Texas NEWS (North, East, West, South)
Barnaby Fitzgerald January 24 – March 23, 2014
Kathy Sosa April 4 – June 27, 2014
Katie Maratta July 11 – August 24, 2014
Orna Feinstein September 26 – November 9, 2014
Margarita Cabrera November 21 – December 30, 2014

Charlie Carrillo’s Retablos
December 5, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Beneath Your Feet: Selections from the Museum Vault
October 4 – November 3, 2013

Sculptors Who Paint: Veryl Goodnight, Donna Howell-Sickles and Rosie Sandifer
August 16 – November 3, 2013

West Texas Triangle 2013: Danville Chadbourne
June 7 – August 25, 2013
Catalogue essay: Excavating Contemporary Art

Miniature Books
March 1 – June 9, 2013

The Hogan Collection and the Influence of Taos
February 22, 2013- February 9, 2014

The Lone Star Printmakers
February 15 – March 10, 2013

Contemporary Artists Series 2013: Myths and Legends
Billy Keen February 8 – March 24, 2013
Mary Kramer April 5 – May 26, 2013
Andrew Hancock June 7 – August 25, 2013
Craig Kosak September 20 – November 3, 2013
Greg Davis November 15 – December 29, 2013

Billy Keen: Visions of Santa
November 29, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Contemporary Artists Series 2012: Tribal Stories
William Stone June 8 – August 26, 2012
Arlo Namingha September 14 – October 21, 2012
Nathan Youngblood November 2 – December 29, 2012

Five from Ten: Selections from the Museum’s Collection
June 8 – July 29, 2012

Exhibitions Coordinated
Midland Arts Association Spring juried exhibition May 14 – June 12, 2016
Winslow Homer and the American Pictorial Press September 5 – November 30, 2014
Our People, Our Land, Our Images June 20 – August 10, 2014
Midland Arts Association Spring juried exhibition May 1 – June 1, 2014
Pulled Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints February 21 – April 20, 2014
Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) January 31 – March 16, 2014
Midland Arts Association Spring juried exhibition March 28 – April 28, 2013
American Society of Marine Artists September 7 – November 11, 2012
American Plains Artists August 16 – October 14, 2012
Pueblo to Pueblo June 15 – August 12, 2012

CONFERENCES, GUEST LECTURES, JURYING
Freshman/Sophomore Juried Exhibition, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa TX
Guest jurying
November 2016

Southwest Art History Conference, Taos, NM
“Scholder in Santa Fe, Scholder in Taos”
October 2014

Midland Archaeological Society, Midland, TX
“The Past and Future of Peruvian Archaeology”
March 2014

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
“Art Museum Careers”
“Ancient Peru: 11,000 Years in One Hour”
February 2014

Sibley Nature Center
“Science and Archaeological Influences on Art”
January 2014

South Central Conference on Mesoamerica, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
“Casas Grandes and the Interplay between Mesoamerica and the Southwest”
October 2012

Septemberfest, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
Juror and judge for an annual arts festival
September 2012-Present