"Although my current work is more focused on the relationships between art objects and audiences, having the chance to work intimately with works of art in the collections was ultimately very formative in building the approach I now take as an educator."
What do you like most about your current position?
My favorite aspect of working on Adult Programming at SAM is having the challenge of work that is always changing but with the constant goal of creating engaging art experiences for adult audiences. My work can range from developing a scholarly lecture series on Picasso, to coordinating performances in Nick Cave’s Soundsuits around the city, to working with Seattle artists to create participatory activities for the Olympic Sculpture Park.
What classes or experiences (field trips, internships, ...) did you enjoy the most while in the Museology Program?
I loved having the opportunity to work in the collections at the Henry Art Gallery and the UW Library Special Collections. Although my current work is more focused on the relationships between art objects and audiences, having the chance to work intimately with works of art in the collections was ultimately very formative in building the approach I now take as an educator.
What skills from your museology degree have been most useful in your current position?
The overall range of knowledge I have of museum practice, from ethical questions to conservation awareness, has greatly impacted the way I work within and collaborate across departments within the museum. The program also was very instrumental in my building relationships within the Seattle arts and museum communities, and in my current work I still continue to cross paths with people I was introduced through in the program.
What advice do you have for current or future museology students?
Students should use the program (and the leaders from the field who are integrated into the program) as an opportunity to become engaged with their areas of interest and to work on internships and projects that can be realized at local institutions; particularly in this continuing moment of economic downturn, most museums would greatly benefit from having student contributions and creative undertakings that those working at the organization may not have the time and resources to otherwise take on.
What is your favorite museum, exhibit, or museum experience?
I recently visited the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for the first time and was struck by the overall experience. Between their two sites, their exhibitions were both challenging and clearly conceived with the relevance to their surrounding communities at the forefront. Staff at this museum were also extremely welcoming and thoughtful, offering knowledgeable insight in a very natural, open dialogue with visitors.