You Were an Art History Major? What Do You Do with That?

I couldn’t possibly tell you how many times I have heard those words while staring into the skeptical, patronizing faces of everyone from friends and family to peers and strangers. I grew up as an artist, exploring a vast array of media and creative options through a blessed experience in Arts Magnet programs. From there I discovered a passion for studying Art History, which I found to be the ideal combination of my love for creativity and academia. This love for the arts has developed... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, March 23, 2012
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Sustainability at the Brooks is Measured in Food and Art

Sustainable. As the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art approaches its 100th birthday, I think that word is appropriate. While we reflect on what has made the Brooks last for a century, we also look cautiously to the future, assessing the factors that will not only help the museum survive for generations to come, but will make this world and this city the kind of place those generations can enjoy. By now, we’ve all heard that word used in the food industry, including the Brushmark Restaurant. ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 19, 2012
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There’s an App for That!

One of the defining statements of our generation has finally come to the Brooks Museum! With a free download for the iPhone, iPad, and Android presented by ArtsMemphis , the world of the Brooks is now easily available at the push of a button. Museum information including hours, admission prices, directions and a floor plan of the galleries are available around the clock. You can peruse calendars of exhibitions and events and can directly purchase tickets for upcoming programs and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 12, 2012
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Interpretive Planning: Session One

When I was asked to be a part of an interpretive planning committee I was excited to learn that it would focus heavily on Visitor Services. Some weeks prior to the first session, the museum staff was asked to fill out guest-specific surveys that would help us relate to the way visitors enter the museum and travel the rotunda. After our preliminary work surveying guests and their directions, we met with our IP Manager and discussed the outcomes. [caption id="attachment_3859"... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, March 9, 2012
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From Freelance to Grants Writer: Nicky Hitching Loves the Brooks!

Last year, when I was a freelance writer trying to go back to work full time, I was willing to swing in any direction. Write newsletters about widgets? Do the website? Handle the media? I was ready to strap on any of it. It was one of the more serendipitous moments in my career that in October I was offered the job as grants manager at the Brooks. Write grants to get money to fund fabulous exhibitions and events? You betcha. In fact, as a former art history major who loves museums and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 5, 2012
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