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Life as a Brooks Intern by Joelle Pittman

I am a graduate student at the University of Memphis pursuing my Master’s degree in Journalism. I never thought I would be interning at 26, but after completely changing career paths and returning to school, I knew that interning would be the only way to gain first-hand experience in public relations.  Interning at the Brooks has been a wonderful experience. Everyone has made me feel involved and I am able to utilize my skill set. This is certainly, and thankfully, not a “get-me-coffee”... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, February 17, 2012
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Happy New Year from the Brooks: A Reflection of Inspiration

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art always has so many great things going on each year! Every Light Festival or Creation Station inspires me to think outside of the box-I'm always so impressed with the creative ideas from our Education Department. Then, I look at all of the cool films we offer and they make me reflect on my own life. After watching weddings almost every weekend, I know so much more about flowers, plates and cake that I feel confident to throw my very own dinner party! Of course,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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Luis van Seixas, Assistant Preparator, on Thursday's Medieval Atmosphere

This Thursday, December 8, from 6:30-7:15 p.m., preparator Luis van Seixas will transform the Brooks’ Moss Gallery into a monastery-like environment, filling the space with contemporary music and replacing gallery lighting with flickering (battery-operated) candles. Come experience his Medieval Atmosphere, which is included with museum admission. What made you want to do this project? I love the medieval objects in the Moss Gallery, and I thought it would be a good idea to... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Staff Highlight: Scott Patterson Marketing Guru

Scott Patterson wears many hats at the museum. In his spare time he creates music, collects cool things from here and there and drives bright blue vintage cars. He's also an expert with ice cream cakes. In his staff highlight, he explains all of his duties and beyond. What is your job at the Brooks and what does it entail? Geez. Well my title is Volunteer Coordinator/Public Programs Assistant. Essentially, I schedule volunteers and interns for the various needs of the museum, while... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, May 16, 2011
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Doodling: Turns Out it May Be a Good Thing

Remember in high school when you were reprimanded for doodling in class? I definitely do. I recall getting in trouble often for this foul and my parents never thinking it was bad; probably to my then-teacher's frustration. In fact, my parents promoted doodling; they turned their offices into galleries adorned with my drawings, professing the future artist of their loins. I'm not promoting misbehavior in any way, but as much as I rebelled against my creative being, it always crept back into... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 14, 2011
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A Great Moment at Work (For Real!)

When you work the front desk at any organization, you meet a lot of different people. Especially when that job is in the South. Folks love to chat in the South. A couple came into the museum today and the husband joked that the woman would get the senior rate in a couple of weeks. Having just celebrated my birthday a few days ago, I knew she was a fellow Virgo, and went on to tell her that we had the best sign (i'm biased, but right). I asked her husband what his sign was, mainly... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, September 4, 2010
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Remembering Rev. L.O. Taylor

Four years ago, I was working as a freelance journalist when I penned this story for the Memphis Flyer about Memphis' tradition of African American photographers. Now I'm working at the Brooks, which, in February 2006, exhibited Pictures From Home: Six African-American Studio Photographers in the South, 1900-1950 , one of the shows I wrote about. The exhibition included the work of Rev. L.O. Taylor, a self-taught photographer, Baptist preacher, candymaker, and appliance... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, April 9, 2010
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The Brooks' Grants Manager Bob Arnold, In His Spare Time

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at Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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Meet Paul: Chief Preparator at the Brooks

Meet Paul Tracy, Chief Preparator for the Brooks. A preparator works with the registrar and curators to put together an exhibit. From the design and layout to the final installation, Paul is on the scene. Oh, and basically has the coolest job, ever. Here, he explains how -- while he was working at the museum on his fiftieth birthday -- he was transformed by a single work of art: I celebrated my 50th birthday by saying goodbye to the Masterpieces from Museo de Arte de Ponce ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Venice in Transition: The Memphis Daily News

Stanton Thomas, the Brooks' curator of European and Decorative Arts, was interviewed by Memphis Daily News contributor Jonathan Devin for an article that ran last Friday. In the piece, Stanton compares 18th century Venice to contemporay Las Vegas -- sans all the neon, of course: “Venice was a city in transition,” Thomas said. “It had been famous for almost a thousand years as ‘the most serene one’ because of its unique location, which meant it was pretty much immune to invasions,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 29, 2010
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