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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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle at Monday, March 5, 2012
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Amy Beth Rice: Adventures in Art Education from the Eyes of an Intern

While trying to think of an effective environment for socially-concerned art, I used to have visions of left-leaning galleries, street art, and house shows by small artist collectives. I'm embarrassed to say I didn't think of art museums. The word "museum" conjured images of quiet, chilly rooms housing  masterpieces being respectfully observed by a few individuals with clasped hands and raised eyebrows. However, my experiences at the Brooks and with my internship in the Education... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, February 24, 2012
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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 Andria Lisle at Friday, February 17, 2012
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Lectures, Films and Scholastic: What Museums Are Today

I work at the Admissions desk every weekend and have been for over two years. I have seen the progression of the Brooks in that short time, and realized that museums are so much more than the exhibitions they house. It is more, from my perspective, what each exhibition represents to the institution and to its audience. The museum had a great crowd this month due to the opening of the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, a Decorative Arts Trust lecture and the British Arrow Awards... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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What is Provenance and Why Does It Matter?

This past May I attended a Provenance Seminar at the National Archives in Washington D.C. funded, in part, by a grant from the Kress Foundation. Before I worked in museums, provenance was not a word I was familiar with, but since I have come to realize all of the legal and ethical issues associated with it. Provenance is the history of the ownership of an object as it passes through time. Some objects have rather lengthy, illustrious histories. They may have been owned by royalty, barons,... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards: A Student’s Perspective

[caption id="attachment_3753" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="2012 Best Portfolio Kyle Owens “Commitment”"] [/caption] The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards has been something I’ve looked forward to every year of high school. I always try to greatly improve my artwork and advance my concepts to enter for the following year. Winning a gold key is so exciting, and the chance to have my work in an exhibition at the Brooks is such an unbelievable opportunity. [caption... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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