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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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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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis at Tuesday, January 31, 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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Amy Aughinbaugh, Exhibitions Intern, Shares her Experience at the Brooks

Having never interned nor worked at a museum before, this internship has been my first opportunity to witness and participate in the inner-workings of museum business. Thus far since I began in August, I’ve been working under chief curator Marina Pacini on the Brooks’ upcoming exhibition, Armed and Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal (A & D). It’s been an intriguing project because it encompasses several cultural regions and different time periods. My responsibilities have primarily involved... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, November 11, 2011
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