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Viva La France!

Every now and then we get an email from our friend Elisabeth Callihan, who has been living in Paris for the last year. Elisabeth was formerly the Public Relations and Public Events Manager here at the Brooks and she is simply fabulous. She feeds us little tidbits of cool stuff going on across the pond. Her most recent email says, everyone is obsessed with florals here lately - dresses, pants, shoes - everything in florals. Also, drinking outside is big. So put on your best floral dress and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, September 19, 2011
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Luis Seixas Art Conservator-restorer for the Brooks

What is your position at the Brooks? I'm an art conservator-restorer presently as a volunteer at the Brooks Museum collection. What do you work on day to day and what does it entail? The work aim is to prevent collection objects degradation through conservation and stabilization actions. Mostly object surface cleaning and support consolidations. [caption id="attachment_3531" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Removal of adherent surface deposits by physical... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, May 22, 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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Staff Highlight: Intern Kelcie Hamm Takes a Break from Wine to Answer Questions

What is your position at the Brooks? Fundraising Events Intern What do you work on day to day and what does it entail? I enter auction items into our database and store them backstage. I make sure that the different items are organized in a way that we can get them quickly when we need them. When I'm not doing this, I send out membership letters and thank you notes to our sponsors and distributors. What is your favorite part of your internship at the museum?... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, May 9, 2011
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Staff Highlight: Kathy Dumlao, Education Employee Extraordinaire

Working at the Brooks has its obvious benefits: working in beautiful and historic Overton park, wearing jeans twice a week, working with fun and creative co-workers -- but who are these people, really? Well, now we can find out in our amazing new staff interview highlight! Find out their likes, dislikes and how they got to where they are today! Our premiere interview is with Kathy Dumlao Associate Curator of Education. She is the first person I thought of to interview because I knew that... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, April 24, 2011
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Discovering the Belz Museum as Part of A Taste for China

One of the greatest joys of working on exhibitions outside my area of specialization is getting to explore the collections of other museums. As part of the project A Taste for China currently on view at the Brooks, I visited several public and private collections looking for Chinese and Chinese-inspired art to borrow for display. As a result I spent an afternoon at the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art which is located in downtown Memphis. I was very graciously received not only by their... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, April 1, 2011
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Throw Me Something, Mister

I was raised in no less than seven houses in seven different cities, including Elgin, Illinois; Arlington, Texas; Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Memphis. I only spent two years—1976 and 1977—in Lafayette, Louisiana, although when people ask where I’m from, I tend to save time by naming Louisiana as my native state. After all, my parents were both born there to families who worked in the oil business, and—separately—traversed the state, moving to dots on the map like Bayou Sally and Paradis and Houma... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, March 25, 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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Love, Transformation and Irons: Another Day at the Brooks!

Many things come to mind when I think about the Brooks around Valentines.  This year has been particularly significant for me being a newlywed.  Being married just shy of four months it is easy to say that love is in the air, especially at the Brooks with the Love tour going well, Willie Cole getting great reviews (esp. Art Daily yay!), and everyone getting ready for the wine season. Speaking of Willie Cole, it was a pleasure to meet him and sit in on both his lecture and our very own... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, February 28, 2011
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Teenagers Rock! Face the Lens Opening

[youtube=] After partnering with students at Craigmont and Ridgeway High Schools, I am more than impressed with the insight our city’s youth has on social issues in Memphis. In a recent project that explored art as a catalyst for social change, Brooks Education introduced two high school classes to Depression-era photographs from the Farm Security Administration, currently on view in (Extra) Ordinary: The Story of Documentary Photography in the South... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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