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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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle at Friday, November 11, 2011
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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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle at Friday, March 25, 2011
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