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Wine and the Brooks: A Delicious History

Why Wine? Things are starting to get a little crazy at the museum, particularly in the development department. We’re about to head into what we call “wine season.” Each spring we throw several wine-related fundraising events – The Fleming’s Wine Dinner, Brooks Uncorked, Patrons Dinner, and the Grand Auction. Starting in January we collect wine and other items from donors across the region to auction off at these events. Lindsey Hedgepeth is the one who coordinates all of these... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, January 21, 2011
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Meghan Wilcox: Reflection of an Internship

Last semester my passion for the arts and desire to work within the field were strengthened tremendously. Looking back, I can honestly say that I owe a great deal of this heightened fervor to my time spent at the Brooks Museum. During my internship I learned a lot about the inner-workings of museums, their relationships with other institutions, and the public in general. This experience has opened my eyes to a side of the “non-profit” sector which I had not seen before. As a result of this... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, January 14, 2011
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My Favorite Piece at the Brooks: A Before I Worked Here Perspective

[caption id="attachment_3200" align="aligncenter" width="199" caption="Abbott H. Thayer, American, 1849 - 1921, Gladys, ca. 1915, Oil on Canvas, Gift of Mr. Francis M Weld 44.1, detail"] [/caption] When I was in my last year of school, I contemplated where I wanted to obtain an internship and where I might want to work. After visiting several local museums, I returned to the Brooks because of the way I felt emotionally and physically when I viewed the works there. I liked the openness of... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, January 7, 2011
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The Tennessee Arts Commission: A Who, What, When and Why to the Arts

Last week, the Brooks was proud to host a quarterly meeting of the Tennessee Arts Commission. The TAC is one of our major supporters, and you may have seen their logo on our website and our promotional materials. But what is the TAC, exactly, and what do they do? An agency of the Tennessee state government, The Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967 “to stimulate and encourage the presentation of performing, visual and literary arts throughout the state and to encourage public... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, December 27, 2010
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Home School at the Brooks!

Home School at the Brooks is a program offered through the Education department where we set aside four days of the year for students that are home schooled to come to the museum and have a docent-led tour and participate in a studio activity. For our last home school session of 2010, held in November, we focused on a collection of three special exhibitions that comprise our Picturing America tour: William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005; Winslow Homer: From Poetry to Fiction; and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, December 18, 2010
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What is a Museum Preparator? Find out First - Hand from our Very Own Paul Tracy!

Jingle bells tingling, shop lights twinkling, children behaving; the holidays are fast approaching! When I think about Christmas I think of Santa and his elves; busy, busy, busy. Being a museum preparator is very similar to being an elf, elves create Christmas magic and preparators create museum magic. The current exhibition in the Chandler Gallery is a perfect example of the magical similarities. Curator, Stanton Thomas (a jolly old soul is he), chose prints from the museum’s permanent... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, December 10, 2010
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Go Jo Ann: Brooks Graphic Designer Creates a WEVL Pledge Shirt

[caption id="attachment_3058" align="aligncenter" width="287" caption=""] [/caption] As I was sitting at home with my beaux staring off into our (his) record collection, he shouted "oh, check this out". You see, his employer plays WEVL all day, everyday and if you have a radio, you know that they are having their pledge drive right now. He has met and heard me talk about our new (not so new, now) Graphic Designer, Jo Ann Moss. She is in more than one club and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Guest Blogger Cort Percer Muses on Maquettes

Cort Percer is a freelance writer and event coordinator. He produced the Bicycle Film Festival Memphis 2009 and 2010 at the Brooks. Percer also works at the Peddler Bicycle Shop on Highland and is involved with the Greater Memphis Greenline, Walk, Bike! Memphis, and Revolutions Bicycle Co-op. Follow his blog at . Teeny Tiny Bike Racks After seeing this article in the Flyer Emily and I made an appointment with the Urban Art Commission to view Gadsby... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, November 6, 2010
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William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005: The Installation!

Our Exhibitions staff stays busy and works hard. I had no clue how much time, patience and work goes into just installing an exhibit. That doesn't even scratch the surface of the entire project. Here is an inside peek at our experts in action. [caption id="attachment_2987" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Chief Curator Marina Pacini and Collections Manager Kip Peterson, discuss the placement of the photographs."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_2996" align="aligncenter"... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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Development Department: Fashion vs. Culture

Diane Jalfon is the Director of Development and a strong, determined woman. A piece of advice: read her perspective and learn from her wisdom. Oh, and wish her a happy birthday, too! I was driving home the other day listening to my friends at WKNO slog through their bi-annual pledge drive with a mix of admiration and sympathy. It’s admirable that season after season they summon an amazing amount of energy and optimism to reach their fundraising goals. But I’m sympathetic to the difficulty... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, October 9, 2010
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