Museo Nacional Bellas Artes

“The Site” maintains a unique skill set consisting of business, management, cultural heritage, marketing, museums, art, art history, and design.

‘The Site’ does not miss deadlines and strives for absolute perfection. It achieves this by developing and managing processes to achieve efficiency that can be scaled and adapted to multiple situations or clients – always finding the final product to be of the highest-quality, punctual, cost-effective, and consistent.

Studio — Film and digital photography (including all wet / dry processes); oil; watercolor; ceramics (hand build, wheel, mold); drawing; 3D mixed-media; installation; conservation; preservation; and exhibition design (including interpretive and accessibility planning).

Software / Technology — Comfortable with Mac, PC, or hybrid environments (QWERTY, AZERTY, and 10-Key); the full Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access); the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver); HMTL5; CSS3; Javascripting; EndNote; content management systems (Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress); Sharepoint; museum database systems; countless research databases; online presentation platforms (such as Prezi); and most social media platforms.

Keywords — business; marketing; project management; logistics; anything French; Buenos Aires (los porteños); the Sister Cities relationship between Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan and Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States; aesthetic development; archives of 20th-century vernacular images; the blurring of popular culture and fine art; photography; the “Selfie;” the Byzantine works of Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco); the Mid-Century Modern architecture of Oklahoma-native, Charles L. Monnott, Jr; art and technology; visual art; music; opera; film; Broadway; theater; trends and the consumption of popular culture, especially as it relates to the fine arts; tourism sociology; pre-Columbian Mesoamerican, Latin, Asian, and African Art; Law; and its ultimate specialty — Western Art since c. 1865.

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Experience


Consultant / Registrar

Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History

November 2015 – March 2017 · 1yr 5mos

Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Conducted board meetings for the Stillwater Museum Association Board of Trustees, including new member board retreats by providing reports and presentations consisting of advice and guidance in ethics, best practices, and marketing.

• Prepared and tracked collection records on incoming items in PastPerfect, notified Collections/Accessions Committee of incoming objects, convened quarterly meetings, and recommended acceptance or rejection of objects based upon the museumʼs mission and needs.

• Supervised interns from Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma with curatorial and exhibition activities such as exhibition design and editing of the narrative and interpretative materials.

• Identified objects in the museumʼs collection with unique storage needs; researched the best practices for its storage, preservation, and care, and implemented those findings for the object.

• Worked with scholars, professors, and students to meet their needs for exhibitions by preparing object lists, providing recommendations of objects, designing layouts for exhibitions, and installing the objects chosen for display.

• Responsible for collections management with a variety of duties related to loans, exhibitions, and acquisitions including the development of a comprehensive collections management policy.

• Provided support to the Director in multiple roles such as curator, preparator, preservationist, researcher, and installer.

• Designed and built the new website for the Sheerar Museum.


Graduate Research Assistant

Oklahoma State University

July 2014 – October 2016 · 2yrs 4mos

Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Prepared, formatted, edited, and revised research reports and presentations for the University and its Board of Regents.

• Supervised the University Assessment and Testingʼs (UAT) assessment and survey call center with its staff of eight including hiring, scheduling, disciplinary action, employee evaluation, and frequent technical support for our Oracle-based data collection software.

• Completed a 6-month rebuild of UATʼs website transforming it into a responsive, intuitive, and user-friendly design.

• Provided extensive research assistance to patrons of Edmon Low and the OSU Library System.

• Diagnosed and resolved patronsʼ IT complications with meeting room technology/SMART boards, network printers, personal computers, and library laptop inventory.


Curatorial and Research Assistant

Oklahoma State University

August 2012 – May 2014 · 1yr 10mos

Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Assisted in research for the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History, which included research topics in all three subject areas, and several languages (Dutch, French, Spanish, and German).

• Used museum-quality techniques for the conservation and preservation of historically significant photographs of American soldiers in China, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the United States circa 1920 from the Howard Goodrich collection.

• Instructed crash-courses on Illustrator, Photoshop, and Inkscape for students and faculty without graphic design backgrounds.

• Translated a visiting professor’s curriculum vitæ and artist statement from Turkish into English for publication and use.

• Created case studies on fine art and art history programs for all Big 12 and land-grant universities.

• Frequently participated in a variety of ad hoc projects for the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History.

• Managed technical and administrative support for three graphic design labs at the Bartlett Center for the Arts.

• Developed effective policies for suitable inventories, but with minimal overhead, and rapid responses to technical problem solving with negligible downtime of equipment.

• Coordinated with the College of Arts and Sciences IT department, identifying and resolving technical and security issues as they arose.

• Initiated ticketing and managed tracking of technical issues through the OSU iSupport system.

• Scanned and digitally restored fifty-year-old color slides for Prof Emeritus Ron DuBois.

• Tutored students, staff, and faculty on the use of Adobe products, large format printing, and the use of the visual libraryʼs resources, which included Nikon D90s, video cameras, professional lighting equipment, and recording devices.

• Supplied one-on-one mentorship for graphic design students with Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver.


Pianist

Oak Grove Baptist Church

August 2011 – August 2012 · 1yr 1mo

Catoosa, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Accompanied the Music Director, choir, solo vocalists, and congregation with traditional and contemporary Christian music.

• Played solo works, and performed with other instrumentalists.

• Able to read music, and play by ear; adept at improvisation within several different musical styles.


Board Liaison

National Endowment for the Arts

November 2006 – December 2009 · 3yrs 2mos

Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States of America

• Managed all aspects of the National Council on the Arts — the eighteen-member governing board of the NEA appointed by the President of the United States of America and Senate- confirmed.

• Planned meetings several times per year, with 15 to 200 attendees, including members of the public, press, guest presenters, staff, audio/visual services, presentations, translation services, catering, and travel for council members, presenters, and prominent members of the Arts community.

• Assisted with International Activities including technical and administrative support for the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE), and the U.S. / Japan Friendship Commission.

• Acted as the liaison between Council Operations, and various Arts Endowment offices and divisions.

• Negotiated various contracts with outside vendors to garner services and products.

• Built and maintained extensive database of confidential and sensitive information on all Council members both past and present.

• Provided research for top-level officials within the Arts Endowment to be used for meetings with White House and Congressional staff.

• Supported all areas of the Arts Endowment by actively participating in every National Initiative (Heritage Fellowships, Poetry Out Loud, and The Big Read/Big Read International).

• Coordinated an internship program and supervised interns.

• Proficient in developing and maintaining detailed administrative processes that reduce redundancy while improving efficiency saving the agency over $800/month.

• Collaborated on events with the Library of Congress focusing on international cultural exchanges with arts leaders from Northern Ireland and Russia.

• Presented, on two occasions, the presentation: “How the U.S. Funds the Arts” to cultural delegations from Russia and China.

• Contributed editorial assistance for the NEA’s international literary initiatives including 2007’s Contemporary Russian Poetry: An Anthology, and Lo que cuenta el vecino.


Intern/International Activities (Office of Government Affairs)

The Washington Center / National Endowment for the Arts

September 2006 – December 2006 · 4 mos

Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States of America

• Served in the role of International Activities Specialist while interning for the National Endowment for the Arts overseeing a range of administrative matters; furthermore, managed the US/Japan Artists Panel while working closely with the US/Japan Friendship Commission.

• Provided editorial assistance for the NEA’s international literary initiatives including the Spanish language, Lineas conectadas, and its English language counterpart, Connecting Lines.

• Prepared manuscript of contemporary US poetry to be translated and published in Russia. This project required research to find poems and publishers including extensive research at the Library of Congress.

• Full responsibility for organization and presentation of artistic work samples submitted with applications for the US/Japan Creative Artists program. This included contacting artists to obtain or revise work samples; prescreening of close to 1,000 visual images, music CDs, video tapes and DVDs; preparation of a work sample inventory; and presentation of the samples at the two-day peer panel review meeting.


English Tutor

Rogers State University

August 2005 – May 2006 · 10 mos

Claremore, Oklahoma, United State of America

• English tutor for RSU English Lab during 2005-2006 academic year.

• Helped students at all levels (remedial through Composition II) with the editing of their papers for grammar, spelling, and style — along with tutoring and test preparation.

• Provided PC technical support and software demonstration to students in the English Lab as needed.


Wig Master / Makeup Artist

IATSE Local 904

August 2004 – March 2006 · 1yr 8mos

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Worked as the local wig master and makeup artist for the national tours of: Hairspray, Peter Pan, Chicago, and Thoroughly Modern Millie — performed at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.


Pianist

A Fancy Restaurant in Downtown Tulsa that “The Site” cannot remember the name of that was open before and after major PAC Performances.

December 2003 – August 2004 · 9 mos

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Played nightly for guests of the restaurant and accompanied the owner of the restaurant for a number or two. She sang like Rosemary Clooney – fairly certain it was not her. Did this for the Regular Pianist at this restaurant while he recovered from a heart attack.


Fine Dining & Cater Waiter

Backstreet Bistro

January 2003 – December 2003 · 12 mos

Jenks, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Waiter at a fine dining establishment. Also, hired out as a bartender or cater waiter for private events.


Shift Team Lead

Long John Silver’s, LLC

September 1999 – September 2001 · 2yrs 1mo

Claremore, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Did every job imaginable. Was also present for the LJS / A&W buyout, which included a complete remodel of the facility and significant changes/additions to the menu.


Crew

McDonald’s

1998–1999 · 1yr

Claremore, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Did everything from flip burgers and make orders to working the front register and drive-thru.


Legal Secretary

Leslie A. Ellis Kissinger, Attorney and Counselor at Law

1997–1998 · 1yr

Claremore, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Worked as a legal secretary for Leslie A. Ellis Kissinger. Singlehandedly ran this law office at 16-years-old. Everything from writing and filing her legal documents to bookkeeping and deposits.


Volunteer Adoption Coordinator

Affection Connection

August 1995 – March 1997 · 1yr 8mos

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Volunteered as the adoption coordinator working under Barbara Hooley. Was still too young to legally work.


Veterinary Technician

Ark Animal Hospital

September 1993 – July 1995 · 1yr 11mos

Claremore, Oklahoma, United States of America

• Volunteered with Dr. Brady at Ark Animal Hospital. Dr. Brady was an awesome mentor who provided a lot of learning opportunities beyond walking and bathing dogs and cats.

EDUCATION


Master of Science – MS, International/Global Studies
(International Business, Cultural Heritage, and Economic Relations), 4.0

Oklahoma State University

2014 – 2016

Activities and Societies: Member – Phi Kappa Phi / ΦΚΦ | Phi Beta Delta / ΦΒΔ | Sigma Iota Rho/ΣΙΡ – President; Dr. James G. Hromas Distinguished Graduate Fellow | Dr. James and Mrs. Elizabeth Wise Graduate Fellow. Member – Student Association of Global Affairs, French Club, and Service-Learning Volunteer Center.

Creative Component > Production of full-color exhibition catalog for Stories Unfolding: A 30th Anniversary Celebration, a volunteer-project with the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, which opened October 25, 2015.


Studied with Thomas Lanners

Piano (classical and music theory)

2014 – 2016

Studied classical piano with Dr. Thomas Lanners performing Bach, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, and Chopin. Dr. Lanners also worked with “The Site” on new techniques to improve its ability to play with an autoimmune disease.


Certificate in Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections,
Museology/Museum Studies

Oklahoma Museum Association

2015

This certification course covered mission statements, conflicts of interest, ethics, collections management policies, collecting plans, collections committees, and legal issues relating to museum collections and deaccessioning, processing of artifact donations including proper documentation, the physical application of an accession number, cataloging artifact information, provenance, loans, and insurance.


Bachelor of Arts – BA, Art History, Criticism and Conservation, 3.2

Oklahoma State University

2012 – 2014

Activities and Societies: Art History Organization

Symposium > “Snapshots Exposed: Hybridity, Contradictions, and the Vernacular Image” – research paper, PowerPoint presentation, and defense of an archive of photographs shot by a U.S. Marine during Chinaʼs interwar period (1920s) – based upon a theoretical framework garnered from the writings of Dean MacCannell and Susan Sontag.

“The Lost Architect: The Mid-Century Bank Designer Who Vanished” – Presentation on architecture by Oklahoman, Charles L. Monnott Jr.

“Ah Maxam, A Royal Scribe” – Presentation on the inscribed ceramics by Ah Maxam of the Late Classic Maya

Curated mini-exhibition at Gardiner Art Gallery, ”Before the Mac,” which highlighted graphics- based art created before the widespread use of the computer.

Created condition reports for works of art from the BJ Smith estate and managed the silent and internet auction to raise funds for student scholarships.

Received the 2014 Outstanding Senior in Art History award.


Studied with Michael Kirkendoll

Piano (classical, experimental, and music theory)

2012 – 2014

Studied piano with Dr. Michael Kirkendoll performing Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Kabalevsky, and Satie.


Bachelor of Fine Arts – BFA, Studio Art, 3.1

Rogers State University

2010 – 2011

Activities and Societies: Student Art Association

Music Scholarship (full tuition) – Pianist for university jazz band.

Honorable Mention 2011 – Student Art Competition (Photography).

Student Editor – Dr. Dial-Driverʼs Guide to College Writing, 8th Ed.


Associate of Arts – AA, Graphic Design, 3.0

Rogers State University

1997 – 2006

Activities and Societies: SGA, Student Art Association

Recipient of juried-scholarship (three scholarships given per year) to participate in five-month internship with The Washington Center in Washington, DC.

Honorable Mention 2006 – Student Art Competition (Graphic Design).

Best in Show 2005 – Student Art Competition (Photography).


Cosmetology, Hair Styling, Stylist, and Hair Design

Claremore Beauty College

1999

Learned how to do hair and nails.


Studied with Don Ryan

Piano (ragtime, jazz, gospel, and improvisation)

1997 – 1999

Learned a lot about improvisation. Don Ryan is an absolute master at his craft.


Studied with Ed West

Piano (classical and music theory)

1997 – 1999

Studied with Ed West at the same time it was studying with Don Ryan. Ed West taught classical and music theory while Don Ryan worked on ragtime, jazz, gospel, and improvisation.


Studied with Robyn Barbour

Piano (classical, gospel, and music theory)

1994 – 1997

Continued with music performance, competitions, and music theory studies.


State of Oklahoma

General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

April 1997

No prep course, no studying, actually confused by how fast that went, and a perfect score.


Claremore’s Alternative Learning Program (AL)

General Education

1997

Was here for most of the fall semester before being told by the Principal that even though “The Site” finished all of 9th, 10th, and most of 11th grades, that it would not be able to graduate before the year that it was supposed to graduate. So, her recommendation was to drop out and take the G.E.D.


Claremore High School

General Education

1996

Made it about half-of-a-semester and dropped out.


Will Rogers Junior High

General Education

1995

Pianist for the Jazz Band under the tutelage of Joy Maynard. Played alto, tenor, and bari sax, mallet percussion, French horn, and bassoon in the concert band.


Homeschooled, allegedly

General Education

1994 – 1995

This was a very educational time in “The Site’s” existence. As far as the State of Oklahoma was concerned, “The Site” was receiving a substantive, wholesome, and Christian education provided within a home-setting.


Edison Junior High

General Education

1994

As “The Site’s” Gramma used to say … “if you can’t say anything nice; don’t say it at all.”


Homeschool Co-op at Faith Baptist Church

General Education provided by Mrs. Daniels

1994

She taught about fifteen kids from grades Kindergarten through 7th, and did an amazing job, but was only here for one semester.


Leeper Middle School

General Education

1993

Advanced courses due to Gifted and Talented program, which did not technically continue, otherwise. This only lasted one semester.


Studied with Kathy Farr

Piano (classical, gospel, and music theory)

1988 – 1994

Studied classical and improvisational with Kathy Farr. She forced “The Site” to read music. According to her, “The Site” would be a much better pianist if it could read notes as well as it could naturally play by ear.


Claremont Elementary

General Education

1987 – 1992

Straight A-student throughout elementary school with a biweekly Gifted and Talented class with Mrs. Pabst – in addition to the regularly assigned schoolwork.

Volunteer


Curator

Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History

May 2015 – October 2015 • 6 mos

Arts and Culture

Volunteered as curator, registrar, and preparator for – Stories Unfolding: A 30th Anniversary Celebration – an exhibition of more than a hundred objects (mostly loaned) commemorating the Sister Cities International relationship between Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States and Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan.


Tutor with Student Disability Office

Oklahoma State University

August 2012 – May 2014 • 1yr 10mos

Education

One-on-one tutoring for Deaf student inclusive of several graphic design-related software and hardware products; provide note-taking for student in courses where both were enrolled.


Assistant Curator

Price Tower Arts Center

September 2011 – February 2012 • 6 mos

Arts and Culture

Delivered curatorial support for the Price Tower Arts Centerʼs Bruce Goff exhibition that opened January 21, 2011; duties included cleaning/preservation of individual works of art, gallery preparation, installation of work, and cataloging a 7000+ record collection of Goffʼs.


Volunteer

D.C. Youth Orchestra Program

Mar 2009 – Dec 2009 • 10 mos

Education / Arts and Culture

Provided whatever “The Site” could for DCYOP – from restringing French Horns to photographing their awesome performance for the DC Mystics opening game – spent almost every Saturday with the organization.


Tutor

Asian American L.E.A.D.

Aug 2006 – May 2007 • 10 mos

Education

One-on-one tutoring for immigrant high school student, which included improvement of English language conversational skills, and general homework assistance


Wig Master

Tulsa Opera

Sep 2004 – May 2005 • 9 mos

Arts and Culture

Volunteered services as a wig and makeup artist for the following Tulsa Opera productions: Tales of Hoffman, Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Eugene Onegin, and Cavalleria Rusticana.

MiscellaneA


Courses

Applied Piano • Contemporary Global Issues • Creative Component • Directed Research in Art History • Entrepreneurial Marketing • Entrepreneurship and the Arts • Independent Study – Japan • Internship • Readings in Global Studies – France and Spain • Research Design & Methodology


Organizations

Phi Beta Delta • Phi Kappa Phi • Sigma Iota Rho • Student Association for Global Affairs (SAGA) – OSU • Art History Organization – OSU • Student Art Organization – RSU


Honors & Awards

Dr. James and Mrs. Elizabeth Wise Graduate Fellow • Dr. James G. Hromas Distinguished Graduate Fellow • Best Research Award (Symposium 2014) • Outstanding Senior of the Year • Scholar Development Award


Languages

English • CSS • French • HTML • Spanish


Certifications

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certification for Human Subjects Research

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