Social Media @ American Art: Meet the Team
Jennifer assists the museum’s curators with a variety of tasks related to exhibitions, including artist research, catalogue preparation, and overseeing artwork checklists. She also answers public queries about the permanent collection. Jennifer is also pursuing a Masters in Library Science and Special Collections from the University of Illinois. When not working or studying, she loves horseback riding, wine tasting, and playing with her two rescue dogs.
Bridget works in the Luce Foundation Center where she coordinates artwork replacement and writes content for the Center's in-gallery kiosks and website. She also contributes to the museum's blog, Eye Level, writing mainly about her love of folk art. In her free time, Bridget visits the pandas at the Zoo, reads fashion blogs, and attempts to bake the most perfect loaf of bread ever.
Addie works in the Education Office coordinating the Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes, where she has the good fortune of training educators from across the country to incorporate American art into their English and social studies curricula. She is energized when facilitating conversations that foster close and extended looking at objects. Addie loves any art that defies convention and begs a second look. An Ohio native, Addie enjoys attending the theatre, having dinner with friends, and studying World’s Fairs.
Georgina coordinates online outreach for the museum, including web and social media activities. She thinks people should have fun when they interact with museums, whether online or in the real world, and is always looking for ways to create new and unusual visitor experiences. She was born in England, not too far from the birthplace of artist Thomas Moran, and she's pretty sure they would have been friends had they been born in the same century given their shared love of the U.S. National Parks.
Suzannah works in the Education Office coordinating teacher programs and developing resources that bring the Museum's collection into the classroom. She believes that museums have an important role to play in teaching students how to think and loves watching a gallery experience transform a struggling student into a confident contributor. Suzannah demonstrated an interest in American art from an early age, transforming corks, foil and wire left over from family celebrations into a collection of cork characters inspired by fellow Philadelphian, Alexander Calder.
PaikBot lives in the Nam June Paik Archive and can be seen in the exhibition Nam June Paik: Global Visionary. He has a unique view of all our behind-the-scenes activities and is endlessly curious about Paik, video art, and other robots. He tweets about his experiences using the handle @PaikBot, where he enjoys answering questions from visitors, too. Help PaikBot see the world in our flat PaikBot project (and see the results on Pinterest!)
Courtney works on media relations, public engagement, and strategic communications as part of the museum’s Office of Public Affairs. Basically, she tries to get everyone else as excited about the museum’s collections and initiatives as she is. Despite her embarrassing lack of artistic talent she has always been really into art history, and thinks that you should be too!
Tierney loves how she gets to do so many things while working in the Luce Foundation Center, from researching and writing about pieces in the museum's collection (she especially loves modern art) to coordinating the Luce Center's local artist talks and its acoustic music series, Luce Unplugged. Tierney often writes about these programs for the museum's blog Eye Level. She recently learned how to sew, enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her growing number of nieces and nephews.
Mary works in the Luce Foundation Center and gets to create scavenger hunts, give tours, and research artwork for the museum. She puts her studio art background to good use when she leads the weekly Draw and Discover sketching workshop complete with drawing exercises and a group discussion. In her free time she enjoys experimenting with new recipes and playing video games.
Christopher has the great fortune to work on the fourth floor of the American Art Museum in the Lunder Conservation Center. As the Program Coordinator for the center, Chris organizes special programs for the general public, scholarly groups, and museum colleagues in an effort to bolster and convey the work that is done by the museum’s conservators. Chris also gets to work with specialists from other museums and institutions to address and promote topics of interest to conservation groups around the world. When not at the museum, Chris enjoys constructing historical dioramas and collecting stamps.
As the newest addition to the Luce Foundation Center, Erin enjoys taking part in the different ways visitors experience the museum’s collection, from audio tours and scavenger hunts to art talks and musical performances. She’s happiest when others share in her excitement of American art, history, music, and film. This is also why, when she’s not wandering around the Luce Center, you could probably find her seeking refuge at a museum, concert, or movie theater. Erin also appreciates a good nap, hopefully not at any of the previously mentioned places.
Becky interns in the media and technology office where, surprisingly, they let her edit video, which she enjoys. She also enjoys coffee, walking aimlessly around D.C., talking to strangers, and discussing personality tests. Becky is currently earning a Masters in New Media and Photojournalism at the Corcoran.