Inside SEMC Fall 2022

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The Newsletter of the Southeastern Museums Conference fall 2022 |
Executive Director’s Notes Zinnia Willits 7 President’s Address Matt Davis 11 A Message from the Membership Team Carla Phillips 15 Meet SEMC’s New Officers and Council Members 18 Winners of the SEMC 2022 Museum Professional and Competition Awards 25 Thank You to our 2022 Sponsors, Hosts, and Exhibitors 43 SEMC 2022 Annual Meeting Scholarship Program 47 SEMC 2022 NW Arkansas in Photographs 53 My Conference Experience from Start to Finish Kaniah Pearson, SEMC Intern 78 25 ON THE FRONT COVER
Kevin Kane of the North Carolina Museum of Art enjoys the Amazeum in Bentonville at the SEMC annual meeting 2022. New SEMC President Matt Davis with 2022 Museum Leadership Award Winner Michelle Schulte and SEMC Executive Director Zinnia Willits at the 2022 annual meeting.
A Special Thanks: Endowment and Membership Contributions 83 Appleton Museum of Art Welcomes Award-Winning  Flamenco Guitarist Dr. Silviu Ciulei as Composer in Residence 109 Georgia Museum of Art and Terra Foundation Team Up 115 The Gregg Museum of Art & Design Explores  Virtual Models to Enhance Access to its Collections 121 Save the Date for SEMC 2023: November 13–15, Louisville, Kentucky 129 Important Dates 132 SEMC Job Forum 132 Get Social 132 Membership Form 133 ON THE BACK COVER Muhammed Ali mural, Louisville, Kentucky. 121
Mary Hauser, in foreground, helping lead photogrammetry team to create 3D representations of objects from the Gregg Museum of Art.


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semc officers

Matthew S. Davis  President

Director of Historic Museums,  Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

Dr. Calinda Lee  Vice President

Principal, Sources Cultural Resources  Management, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Deitrah J. Taylor  Secretary

Public Historian,  Milledgeville, GA

Scott Alvey  Treasurer

Director, Kentucky Historical Society,  Frankfort, KY

Heather Marie Wells  Past President

Digital Media Project Manager, Crystal Bridges  Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

The deadline for the Winter/Spring 2023 newsletter is March 31, 2023. To submit information for the newsletter, please contact Zinnia Willits ( or Carla Phillips (cphillips@

semc directors

Glenna Barlow

Curator of Education,  Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

Alexander Benitez

Director of Museums and Tourism,  City of Portsmouth,  Portsmouth, VA

Tafeni English

Director, Civil Rights Memorial Center  Southern Poverty Law Center   Montgomery, AL

Katie Ericson

Director of Education,  Michael C. Carlos Museum,  Atlanta, GA

Nancy Fields

Director and Curator, The Museum of  the Southeast American Indian,  Pembroke, NC

Brigette Janea Jones

Director of Equitable Partnerships,  Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery,  Nashville, TN

Pamela D. C. Junior

Director, Two Mississippi Museums,  Mississippi Department of  Archives & History, Jackson, MS

Rosalind Martin

Director of Education,  Knoxville Museum of Art,  Knoxville, TN

Michelle Schulte

Senior Curator and Director  of Public Programs, LSU Museum of Art,  Baton Rouge, LA

Michael Scott

Project Manager,  Solid Light,  Louisville, KY

Ahmad Ward

Executive Director, Historic Mitchelville  Freedom Park, Hilton Head Island, SC

Lance Wheeler

Director of Exhibitions, National Center  for Civil and Human Rights,  Atlanta, GA


semc executive director’s notes

Dear SEMC,

I want to say a sincere THANK YOU to all who attended this year’s Annual Meeting and made SEMC 2022 possible. It was truly wonderful to see so many of you in Arkansas!

Running a conference in three cities was an ambitious undertaking, but with months of planning, collaboration, input, and SUPPORT from SEMC leadership, attendees, the wonderful Northwest Arkansas host committee, museums, and sites, generous sponsors, engaged and friendly exhibitors, loyal volunteers, all those who organized and presented sessions, our 2022 Keynote speaker,  Quantia Mills Fletcher,  the  Program Committee, and the professional  event and tech teams from Hutchinson Design Group, we were able to execute a successful annual meeting.

Over  450 registered for the SEMC2022 .

The  PheedLoop platform and new PheedLoop

Go! app provided attendees a virtual space to gather, post, find up-to-date conference information, and network. Representatives from 44 different companies that provide services to museums were available to all attendees in the 2022 Expo Hall in addition to tables showcasing the SEMC2022 publication contest winners, the Arkansas Museums Association, Visit Rogers, Arkansas Tourism, Student Work in Museums poster projects, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Attendees enjoyed evening events at many different Northwest Arkansas museums and sites including the  Daisy Airgun Museum, Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers Historical Museum, the Amazeum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Additionally, sites including the Museum of Native American History, Hunt Family Ozark Nature Center, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Tyson Foods Art Collection, and the

The Apollo Theater, in Springdale, AR, welcomed the SEMC Council Legacy Reception.

Walmart Museum  welcomed SEMC attendees for special excursions both pre- and post-conference. We offered walking tours of  downtown Rogers and Compton Gardens, offsite workshops on accessibility and interpretation as well as an opportunity for a volunteer group to participate in a Hands-on-Help collections project at the  Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. The  SEMC Equity and Inclusion Action Team met at the Convention Center and created this spectacular webpage for SEMC2022 attendees seeking direction for diverse experiences and histories in Northwest Arkansas. The SEMC Council came together to consider community partnerships with a wonderful panel of Northwest Arkansas organizational leaders. Finally, SEMC2022 saw the introduction of a dynamic roundtable discussion with 2022 Leadership Award recipients as well as Table Talk, a memorable evening session with direct conversation between a diverse group of participants that was important, necessary, and hopeful in terms of how our attendees interact as a SEMC community. SEMC2022 was a success because of your efforts and extraordinary support!

SEMC staff and leadership will assess the post-conference evaluations. We appreciate all the feedback on ways to make our annual meeting stronger as we continue to move SEMC into the next phase of its organizational life cycle.

It was an amazing feeling to be truly together for the 2022 Annual Meeting. The efforts of so many helped close the circle of change and adjustment after a few challenging years. I hope all who could attend enjoyed your participation and experience with SEMC2022 and that the return on investment in our organization continues! Carla, Heather, and I are so grateful for the palpable support of the SEMC leadership and all our members, and look forward to continued opportunities for engagement, networking, professional development, and strong, collegial support in 2023.



Table Talk at the 2022 SEMC annual meeting.


SEMC Members!

It is an honor to address you for the first time as president of the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and I hope that you have all had a productive fall. SEMC 2022 was an amazing gathering which provided colleagues a chance to connect, engage, and learn from a diverse array of perspectives and session presentations. Participants also enjoyed the opportunity to explore three separate communities in Northwest Arkansas, engage in new session features like Table Talk, and may have even run into a movie star or two on their way in or out of the airport.

I would like to thank our conference host committee, program committee, and all of our Northwest Arkansas partners for putting together a stellar program. Additionally, we are fortunate to have an outstanding Executive Director in Zinnia Willits who labored to develop and successfully implement the first multicity conference in the organization’s history. SEMC staff members Carla Phillips and Heather Nowak also did a fantastic job in managing registrations, answering questions, and helping solve various logistical challenges.

I hope you will join me in thanking our outstanding staff for all of their hard work! Thanks as well to all the session presenters, industry partners, and conference volunteers who shared their talents and time at this year’s annual meeting. Finally, thanks to our outstanding leadership council and outgoing president Heather Marie Wells for their service to the organization. The SEMC Council works throughout the year to support our members and I would like to thank each of them for their service.

In closing, I want to thank the membership for their trust in electing me to this position. SEMC has a bright future ahead as we turn the page and look toward 2023. We are looking forward to the return of the Jekyll Island Management Institute, continued relevant virtual programming, and a strong conference in Louisville, Kentucky. I am excited about the coming year and would like to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season!


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Reflect, Plan, Make Way for Improvements

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of another year! I’m grateful for having such an amazing SEMC team to work with and proud of the values we uphold to provide beneficial services and opportunities for our members to further the work they do. The uniqueness and diversity of our members provide so much opportunity for us to all grow and learn from each other’s strengths.

When I look back on the year, I want to give thanks for the support of our members. You rely on SEMC for a diverse culture, project collaboration and communication, and it is the love you have for the museum field that drives us to do our best.

During your year-end reflection, think about the ways you contributed to your team, both at your institution and through collaborations with SEMC colleagues. What gifts did you receive this year that helped further your goals? Take a moment to thank your SEMC fellow members for taking the journey with you through growth and accomplishments. If you hit a bumpy road or two this year (we all did!), learn from it and let it go. Letting go is vital to creating space for the new experiences that await you in 2023!

If you hit some bumpy roads this year (we all did!), learn from it and let it go, letting go is vital to create space for the new experiences that await you in 2023!

Finish this year strong and THANK YOU for being a member of SEMC’s amazing museum community.



Milledgeville, Georgia

Matt Davis is a native of Kinston, NC, and received his education at Georgia College & State University. Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History in 2002 and a Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History in 2004, he is currently employed as the Director of Historic Museums at Georgia College, which includes Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion, Andalusia: The Home of Flannery O’Connor, and The Sallie Ellis Davis House. His duties include service as administrative director and chief curator, oversight of the historic properties, research, educational programming, fundraising, and management of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees, Milledgeville Chapter.

Davis is a member of several professional museum groups and boards. He was the founder and first chair of the Milledgeville Museum Association and served as president of the Georgia Association of Museums from 2018-2021. In 2019, he was elected to the governing council of the Southeastern Museums Conference and was elected by the membership as Vice President


in 2020 and will assume the presidency in 2022. He also served as chair of the organization’s program and evaluation committee and was a founding co-chair of the Mid-Career professionals committee. Additionally, he is the immediate past State Awards Chair for the American Association of State and Local History, is a committeeman at large for CurCom, and serves as an accreditation reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums. Davis is a 2016 graduate of the 21st Century Museum Leadership Institute, which was sponsored by the George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution and a 2022 graduate of the Southeastern Museum Conference Leadership Institute. He is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at museum conferences nationwide. Aside from his duties at the museums, Davis teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgia College in the Museum Studies Program within the Department of Art. He also teaches at Georgia Military College in the History Department as an Adjunct Associate Professor of History. In 2008, Davis was named to Milledgeville Scene Magazine’s inaugural “20 under 40” list. In 2012, Davis was named as the Museum Professional of the Year by the Georgia Association of Museums. Davis has also served in a variety of capacities in various local organizations including current service as chair of the Milledgeville Convention and Visitors Bureau, as an advisor on the advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Georgia College, and was recently elected for his third term as a member of Georgia College’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. Matt resides in Gray, Georgia with his wife Lisa and his children Addison, Aiden, and Abigail.

Educated at Spelman College (BA), New York University (MA) and Emory University (MA and PhD), Calinda N. Lee founded Sources Cultural Resources Management, LLC to provide historically-resonant, inclusive interpretation and organizational development services. Calinda’s historical expertise informs

opportunities to connect stories and events from the past with current day circumstances. The value of community engagement in historical interpretation as well as civil and human rights work is of utmost importance to Calinda, and informs programs and initiatives under her leadership. Prior to reestablishing Sources as a fulltime, Lee served as the Head of Interpretation at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. She joined the executive leadership team at The Center to oversee its mission-focused work. In this role, she oversaw Education and Exhibitions teams as well as substantive program work on community partnerships. Calinda previously served as Vice President of Historical Interpretation and Community Engagement for the Atlanta History Center. In this role, she served as chief historian, considering historical interpretation for all aspects of the region’s past to develop the AHC’s primary collections, historic houses, historic gardens, and public programs. Calinda also developed Community Engagements and the AHC’s Neighborhoods Initiative. As a scholar and administrator, Dr. Lee has held teaching and administrative positions at Emory University, Loyola University Chicago and Spelman College. A prolific practitioner, she is an award-winning curator, writer, and educator. In addition to the engagements above, Lee she has worked with institutions including the United States State Department, Albuquerque Museum, the City Museum of Washington, DC, the Maryland Museum for African American Life and History, the Chicago History Museum, and Emory University, among others.


Kentucky Historical Society

Frankfort, Kentucky

Scott Alvey is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Historical Society. He directs the organization’s mission, values and strategic priorities through programming, publications, exhibits and other public resources.  Alvey began his career as an education volunteer for the Museum of History and Science in Louisville. As the museum grew into the Louisville Science Center, he led education programs, collections, facilities, and exhibition development. In 2008, he joined the Kentucky Historical Society as design studio director, leading efforts to create promotional and interpretative experiences. He became deputy director in 2012 and was named executive director in July 2018.

“Museums create pivotal experiences,” he said. “At the Kentucky Historical Society, we help people connect to history through ancestry, art, subject matter and many other touchpoints. It’s not about just putting things on display. It’s about giving people experiences that will inspire them and that they’ll remember.”

An Evansville, IN, native, Alvey holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Kentucky University and is a 2010 graduate of the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Seminar for

Historical Administration. He chaired the host committee for the AASLH 2015 Conference in Louisville, KY, was president of the Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance and state director for the Southeast Museums Conference. He is in the 2022 class of Leadership Kentucky and serves on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Committee, Kentucky Military Heritage Commission, Kentucky Oral History Commission, and the Kentucky Sestercentennial Commission.


Deitrah J. Taylor

Public Historian/Dramaturg/Playwright Perry, Georgia

Deitrah Taylor is an independent curator and historian with 15 years of experience serving active learners of all ages. She previously worked as Cultural Center Coordinator for Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and has additioanl experience with both the Old Governor’s Mansion and Sallie Ellis Davis House where she established new tours within the space covered by local and regional media. Deitrah Taylor has served on term as SEMC Secretary and two terms as a Council Director. She was also a founding member of the SEMC Equity and Inclusion Action Team.


Past President

Heather Marie Wells

Digital Media Project Manager

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Bentonville, Arkansas

Heather Marie Wells is the digital media project manager at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Her projects have received numerous awards from museum associations at the state, regional, and national levels. She has presented several times at the Arkansas Museums Association (AMA), SEMC, and AAM. In 2008 she was named the SEMC Emerging Professional of the Year, and the AMA’s Staff of the Year in 2012. She is the AMA President, has served two terms as a Board Director for SEMC, and is a board member of the AAM Media & Technology Professional Network. Heather Marie is a passionate believer in the ability of technology to educate, excite, and engage people by forming personal connections between museums and the public.


Tafeni English Director

Civil Rights Memorial Center

Southern Poverty Law Center Montgomery, Alabama

Tafeni L. English is the director of the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC) in Montgomery, Alabama. The CRMC is an interpretive center that provides visitors with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. It is committed to honoring and advancing the contributions and cultural heritage of people who have been historically disenfranchised and oppressed. The CRMC includes the Civil Rights Memorial, designed by Maya Lin, which honors 40 men, women and children killed during the movement. In addition to overseeing the CRMC, English regularly travels across the country to speak to community and youth groups about ways to fight systemic racism and usher in social change for justice, equity, accessibility and inclusion for all. English first joined the SPLC in 1997 as a research analyst for its Intelligence Project, which monitors hate groups and other far-right extremists. She later served as the first director of the Mix It Up at Lunch Day program. Developed by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance program, now Learning for Justice, Mix It Up encourages schoolchildren to identify, question and cross social boundaries by sitting with someone new in the school cafeteria. English later worked for another Montgomery-based civil rights organization before returning to the SPLC in 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Troy University, where she also earned a master’s degree in counseling and psychology. Tafeni is a 2020 graduate of the SEMC Leadership Institute.


LSU Museum of Art Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Michelle Schulte began her museum career in 1999 at the Telfair Academy, part of the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, transitioning from a classroom art teacher in the local public school system to the museum’s Curator of Education. She went on to serve as the Curator of Education at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, where she was integral in cultivating community partnerships, developing programming, curating contemporary art exhibitions, managing departments and budgets, board relations, and authoring interpretation. While in Augusta, she also served as adjunct faculty at the Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Augusta University, and developed the Art Museum Studies Minor program. Since then, she has held positions as the Gallery Director and Chief Curator at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College in Florida, and continued to teach museum studies and arts management coursework. Schulte currently serves as the Senior Curator and Director of Public Programs at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She oversees a robust schedule of exhibitions, designs accompanying interpretation and programming, identifies and coordinates acquisitions, and manages a curatorial team of four full time professional

staff, LSU graduate assistants, and work study students. Schulte completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Georgia State Teaching Certification in Art Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University (now part of Georgia Southern University), both in Georgia, and received her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Passionate about continuing education and professional development, Schulte has held leadership positions with numerous museum and art education associations over the last twenty years, with a particular dedication to the Southeastern Museums Conference.

Director of Education

Katie Ericson is the Director of Education at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Prior to this role she was the Senior Manager, School and Volunteer Programs and manages the volunteer docent guild, and designs programs for K-12 students, teachers, and university students, creating interdisciplinary connections between visual art and STEM, language arts, history, and social emotional learning. She co-chairs the Carlos Museum’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, working across the institution and spearheading accessibility initiatives — including making the Carlos the first Art Museum in Georgia to receive


Sensory Inclusion Certification. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Management from Appalachian State University, and a master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Florida. Prior to the Carlos Museum, she worked as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University, Youth and Family Programs Fellow at North Carolina Museum of Art, and Exhibitions Assistant at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University. In addition to her role at the Carlos, Katie currently serves as the Museum Representative on the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Board and won the GAEA Museum Educator of the Year award in 2021. She is an incoming SEMC Council member as well as the chair of SEMC Educators Committee, former chair for the SEMC Emerging Museum Professionals (20162021), and an active member of the SEMC Program Committee. She also serves as a co-leader of the Atlanta Cultural Educators group, and in 2017 was the founder of the Atlanta Emerging Museum Professionals Network, serving as a co-leader for two years.

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Zinnia Willits presents Dr. David Butler with the 2022 James R. Short Award.

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 James R. Short Award, Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Award, Museum Leadership Award and Emerging Museum Professional Award. Winners were chosen from a wide range of nominees from across the Southeastern United States. The SEMC Awards Committee, chaired by Rosalind Martin with committee members, Pamela D.C. Junior, Nancy Strickland Fields and Robin Reed, honors outstanding colleagues who have helped shape the world of museums.

James R. Short Award

David Butler , Ph.D., Executive Director of the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee

Established by SEMC in 1981, the James R. Short Award recognizes individuals who have given a lifetime (20+ years) of service to the museum profession, with a significant portion of that service at a museum within the SEMC region. It is the most prestigious recognition of service to the museum profession in the southeast.

Dr. David Butler joined the Knoxville Museum of Art as executive director in 2006 after serving as the director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University since 2000; director of the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana 1995-2000; and the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York 1992-1995. He was also an instructor in art history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Butler earned a Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude in Art History and a Master’s Degree in Art History, both from Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in Art History with concentration on 17th century Italian Art from Washington University. Dr. Butler is a peer reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program and Accreditation Program of the American Alliance of Museums and received the 2004 Excellence in Peer Review Service Award, and is a Past Chair of the Council of Regional Associations for the American Alliance of Museums. He has served as a visual arts panelist for the Tennessee Arts Commission, has served on the board

of the Art and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the City of Knoxville Public Art Committee, the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission, and is past president of the Southeastern Museums Conference. During Dr. Butler’s time as SEMC President, he instituted a reserve fund to support SEMC during potential fiscal challenges, a visionary move that proved to be critical to SEMC’s sustainability during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also grew the SEMC endowment, knowing that it would support the organization’s success long into the future. Dr. Butler will serve as an instructor for the 2023 SEMC Jekyll Island Management Institute.

Excerpts from David Butler’s nomination letters:

David is a lifelong museum professional. He gives generously, and oftentimes humorously, of his knowledge to all who know him. Not originally from the southeast, his tenure has been a gift to the region and the profession.

It was my honor to join David as an Accreditation Peer Reviewer where I saw firsthand his empathy and commitment to the process, making what can be a daunting experience, a learning, supportive, smart, and collaborative one.

David is well respected by museum peers; cherished by the Knoxville and East Tennessee community; and treasured by the KMA donors, staff, and board of trustees. Under David’s leadership, the KMA has strived to move purposefully in the direction of being more accessible, more welcoming, more appealing, more inclusive, more relevant, more responsive, and more sustainable.

He has developed a terrific, talented, and dedicated staff with very low turnover. He works side-by-side with his team to get the work of the museum done. David has great relationships with the members of the board of trustees and his candidness and transparency are greatly appreciated. He skillfully led the KMA team through the pandemic and emerged an even stronger institution with even bigger plans as we continue to fulfill our mission of celebrating East Tennessee’s rich, diverse visual culture, past and present, and the region’s connections to the wider currents of world art.

David Butler.

Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Award

Deborah L. Mack , Ph.D., Director of Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past and Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C

Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Award

Deborah L. Mack , Ph.D., Director of Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past and Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C

Initiated in 1999, this award recognizes a leader with 10 or more years of service to an allied or affiliated professional organization. Such a leader will have assisted the museum profession in areas including program organization and long-term cultural development.

Dr. Deborah L. Mack has been the Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC since 2012. In this role, she is the principal executive responsible for strategic partnerships and international activities that benefit African American and African Diaspora museums and related cultural institutions. She also serves as Director of the Smithsonian program, Our Shared Future: Reckoning with our Racial Past, a

Museum Leadership Award

Michelle Schulte , Senior Curator and Director of Public Programs at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

collaborative, multidisciplinary platform to explore how race has informed lives, regardless of individual racial or ethnic identity, and the complicated history and legacy of race and racism in communities and institutions. Dr. Mack has over thirty years of experience as a curator, educator, consultant, and museum administrator. Her sustained, active involvement in the Association of African American Museums (AAAM), Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and many other professional organizations have established Dr. Mack as a sought-after leader for advice and guidance for museum professionals and cultural institutions across the region, country and internationally. Dr. Mack holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in anthropology from Northwestern University and a B.A. in geography from the University of Chicago. Among her career accomplishments, she served as a museum consultant from 2000 to 2012 with a national and international professional practice centered around museum planning and strategic planning, interpretive and exhibition development, and cultural and heritage tourism.

Dr. Mack joined the SEMC Council in 2016 and took an active role bringing many years of leadership and


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administrative experience to the Council. She inspired and guided discussion on how to diversify the Council to better reflect the SEMC membership, helped recruit dynamic leaders to the Council, played an active role in 2017 and 2020 strategic planning, and encouraged SEMC leadership to collaborate and partner with other associations, including the Association of African American Museums. She was a founding member of the SEMC Leadership Institute Planning Committee and championed a move toward transparent and equitable cohort selection and evaluation practices for all SEMC programs. Her time on SEMC Council and service to the organization was transformational.

Excerpts from Dr. Mack’s nomination letters:

As a member of my team at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Dr. Mack played a critical role in ensuring that the museum engaged, supported, and involved communities around the nation in programming, collecting, and educational outreach efforts. Dr. Mack has been a strong proponent of the role of museums over her decades of experience, and,

as Founding Director of NMAAHC, I was privileged to see how her work helped create a sense of community and belonging that went beyond the walls of the museum.  Dr. Mack’s professional accomplishments are only matched by her dedication and commitment to the work of museums. She has helped transform the nation’s views of museums and create true community engagement spaces, and as a field we are deeply indebted to her for her work.

I met Dr. Mack longer ago than either of us would like to remember, but she changed my life. She also single handedly charted the course of the new museum where I worked. If you know her, you know this is not extraordinary for her. This is what she does. Over the years as I’ve collaborated with her, I watched, listened, and learned; in-turn she helped forge a career path for me. If you know her, you know I’m one of many for whom she is an important mentor. This is what she does. Dr. Mack helped McLeod Plantation Historic Site achieve its vision to be among the nation’s foremost sites for interpreting the ongoing struggle for Black freedoms. If you know her, you know she props museums up. This is what she does.

Dr. Mack constantly scans the landscape, recognizes potential, then works to supplement that potential with resources so success is achieved; all while maintaining a humble “let’s get the work done” attitude. She has touched so many institutions and museum professionals in such meaningful ways that her impacts will ripple for decades. Her contribution to the museum field has been in both thought and action. Despite her many accolades, Dr. Mack has established a humble legacy as a servant leader to the broader field of cultural heritage and the development of future generations that will sustain the importance of this field. She empowers all those she encounters and often leaves you in awe and wanting to work harder to become the best version of themselves. Being a person of change and moving beyond the boundaries of tradition takes hard work and dedication and is not for the faint of heart. Dr. Mack embodies this philosophy and once said that you can be comfortable or you can be effective.

Katie Ericson , Director of Education, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, Georgia

Museum Leadership Award

Michelle Schulte , Senior Curator and Director of Public Programs at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Initiated in 1994, this award recognizes mid-career museum professionals who have shown significant advancement within the profession by leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region.

Michelle Schulte began her museum career in 1999 at the Telfair Academy, part of the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, transitioning from a classroom art teacher in the local public school system to the museum’s Curator of Education. She went on to serve as the Curator of Education at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, where she was integral in cultivating community partnerships, developing programming, curating contemporary art exhibitions, managing departments and budgets, board relations, and authoring interpretation. While in Augusta, she also served as adjunct faculty at the Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Augusta University, and developed the Art Museum Studies Minor program. Since then, she has held positions as the Gallery Director and Chief Curator at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College in Florida, and continued to teach museum studies and arts management coursework. Ms. Schulte currently serves as the Senior Curator and Director of Public Programs at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She oversees a robust schedule of exhibitions, designs accompanying interpretation and programming, identifies and coordinates acquisitions, and manages a curatorial team of four full-time professional staff, LSU graduate assistants, and work study students. Ms. Schulte completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Georgia State Teaching Certification in Art Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University (now part of Georgia Southern University), and received her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Passionate about continuing education and professional development,

Ms. Schulte has held leadership positions with numerous museum and art education associations over the last twenty years, with a particular dedication to the Southeastern Museums Conference where she is an incoming Council member and has served several terms as Program Committee Chair and remains an active member of the Committee.

Excerpts from Michelle Schulte’s nomination letters:

Michelle has been an extremely active SEMC member for years and has definitely shown all of the characteristics of a leader in our field. She has been engaged on the SEMC Program Committee and often volunteers to make sessions better; she is an excellent recruiter and will actively find new committee members and get others involved. At conferences, Michelle not only volunteers as a program committee member, a session shepherd, and as a speaker, but also as a mentor for emerging museum professionals. Over the years, I have seen her jump into action to man a table when a volunteer is needed or to fill in when a speaker is missing. I have known Michelle for almost fifteen years and can’t count the number of times I have seen her step into a leadership role and help someone else out. She never asks for any recognition and is often the first one to claim she didn’t do anything special.

Over the past two years, Michelle has taken on the huge responsibility (as a volunteer) of helping to shepherd SEMC’s fledgling virtual program series. Early in the pandemic she organized virtual sessions for museum educators and solicited speakers, coordinated meetings, moderated program sessions, developed marketing content, and kept a running list of innovative ideas for SEMC programs. In addition, Michelle provided critical volunteer support for SEMC’s 2021 Hybrid Annual Meeting as Program Committee Chair.

Michelle has provided a great deal of support for SEMC for the last 20 years and has been a vital component of our volunteer leadership corps. She has served largely in the background, but has always been willing to work, develop new ideas, engage leaders, and question when things should have been done that were not.

Michelle has over fifteen years of experience as a curator, educator, and museum professional. Her sustained, active involvement in the Southeastern Museums Conference has


established Michelle as a “go-to” leader in the region for advice and guidance for museum professionals at all career levels. Her skills, knowledge, warm personality, and dedication to museums and their value to communities have benefited the entire SEMC community for many years and identify Michelle as a professional to be recognized with the 2022 SEMC Museum Leadership Award.

Emerging ProfessionalsMuseumAward

Katie Ericson , Director of Education, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, Georgia

Initiated in 2007, this award recognizes emerging professionals who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in museum activities at their institutions, within the museum profession, and especially in the southeast region.

Katie Ericson is the Director of Education at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Prior to this role she was the Senior Manager, School and Volunteer Programs and manages the volunteer docent guild, and designs programs for K-12 students, teachers, and university students, creating interdisciplinary connections between visual art and STEM, language arts, history, and social emotional learning. She co-chairs the Carlos Museum’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, working across the institution and spearheading accessibility initiatives -- including making the Carlos the first Art Museum in Georgia to receive Sensory Inclusion Certification. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Management from Appalachian State University, and a master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Florida. Prior to the Carlos Museum, she worked as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University, Youth and Family Programs Fellow at North Carolina Museum of Art, and Exhibitions Assistant at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University. In addition to her role at the Carlos, Katie currently serves as the Museum Representative on the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Board and won the GAEA Museum Educator of the Year award in 2021. She is an incoming SEMC Council member as well as the chair of SEMC Educators Committee, former chair for the SEMC

Emerging Museum Professionals (2016- 2021), and an active member of the SEMC Program Committee. She also serves as a co-leader of the Atlanta Cultural Educators group, and in 2017 was the founder of the Atlanta Emerging Museum Professionals Network, serving as a co-leader for two years.

Excerpts from Katie Ericson’s nomination letters:

Katie is a model member for our organization (SEMC) and the museum field. She has mentored younger professionals and has consistently stepped up to serve when asked.

Initially employed with the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Katie left a lasting impact with the students, and studentemployees who she worked with. In essence, she mentored many of these students to foster blooming humanities careers, some in museums and some outside of the field. She introduced thought provoking engagement activities including visual thinking strategies and advocated for diversity within her institution. She didn’t shy away from her advocacy as an educator by challenging leadership to do more and not settle for pushing the boundaries of how a museum could provoke critical thinking. She also didn’t hesitate to pick up a paint brush or move a wall when the situation required. Katie demonstrated the compassion and human interaction to be a successful museum educator while also showing measurable growth in relevant data sets. It isn’t easy balancing the demands of a director, artists, university hierarchy, and students, but Katie displayed the skills to successfully navigate the often competing requests.

Katie is someone who both sees the big picture and executes the strategy through tackling tasks and encouraging others to do the same. I’m honored to have served with her on several SEMC committees including the Program Committee and EMP Affinity Group. One of the most impressive aspects of Katie’s work is how involved she is in bringing together local groups to support each other. Katie serves on nearly a dozen different local teacher and cultural arts committees in the Atlanta area. Few make the commitment of time that she’s put into this arena.

During a time when so many museums are losing volunteers, Katie has continually found ways to grow the Carlos Museum’s volunteer group. I’ve come to rely on Katie to help me understand current and emerging trends in the field.


She understands best practices and how to apply them to real world situations. She freely shares this advice and follows up with me to see how things turned out. I’ve discussed with Katie her work with the museum’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee. She pushes her colleagues to do more and grow in their understanding of important social issues as it relates to the institution.

The 2022 James R. Short, Museum Leadership, Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Award and Emerging Museum Professional recipients were celebrated during the SEMC2022 Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on October 26, 2022 in Rogers, Arkansas with a live streamed leadership roundtable discussion. Each award recipient was presented with artwork from Mark Ferris, a Northwest Arkansas artist.

SEMC was proud to present the 2022 Professional Award Recipients with ceramics from Mark Ferris, an artist living and working in Northwest Arkansas and offering his works via the website, Blue Feather Pottery. About Mark Ferris’s art (in his own words):

I have been working with clay for over 19 years. My passion is exploring the earthier, natural look of the pottery tradition. Each unique pot is hand-thrown in symmetrical forms, generally trending toward the pottery and style of the American Southwest. The carbon-fired pieces use no glaze, so when touched the pieces give a feeling of warmth that brings one closer to the earth’s essence and naturalness. All pieces are bisque, and carbon-fired. Then smoke and reduction techniques may be applied. The firing materials dance upon the clay and leave exciting, random markings. The patterns left by this volatile process invoke the fiery chaos of nature, contrasted with the calm and serene patterns reminiscent of cloudy days and deep earthy textures. Each unique piece is handled almost 20 times and, in the end, tells its own story. Pottery is an ancient art. These one-of-a-kind, timeless pieces can be passed on for generations. When placed in an environment over time, the pieces have a powerful connective energy with those who enjoy them. Each piece holds the spirit of not only the potter but the bearer as well. The power of pottery has reflected this energy exchange throughout the ages. I have found, through

pottery, a vehicle that can transport the energy and space of a given time into the future. I have always felt a deep connection with the archetypal effect on consciousness and the awareness that pottery can bring to individuals and society. This art form expresses a timeless connection with the earth and the human spirit. I hope you enjoy my pottery. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.


SEMC’s 2022 Exhibition Competition Winners

Under $25,000 Budget

Gold:  Frazier History Museum — West of Ninth: Race, Reckoning, and Reconciliation

Gold:  Museum of the Cherokee Indian/ Asheville

Art Museum — A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary in Contemporary Art

Silver: Halsey Institue of Contemporary Art — Dyani

White Hawk: Hear Her

Bronze: Asheville Art Museum — Olympics Suite: Artistic Tribute, Golden Hour, and Precious Medals

Bronze: LSU Museum of Art — The Boneyard: The Ceramics Teaching Collection

Over $25,000 Budget

Gold: Tampa Bay History Center — Cuban Pathways

Silver: The Baker Museum — Pam Longobardi: Ocean Gleaning

Bronze: Asheville Art Museum — Modernist Design at Black Mountain College

Bronze: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston — Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks

Over $100,000 Budget

Gold: The Historic New Orleans Collection — Making Mardi Gras

Gold: The Historic New Orleans Collection — Backstage at A Streetcar Named Desire

Silver:  Tennessee State Museum — Painting the Smokies: Art, Community, and the Making of a National Park

Bronze: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill — Local Economies, Global Impacts

Bronze: Memphis Museum of Science & History — Memphis Proud: the Resilience of a Southern LGBTQ+ Community

Honorable Mention:  Customs House Museum & Cultural Center — Explorers Landing Exploring Our Town: An Adventure for All Ages

Honorable Mention:  Grassmere Historic Farm, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere — Morton Family Exhibit

Over $1,000,000 Budget

Gold: Mississippi Museum of Art — A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration

Many thanks to the 2022 Exhibition Competition

Chair and Judges: Emilie Arnold (chair), Independent Exhibition Developer & Museum Profession, Dalton, GA 2022 Exhibition Competition Judges; Rebecca Bush, Curator of History/Exhibitions Manager, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Katie Ericson, Director of Education, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Madeleine Miller, Exhibition Designer, Symmetry, Atlanta, GA/Jackson, MS.

Frazier History Museum’s West of Ninth exhibition.

SEMC’s 2022 Publication Competition Winners


Facet Newsletter, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia


Gold: New Orleans Museum of Art

Silver: Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Bronze: Cook Museum of Natural Science

Books & Catalogure Gold: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks


Gold: Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston

Silver: The World of Marty Stuart Book, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Bronze: Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful, The Columbus Museum

Best in Show and Gold in Magazines & Newsletters: Facet, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia.

Honorable Mention: Electric Rhythms, Huntington Museum of Art

Honorable Mention: Crossed Kalunga by the Stars & Other Acts of Resistance, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University


Gold: John Leslie Breck Exhibition Brochure, The Mint Museum

Silver: Means of Identification: New Acquisitions to the WFU Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art, Spotlight, Hanes Gallery, Wake Forest University

Bronze: 2022 Valentine Cards, Cook Museum of Natural Science

Campaigns Gold: LSU Museum of Art’s Form & Fire.


Gold: Form & Fire: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection Campaign, LSU Museum of Art

Silver: 2022 Volunteer Appreciation Week Campaign, Cook Museum of Natural Science

Bronze: Explorations of Self: Black Portraiture from the Cochran Collection, Hanes Gallery, Wake Forest University

Honorable Mention: Forces of Nature Fun Day Campaign, Cook Museum of Natural Science

Gallery Guides Gold: Tennessee State Museum’s Tennessee at 225.


Gold: Tennessee at 225: Highlights from the Collection Gallery Guide, Tennessee State Museum

Silver: Activity Book, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University

Brochures & Rack Cards Gold: The Mint Museum’s John Leslie Breck brochure.

Bronze: A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art Exhibition Booklet, Asheville Art Museum and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Honorable Mention: “A Thousand Miles and Counting” Curriculum Guide, Savannah College of Art and Design

Honorable Mention: “Exhibits Scavenger Hunt Series, Cook Museum of Natural Science

Bronze: Second & Commerce, Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Honorable Mention: Art Talk Newsletter, LSU Museum of Art


Gold: The Mint Museum Coveted Couture Gala Invitation, The Mint Museum

Silver: “Pirates & Pearls” Invitation, Marco Island Historical Society

Bronze: Bestoff Memorial Invitation, New Orleans Museum of Art


Gold: Facet (newsletter), Georgia Museum of Art

Silver: Inspired: The Mint Museum Magazine, The Mint Museum


Gold: 2021 Christmas Card, Cook Museum of Natural Science

Silver: Enchanted Bookmark: Skeleton Pirate, Hunter Museum of American Art

Silver: Enchanted Bookmark: The Green Children, Hunter Museum of American Art

Bronze: Reception Invites, Customs House Museum & Cultural Center


Gold: It Came from Storage, The Columbus Museum

Silver: Mississippi Makers Fest Poster, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Bronze: No Food or Drink Poster, Cook Museum of Natural Science

Invitations Gold: The Mint Museum’s Coveted Couture Gala. Mailers & Calendars Gold: Cook Museum of Natural Science’s Christmas cars.

Honorable Mention: Sand Unshaken: The Origin Story of Alma Thomas, The Columbus Museum

Honorable Mention: The Defenders Poster, The Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Many thanks to the 2022 Publication Competition

Chair and Judges: Lizz Biswell (chair), Associate Director, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Laura Pelzer, Chief Strategy Officer, Charleston Library Society, Charleston, SC; Nandini McCauley, Director of Marketing and Communications, College of Charleston School of the Arts, Charleston, SC

SEMC’s 2022 CompetitionTechnology Winners


Under $1,000 Budget

Gold: The Enslaved Polks, President James K. Polk State Historic Site

Silver: Family and Educator’s Guide to the Ed Jonson Memorial, Hunter Museum of American Art


Under $1,000 Budget

Gold: Hunter Underground/Above Ground Developmental Campaign, Hunter Museum of American Art

Silver: Maritime Passport, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

Bronze: What does a CHUCKWALLA want for Christmas? E-Blast, Cook Museum of Natural Science

$1,000–$4,999 Budget

Gold: Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Instagram Video Campaign, New Orleans Museum of Art

Posters Gold: The Columbus Museum’s It Came from Storage.


$1,000–$4,999 Budget

Gold: Making Mardi Gras Digital Interactives & Installations, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Silver: Backstage at A Street Car Named Desire, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Over $10,000 Budget

Gold: Magnetic Core Interactive, Cook Museum of Natural Science


Under $1,000 Budget

Gold: Cartographic Legacies: Maps at The Historic New Orleans Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Silver: North Side Skull and Bone Gang: Big Chief Bruce Sunpie Barnes on the History & Future of One of New Orleans’ Oldest Mardi Gras Traditions, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Bronze: Citizen Science Video, Cook Museum of Natural Science

$1,000–$4,999 Budget

Gold: Binder Podcast, Columbia Museum of Art

Silver: Motion to Move Video & Virtual Premiere, New Orleans Museum of Art

Bronze: “Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds” Exhibition Trailer, New Orleans Museum of Art

$5,000–$9,999 Budget

Gold: Souvenirs of Earth: Creative Concept Studio Video, New Orleans Museum of Art

Silver: MYNA Video, Hunter Museum of American Art

Bronze: Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Mobile Guide, New Orleans Museum of Art

Over $1o,000 Budget

Gold: The Defenders: How Lawyers Protected the Movement, Mississippi Department of Archives and History


Under $1,000 Budget

Gold: #TeamNick Social Media Campaign, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Silver:  “Enchanted” Social Media Campaign, Hunter Museum of Art

Bronze: Sustainability Webpage, Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Many thanks to the 2022 Technology Competition Chairs and Judges: Scott Warren (chair), Historic Site Manager II, President James K. Polk State Historic Site, Pineville, North Carolina; Scotty Almany (chair), Digital Media, Programming & Exhibit Logistics Manager, Birthplace of Country Music; Alexander Brooks (jury foreman), Education Manager, Gaston County Museum, Dallas, North Carolina; Truly Matthews, Curator of Education, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; Lizz Biswell, Associate Director, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Arrow Salkeld, Collections Specialist, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, Historic Resources and Museum Program, Raleigh, NC; Kate Daly, Visual Culture Archivist, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA; Drew Ulrich, Curator, Division of Arkansas Heritage, Delta Cultural Center, Helena, AR.

SEMC’s 2022 SWIM Competition Winners

University students throughout our region are engaged in challenging and important work in southeastern museums. They are doing research, producing exhibits, conducting oral history interviews, creating content for websites, and developing public programs. SEMC is committed to recognizing and rewarding excellence in museum work done by students through the annual Spotlight on Student Work in Museums (SWIM) competition.


Radical Access: Neurodiverse Adult Programming

Lee Anne Spear, Museum Studies M.A., The International Spy Museum, The George Washington University

Digital Storytelling and User Experience in Online Exhibition Development

Mia Jackson, English & Art History, Gadsden Arts

Center & Museum, Florida State University

SWIM posters exhibited at the 2022 SEMC annual meeting.

Frameworks: Designing a Board Game for the Academic Art Gallery

Dianna Bradley, Museum Education and Visitor

Centered Curation PhD, Florida State University

Audrey Jacob, Museum Education and Visitor

Centered Curation PhD, Florida State University

Ashley Williams, Museum Education and Visitor

Centered Curation PhD, Florida State University

Minki Jeon, Art Education PhD, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University

Why Academic Museums Need Student Advisory Boards: A Case Study of the McClung Student Advisory Board (MSAB)

Sadie Counts, Anthropology PhD, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee

Sean Burke, College Scholars: Museum Accessibility, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee

Lisette Morris, Art History, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee

Beyond the Book: Incorporating the Contextual Model of Learning to Curriculum Development

Paige Perryman, History and Political Science, Belle Meade Historic Site, Mississippi State University






Arkansas Tourism (Event Management)

Visit Rogers (Event Management)

Smithsonian: Reckoning with our Racial Past (Event Management)


Christie’s (Lead Sponsor Director/Trustee Luncheon/ Reception)

Risk Strategies (Director/Trustee Luncheon/ Reception)

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (Event Management)

National Museum of African American History & Culture– Office of Strategic Partnerships, Smithsonian Institute (Event Management)

Visit Bentonville (Evening Events)


Atelier 4 (Evening Events)

CatalogIt (Awards Luncheon)

Charityproud (Tote Bags)

Collector Systems (Lanyards)

Conserv (Resource Expo Bars, SERA Luncheon)

Haizlip Studio (Evening Events)

Riggs Ward Design (Conference Wi-Fi)

Solid Light, Inc. (Keynote Address)


Art Display Essentials, a 10-31 Company (Resource Expo Receptions)

Bonsai Fine Arts, Inc. (Volunteer T-shirts)

ERCO Lighting (Resource Expo Receptions)

Exhibit Concepts, Inc. (Resource Expo Receptions)

HealyKohler Design (Resource Expo Receptions)

Monadnock (CurCom Luncheon)

Odyssey by History IT (Resource Expo Receptions)

Our Fundraising Search (Resource Expo Receptions)

Truist (Registration Table)

US Art Company (SERA Luncheon)


Museum Trustee Association (Leadership Luncheon)

National Association for Museum Exhibition (Expo Hall Networking and Refreshment Breaks)




Rogers Historical Museum, Roger, AR

Daisy Airgun Museum, Rogers, AR Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers, AR

The Momentary, Bentonville, AR

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville, AR

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale, AR


J B and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center, Springdale, AR

Museum of Native American History, Bentonville, AR

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

Historic Cane Hill, Cane Hill, AR

Compton Gardens and Arboretum, Bentonville, AR

Rogers Historical Museum, Rogers AR

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield, AR

The Walmart Museum, Bentonville, AR

Tyson Foods Corporate Collection, Springdale, AR


1220 Exhibits

Art Display Essentials, a 10-31 Company


Available Light

Boston Productions, Inc.

Brunk Auctions


Cinebar Productions

Collector Systems


Delta Designs

Displays Fine Art Services


ERCO Lighting


Evolv Technology

Exhibit Concepts




Goosepen Studio & Press

Haizlip Studio

Healy Kohler Design


MBA Design and Display Products

Museum Exchange

Nabholz Construction

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Odyssey by History IT

Patterson Pope

Riggs Ward Design

Risk Strategies

Solid Light, Inc.

Southern Custom Exhibits of Alabama, Inc.


Studio Art Quilt Associates

The Design Minds, Inc.

TourMate Systems


Universal Fiber Optic Lighting

Upland Exhibits

US Art Company

Zone Display Cases

Thank you also for sharing information at SEMC 2022:

Arkansas Tourism

Institute of Museum of Museum and Library Services

Visit Rogers





African American Museum Professional

Clarke Brown, Curatorial Fellow, LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA

Brandon V. Lewis, Educator & Public Programs Manager, LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Art, Baton Rouge, LA

Emerging Museum Professional

Mary Hull, Accessibility Coordinator, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Morgan Wilson, Campaign Coordinator, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA


Eboni Belton, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Sean Burke, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Small Museum Professional

Angie Berry, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Gadsden Arts Center and Museum, Quincy, FL

General Museum Professional

Christin Anglin, Deputy Director, Historic Clayborn Temple, Memphis, TN

President’s Scholarship

Samantha Bynum, Director/Curator, Logan County Museum, Paris, AR

Historic House Museum Professional

Patricia Shandor, Visitor Services Coordinator, Lexington County Museum, Lexington, SC


What were the biggest takeaways from your SEMC2022 Experience?

I was excited to meet so many attendees working at small museums. It was a great opportunity to compare notes with museums of similar size and budget, which isn’t always the case at large conferences. I also appreciated the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the conference. As a first-time attendee, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but everyone went out of their way to be friendly.

Winning a travel stipend to attend SEMC2022 was truly surprising and so humbling. As soon as I was notified, I began plotting and planning. I looked at the schedule probably a hundred times during the summer in excitement of my first SEMC conference. As time got closer, things at work became increasingly busy as we prepared to close our Museum for a capital renovation, and attending the conference took a back seat in my mind. So of course, when it came to the Saturday before

Angie Barry, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, Quincy, Florida Morgan Wilson, Campaign Coordinator, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia

the trip, and I hadn’t packed (well, let’s be honest – I hadn’t even done laundry in 2 weeks) or written out a step-by-step itinerary, my anxiety was on 10. When I reminisce over that week now, I am so glad I pushed through those feelings! Upon arrival, I was directed to the welcome table where I received a tote bag full of information – every session, vendor, and staff member listed so that I could easily follow along with the week’s happenings. Then, to top it off, there was an app!! Those tools gave me the confidence to glide through the conference, even as a newbie. Then there were the people, and let me tell you there were a LOT! My introverted self had to take several breaks throughout the week just to keep up, but WOW!! what incredible connections made. I learned what “museum family” truly means. I left the conference challenged, determined to continue in my professional development, and with a renewed passion for my love of museums and non-profit work. The incredibly friendly staff, new friends and professional connections, the sessions that really pushed me outside of my comfort box, and that handy phone app marked SEMC2022 a true success in my book!

most of the books in the Searcy House library. Even the docents at the Rogers Historical Museum entertained us through a whirlwind of back-to-back ghost tours at the Mix on the Bricks event. Everyone worked very hard to provide the best experience in Northwest Arkansas. Museums have had to readjust, reinterpret, and reinvent themselves since 2020. These challenges have made for some provocative sessions and conversations. Even livelier conversations occurred outside of the sessions and after hours in the bar of the Embassy Suites. Here I met many of the new-to-me people in the field. These professionals were eager to collaborate and commiserate on the outlook of post-pandemic museum environment. One thing I’ve noticed about SEMC members is that you’re never a stranger for long. I came back to Lexington, SC with ideas to implement at my institution, mainly related to inclusive interpretation, docent management and new ideas for revenue. I suggested we open a winery onsite like Belle Meade Historic Site, unfortunately, my board assumed I was only joking.

I always take an extra day to explore the area ahead of the conference. This time I ventured into the Ozarks, which are just different enough from the Appalachian ranges I’m used to seeing. This wilderness therapy helped me mentally prepare for the conference, which was going to be about subverting expectations and changing narratives. Museum workers are some of the strongest and most resilient groups of professionals I have met. From the staff at Historic Cane Hill and Prairie Grove Battlefield who pulled out all of the stops for me even though I was the only attendee for the preconference tour. To the HHMAG members who despite the smaller-than-usual group, managed to catalogue

SEMC was a well-executed conference. It was a pleasure to meet up with members of my Leadership Institute cohort and meet new museum professionals. The sessions were informative, and provided muchneeded context for the work that we are currently doing and plan to do at Historic Clayborn Temple in Memphis, TN. My biggest takeaways were the Table Talk session and the connections that I made with other professionals. It was so lovely to see different people coming together to have hard, necessary conversations. To sit in a room with people and listen to their stories, perspective, and history is how bonds are formed, connections are made, and the right change occurs.

Christine Anglin, Deputy Director, Historic Clayborn Temple, Memphis, Tennessee

As a first-time attendee of SEMC I was very excited to go to the conference. It was a pleasure to be surrounded by colleagues who have been in the museum field for many years. I was afforded the opportunity to sit with a few of them and gain a great deal of knowledge and advice. The sessions were excellent and provided a positive outlet for all the attendees. It was evident that the SEMC leadership team was committed to ensuring that the conference was not only engaging, but also memorable. SEMC motivates museum professionals to go back to their institutions and take them to higher heights.  I look forward to attending more conferences in the future!

As an attendee, my participation in the 2022 Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC) was an invaluable experience. I was able to network with colleagues, who had much longer experience in the field. The well-chosen content of the sessions broadened the scope of my knowledge. I am appreciative of the SEMC leadership team, who worked to ensure that conference participants visited local institutions and met their dedicated staff members. I look forward to attending SEMC conferences in the future.

I want to express my gratitude for being awarded the President’s Award to attend SEMC2022 in Northwest Arkansas. It was an amazing experience and it was an honor to share my home state with SEMC. My biggest takeaway from this year’s conference is that we, as museum professionals, experience similar issues. No matter the size and type of institution. Our profession is evolving, and I am grateful we can come together, listen, learn, share, and garner understanding to enhance our profession and institutions. Samantha Bynum is also the (part-time) Curator of Prairie Gove Battlefield State Park, in Prairie Grove, AR.

I had an amazing time at my first SEMC Conference. Each panel I attended was engaging and included multiple ideas and practices that I can incorporate into my own work as a museum professional and a graduate student. My biggest takeaway from SEMC is that as much as we are museum professionals, we are a family. The “Table Talk” night session, which was led by Brigette Jones, Ahmad Ward, and Lance Wheeler, provided a safe space for conference attendees to have uncomfortable conversations concerning the museum world. After the close of the session, attendees continued to engage in these conversations and expressed their love and support for their colleagues.

Brandon Lewis, Educator & Public Programs Manager, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Samantha Bynum, Director/Curator, Logan County Museum, Paris, Arkansas Mary Jane (Molly) Hull, Accessibility Coordinator, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina Eboni Belton, Student, Historian, Emerging Museum Professional, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Sean Burke, Student, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

I was extremely thankful to have been awarded a SEMC student scholarship, and I was amazed at the opportunity that it proved to be. The chance to meet and speak with museum professionals from around the country was eye-opening, to say the least. I have a much better understanding of the universality of some parts of museum work, as well as how unique each museum is in its entirety. The variety of session topics allowed me to both expand on my previous work experiences with examples from other museums and learn about which new issues I want to learn more about. I left SEMC 2022 with a renewed passion for my future museum career, and I look forward to future annual meetings!

Thank you to SEMC leadership for coordinating a great annual meeting in northwest Arkansas! I enjoyed meeting new colleagues and being in such a welcoming atmosphere as a first- time attendee. Many of the workshops offered helpful tips and information that I will use at my institution and beyond. I look forward to attending more SEMC events in the future.

Clarke Brown, Curatorial Fellow, LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Love is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the 2022 SEMC Conference in Arkansas. Not only did I love my experience, but I also loved every person I interacted with.

I spent the bulk of the conference meeting all types of museum professionals who held a variety of positions within the field, and I also had the pleasure of spending some time at the registration check-in with Carla Phillips, the Communication and Membership Services Manager, helping to distribute information packets.

This past fall, as the SEMC team was preparing for the annual conference, I had the chance to help Ms. Phillips

with the bulk of the conference prep work. Our tasks were varied, from printing name badges and writing schedules to alphabetizing (so much alphabetizing!) letters and envelopes. Ms. Phillips and I spent the weeks leading up to the conference at the Atlanta History Center twice a week, strategizing and configuring the most efficient way to distribute the information packets to make the registration process easy for everyone at the conference.

I also got to witness all the conference preparation from the perspective of both Zinnia Willits, the Executive Director, and Heather Nowak, the Program Administrator. Seeing the behind-the-scenes process


and all the moving parts come to fruition makes this experience much more impactful and memorable.

I am so grateful that I was able to experience and be a part of all the hard work and dedication these lovely women have done. During the conference, I broke off with subgroups and attended sessions that aided in meaningful and interactive conversations. However, my favorite part of my time at the convention center was the breakfast I shared with my Spelman sisters and a small yet growing cohort of distinguished African American museum professionals. They took the time

to nurture, care, and bestow knowledge on those of us who are just starting in this fast-paced industry. Words cannot express the amount of comfort and love I felt while eating breakfast on the last day of our trip. I took in so much information and am grateful I got the opportunity to share some of these experiences with you all. Thank you to the SEMC family for helping make this a memorable first conference experience for me, and happy holidays!

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SEMC Endowment Contributions

Many thanks to our endowment contributors for investing in the future of SEMC! When you are thinking of honoring or remembering someone, please consider a contribution to the SEMC endowment. For more information, contact Executive Director Zinnia Willits at 404.814.2048 or

David Butler

Elise LeCompte

Nathan Moehlmann

Graig Shaak

Heather Marie Wells


Members of the Past Presidents Circle contribute $150 annually for at least two years to the endowment fund:

George Bassi

Sharon Bennett

David Butler

Charles “Tom” Butler

Tamra Sindler Carboni

Micheal A. Hudson

Darcie MacMahon

Douglas Noble

Robert Rathburn

Graig D. Shaak

Robert Sullivan

Kristen Miller Zohn


Thirty members of SEMC have made commitments of distinction as Alderson Fellows. Their investment of at least $1,000 each is a significant leadership gift, reflective of a personal commitment to the professional association that has meant so much to each of them.

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Sylvia F. Alderson

Bob Rathburn

Graig D. Shaak

Nancy & Robert Sullivan

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George Bassi

Sharon Bennett

David Butler

Tamra Sindler Carboni

William U. Eiland

Martha Battle Jackson

Pamela Meister

Richard Waterhouse

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T. Patrick Brennan

Michael Brothers

W. James Burns

Matthew Davis

Horace Harmon

Brian Hicks

Pamela Hisey

Micheal Hudson

Kathleen Hutton

Rick Jackson

Andrew Ladis

John Lancaster

Elise LeCompte

Allyn Lord

Michael Anne Lynn

R. Andrew Maass

Darcie MacMahon

Susan Perry

Robin Seage Person

Allison Reid

Steve Rucker

Michael Scott Warren

Heather Marie Wells

Kristen Miller Zohn

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Michael (Scott) Warren

Heather Marie Wells


Patrick Daily

Matthew Davis

William Eiland

Nick Gray

Hutchinson Design Group

R. Andrew Maass

Katy Menne

Marianne Richter

Michael Scott

Heather Marie Wells

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

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Joy Tahan Ruddell


Carolyn Reams

Elise LeCompte


Robin Reed

Michael (Scott) Warren

Heather Marie Wells

Association of African American Museums

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Debbie Shaw, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Beth Shea, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Appleton Museum of Art Welcomes Award-Winning Flamenco Guitarist Dr. Silviu Ciulei as Composer in Residence

Vanessa Scott , Museum Specialist, Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida

Earlier this year, Jason Steuber, the Director of the Appleton Museum of Art , College of Central Florida, invited Dr. Silviu Octavian Ciulei to be the museum’s inaugural Composer in Residence. Romanian born Ciulei is an award-winning classical and flamenco Guitarist, who began learning how to play the guitar at the age of 6 and joined the conservatory at 7. By age 13, he had already won his first performance prize,

which marked the first of many awards and recognitions received both in Europe and the United States. Ciulei is currently the Director of Guitar Studies at the University of Florida and is also a member of the freshly minted Global Music Award winners Maharajah Flamenco Trio. The group, founded in 2011, is comprised of Ciulei, Ramin Yazdanpanah and David Cobb. With two critically acclaimed and successful albums under their belts, Maharajah Flamenco Trio craft their expression of Flamenco Nuevo (New or “modern” flamenco) by fusing the art of flamenco with jazz, classical and world music.

Dr. Silviu Ciulei in the courtyard of the Appleton Museum of Art. Photo by Vanessa Scott.

The museum residence gave Ciulei the opportunity to spend time visiting the galleries and explore Appleton’s artworks in order to choose one as inspiration for a new composition. Working alongside Museum Specialist Vanessa Scott, Ciulei found a strong connection with a bronze sculpture called Neapolitan Fisherboy, c. 1860, by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827-1875). This resulted in the creation of an original piece of music, “Escucha el Mar (Listen to the Sea).” Maharajah Flamenco Trio performed the world premiere of the new song as part of their concert at the museum on September 15.

Neapolitan Fisherboy is currently on view in the museum’s European galleries and depicts an adolescent boy smiling, while holding up a conch shell to his ear. On his

object of inspiration, Ciulei says, “After the last couple of years we have had, I wanted to choose something positive. When looking at the artwork and thinking about the text for the vocals, I knew I could do so much more just by involving this teenage boy listening to the sea. Maybe he is remembering a person he loves, or his love at home, or the love of his parents. The inspirational options are so many that it allows me to play with words and ideas when figuring out the lyrics.”

As a musician, it is not the first time Ciulei has composed a piece of music inspired by another art form. At the age of 16, one of the first songs he wrote was “Mă gândesc numai la tine (I’m always thinking about you);” written after watching the performance of a very talented young flamenco dancer. More recently one of

Dr. Silviu Ciulei with Neapolitan Fisherboy, c. 1860, a bronze sculpture by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, his inspiration for the original compostion “Escucha el Mar.” Photo by Vanessa Scott.
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the songs, “Mar Negro” on the trio’s latest album, was inspired after Ciulei attended one of his wife’s violin performances. “I would have to say though, that this is the first time I have walked through a museum with the purpose of getting inspired to write a new piece, which will then be performed in that same museum. It’s a great idea and I really appreciate Jason for inviting me to compose in this way.”

Adding a composer in residence is another way the Appleton Museum of Art is carrying out Arthur Appleton’s vision, Steuber explained.

“Silviu was the ideal fit for the composer-in-residence program’s inaugural artist as he and the Maharajah Flamenco Trio are global citizen musicians and professional educators with ties to Florida and the Appleton,” Steuber said. “Mr. Appleton’s vision for the museum to

be a place for art for all aligns with this multidisciplinary program. We’re proud of the museum’s world class art and for the world premiere performance by Maharajah Flamenco Trio.”

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Georgia Museum of Art and Terra Foundation Team Up

On June 1, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia began a new partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art when it received four oil paintings from the Terra’s renowned collection that will be on loan for the next four years. The collaboration also includes a grant for $25,000 each year of the loan to fund exhibitions and programming related to these works. The museum will work with the Terra Foundation to center marginalized and underrepresented perspectives in American art by pairing the foundation’s paintings with works from its own

collection that resonate with these expanded narratives. Founded by Daniel J. Terra in 1978, the Terra Foundation houses a collection of more than 750 paintings by 242 artists, which it generously loans to an international variety of organizations for the expansion of scholarship on and appreciation of American art. The four paintings on loan to the museum are Portrait of a Lady in a Blue Dress, by John Singleton Copley (1763), Old Time Letter Rack, by John F. Peto (1894), Les Invalides, Paris by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1896) and Bucks County Barn, by Charles Sheeler (1940). A fifth painting, Telegraph Poles with Buildings, by Joseph Stella (1917), will arrive in 2023.

The museum has incorporated these works into its permanent collection galleries. Copley’s portrait is fostering conversations between northern and southern colonial

John Singleton Copley, Portrait of a Lady in a Blue Dress, 1763. Oil on canvas, 50 1/4 × 39 3/4 inches. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.28. Photography © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.

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portraiture, and programming in spring 2023 will examine it in light of the links among colonial portraiture, whiteness, the economy of slavery and the ecology of commodities like indigo in the Americas. Sheeler’s painting hangs alongside the museum’s painting of a red barn by Georgia O’Keeffe, raising the question of how rural subjects served the cause of American modernism, which is often understood as an urban phenomenon.

The paintings will also serve as a catalyst for the museum’s “In Dialogue” series. These focused exhibitions analyze a single work from the permanent collection in conversation with related objects that illuminate unexpected connections or new discoveries. Tanner’s painting is the first work to engage in these conversations, displayed alongside William Edouard Scott’s Harbor Scene and Palmer Hayden’s Boats at the Dockt (on loan from Larry and Brenda Thompson) in the exhibition “In Dialogue: Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mentor and Muse,” on view through June 18, 2023. Tanner, an African American

painter who found artistic freedom in France, mentored and encouraged successive generations of Black artists.

Beyond their physical display in the galleries, the paintings on loan will play an active role in the museum’s educational and scholarly engagements. The museum will hold public lectures by Nika Elder and Katherine Jentleson in spring 2023, as well as symposia and classroom tours that feature the works, and will incorporate them into interactive elements of the visitor experience. A partnership with UGA’s Historic Clothing and Textile Collection at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences has also allowed the museum to put clothing from various eras into conversation with both the Terra Foundation’s paintings and its own collection.

Curator of American art Jeffrey Richmond-Moll said, “We are excited to reexamine works that may have grown familiar to us in the new contexts that these loans and their associated funding afford us.”

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The Gregg Museum of Art & Design Explores Virtual Models to Enhance Access to its Collections

For more than 40 years, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State has worked with professors and classes at NC State University to enhance the educational opportunities available to students using its collections and exhibitions. One class in particular, ADN475 Pre-Industrial World Textiles from the College of Design — conceived and developed by distinguished professor emerita Susan Brandeis — has interacted with the museum’s collections in a variety of ways over the years. From a museum tour during the semester and individual research projects in its

earliest iterations, the class had evolved significantly and now meets weekly in the museum’s archival storage area to view 10-20 textiles pertinent to the class’s topic that session. With the quick shift to mostly virtual instruction in the Spring of 2020, both the museum’s staff and the class instructor needed to examine other methods of showing historic textiles to students.

When preparing for a return to campus and the next occurrence of this course, Kate Greder, assistant teaching professor, and Mary Hauser, associate director and registrar of the Gregg Museum applied for and received an exploratory grant with the Digital Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) department at NC State. The purpose of the grant was to consider the use of photogrammetry and 3D modeling to provide detailed representations of objects

Gregg Museum and DELTA team members capture details to enhance new 3D models developed to facilitate access to collection objects. Courtesy of NC State DELTA 2022.

from the Gregg Museum’s collection for students and other museum users to interact with and explore while improving the preservation of objects by reducing handling and wear. Photogrammetry is a process that uses photographs or videos of real-world objects or environments to create digital 3D representations of those objects. It involves capturing many overlapping images of a structure, object or landscape.

The grant facilitated the scanning of objects, including production, post-production and the investigation of delivery methods to aid with classroom-based learning.

The team that worked on this project included Greder and Hauser, as co principal investigators, as well as DELTA team members — assistant director of educational media Donnie Wrights, instructional designer Caitlin McKeown, and multimedia specialist Stephen Waddell. The project kicked off in September 2021, and the team met weekly for a year, including several all day or partial day meetings to test and actually image-capture objects from the Gregg Museum’s collection. After clarifying the goals of the project and exploring some capture methods, the group

selected a sample set of objects on which to test the capture process. Test shoots revealed problems with accurately capturing highly reflective surfaces and objects with holes or openings, so the list was revised to present the highest possibility of success.

Objects that could be mounted on a mannequin were videoed while the mannequin turned on an automatic turntable beneath its base. Though there were some issues with movement of parts and small elements of the textiles, especially fringe, this proved to be the most efficient method of capturing images. Flatter objects were laid out on a table beneath a wheeled gantry that held a camera with special modifications, including a custom polarizer. DELTA team members moved the camera across the piece in 3 to 4 inch increments capturing overlapping details of the object in a grid pattern. This capture method was more labor intensive up front but required less post-production work. Detailed images were captured using a probe lens to focus on weave structures and fiber content.

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Working with museum pieces for the project also came with its own special challenges. Because of security and object handling concerns, the image capture equipment needed to be installed either on site at the museum, which presented space and scheduling challenges, or the museum objects needed to be transported elsewhere, which required security, specialized object handling procedures, and post-photography pest management practices (such as freezing or isolation of objects) before they could be returned to collections storage.

Post-production proved to be more labor intensive than anticipated and specialized computers were required to process the large amounts of data captured. Video of the garments needed to be broken apart into images and reassembled into models, and some areas had to be reshot or recreated from available images and information where images were incomplete or flawed.

“We are hopeful that as the technology evolves, the process will become more attainable. We want to continue adding 3D photo captured objects to the list of 3D assets developed as part of this project.” Greder added, “It is also possible to some day envision the possibility of downloadable 3D assets of museum objects that would alter how the public is able to engage with museum objects and history in general.”

Working with museum objects, the team encountered parameters that one wouldn’t necessarily encounter when generating new 3D assets such as who could handle the textiles and how. In addition, bringing together


team members from multiple disciplines presented communication challenges at times, but the team was able to work around these issues successfully.

“On the material culture and museum side of the project, the details and information we look for might be different than what someone else might look for,” Greder said. While Greder focused on elements that would illustrate key features to students and Hauser looked for accuracy of color and object placement, the DELTA team considered model fidelity and texture mapping. This meant it was vital to have all members of the team review versions of the model regularly. If data was missing in the image capture process, the team needed to talk about how it would be processed and ultimately noted on the object.”

After exploring several options, it was decided to develop the 3D models in sketchfab and the flat textiles in a smart zoom tool developed by the DELTA team which loads progressively detailed images as one

zooms in rather than one very large image that may slow down or freeze the user’s computer. For students in the Pre-Industrial World Textiles class, a Virtual Viewer also developed by DELTA for a previous grant, which highlights models, details, and perspectives for students to explore independently, will be used in the Moodle virtual learning platform. In addition, the models and images are available on the Gregg Museum’s website for anyone interested in experiencing them.

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At the outset, the team had hoped to develop a pipeline for future capture of images and model production of more objects for the class and from the Gregg Museum’s collection, but over the course of the project, it became clear that this would not be attainable given the time and resources available. From object preparation through image capture and model production, the models averaged more than 40 hours of work apiece. The museum and Greder will track how

Detail of Geringsing showing resist dyed yarns in both warp and weft directions. Courtesy of NC State DELTA 2022. Setup for capturing flat textile images including gantry and custom camera mount. Courtesy of NC State DELTA 2022.

many and in what way people interact with the models and images to help guide future development of these types of media for students, groups, and the general public. Already a few drawbacks have been noted, including the difficulty of conveying scale within a virtual space and the lack of smell, sound, and tactility that can enhance the deeper understanding of textiles. “Overall, the biggest successes were the incredible images that were captured for each object,” Greder said. “This was a valuable experience to explore what is possible, and we will use these examples as test cases for the class and for the museum in general.”

3D model of a Chilkat blanket facilitating viewer interaction with the textile. Courtesy of NC State DELTA 2022. Setup for capturing garments including turntable with weights and modifications to garment to reduce textile movement. Courtesy of NC State DELTA 2022.

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Mark your calendars for the 2023 SEMC Annual Meeting which will be held at the newly renovated Galt House Hotel, Louisville’s only waterfront hotel and the largest meeting and convention hotel in the Southeast with 130,000 square feet of meeting and event space to meet SEMC’s needs.

About the Galt House Hotel

In the early 1800s, the original Galt House was a residence owned by Dr. W.C. Galt on Louisville’s waterfront. In 1835, a 60-room hotel was opened as the Galt House Hotel across the street from the residence. Over half a century later, in 1972, Galt House Hotel was reestablished as part of Louisville’s Riverfront Urban Renewal Project and continued to expand with the creation of the East Tower in 1984. The hotel was renovated between 2019 and 2022 and is located in the heart of downtown, just minutes from many Louisville attractions, including the KFC Yum! Center, Fourth Street Live!, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Actors Theatre, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Whiskey and Museum Rows — some of which are connected to the Galt House Hotel by pedway. In addition to professional sessions and workshops, luncheons and the 2023 Expo Hall, your stay at the Galt House will be accompanied by views of the Ohio River, and four bars and restaurants including Walker’s Exchange, a Kentucky Brasserie; Swizzle Dinner & Drinks, a social experience with swirling rooms, perched 25 floors above Louisville; and two original founding members of the

Explore Louisville’s History

Named for King Louis XVI of France in appreciation for his assistance during the Revolutionary War, Louisville was founded by George Rogers Clark in 1778. While its initial growth was slow, the advent of the steamboat in the early 1800s sparked booming industrial development, and by 1830 Louisville had secured its place as the largest city in Kentucky. During the Civil War, Louisville was an important Union base of operations and a major military supply center. Owing to its strategic location at the Falls of the Ohio River, Louisville was a major commercial center. River transportation was supplemented by the construction of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, which was chartered in 1850 and operated more than 1,800 miles of line in the state by 1920. Joseph E. Seagram and Sons opened the world’s largest distillery in Louisville following the repeal of prohibition. Thanks to companies such as Dupont, the city became the world’s largest producer of synthetic rubber during World War II.

Louisville was also a city of firsts. In the reform-minded progressive era of the 1880s, the city was the first in the nation to introduce the secret ballot, significantly reducing vote fraud. It was the first city in Kentucky to adopt zoning and planning measures to control and shape urban growth. Home to the first bridge designed

Urban Bourbon Trail, Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar and Down One Bourbon Bar.

exclusively for motor vehicles to cross the Ohio River, Louisville was also the birthplace of Mary Millicent Miller, the first woman in the United States to receive a steamboat master’s license. The city has been home to men and women who changed the face of American history including President Zachary Taylor and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices. John James Audubon was a local shopkeeper in the early years of his career, drawing birds in his spare time. Second Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald, stationed at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I, was a frequent presence at the bar in the famous Seelbach Hotel, immortalized in the novel The Great Gatsby and Muhammad Ali, perhaps the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, was born in Louisville and won six Golden Glove tournaments in Kentucky.

Louisville would not be the creative, innovative, passionate city that it is without its Black community. For so many things that make Louisville unique- from Bourbon to horse racing, to food traditions, and even the Greatest himself, Muhammad Ali- countless people of color have contributed their gifts to build the city’s vibrant culture. Louisville welcomes you to discover Bourbon City’s Black Heritage.

Getting to Louisville

Within a day’s drive of over half the U.S. population and served by all major airline carriers, Louisville is an affordable destination and only a quick trip away!

Flying: Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF)

Just 10 minutes from downtown, Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is a low-fare airport that draws travelers from across the beautiful state of Kentucky and Southern Indiana region. The airport offers nonstop service to more than 30 destinations, including 19 of the region’s top 20 domestic markets. With just one stop, travelers from across the region can reach more than 460 destinations in the U.S. and worldwide. The airport accommodated more than 4.2 million passengers in 2019.

Arrive early — stay late — experience a unique part of the SEMC region in 2023. More details and registration information coming soon!



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