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INSIDE S E MC The Newsletter of the Southeastern Museums Conference

fall 2019 |

ON THE COVER Rosalind Martin, an SEMC Council Director and the Director of Education, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN, at the William Roper House, during the SEMC Council Legacy Reception, Charleston, SC, 2019.

19 Executive Director’s Notes Susan Perry 7 SEMC 2019 CHARLESTON: A LOOK BACK Zinnia Willits  19 THANK YOU to our Sponsors, Hosts, and Exhibitors for SEMC Annual Meeting 2019 Charleston  31 WINNERS of the 2019 SEMC Museum,  Professional Awards and Competition Awards  41 

154 Meet SEMC’s New Council Directors  130 A Special Thanks: Endowment and Membership Contributions  133 What’s Happening  156

 SEMC Job Forum 160 160 Membership Form 161

Important Dates  160 Get Social with SEMC  

semc Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi

North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee Virginia West Virginia U.S. Virgin Islands Puerto Rico

staff Susan S. Perry  Executive Director John Witek  Manager of Communications  and Member Services

semc officers Zinnia Willits President Dir. of Collections & Operations,  Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

Heather Marie Wells Vice President Digital Media Project Manager, Crystal Bridges  Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

contact semc SEMC | P.O. Box 550746 Atlanta, GA 30355-3246 T: 404.814.2048 or 404.814.2047 F: 404.814.2031 W: E:

Deitrah J. Taylor Secretary  Milledgeville, GA

Robin Reed Treasurer

Inside SEMC is published three times a year by SEMC. Annual subscription is included in membership dues. Design: Nathan Moehlmann, Goosepen Studio & Press Director, Casemate Museum,  Fort Monroe, VA

Darcie MacMahon Past President Director of Exhibits & Public Programs, Florida  Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL

The deadline for the Winter 2019 newsletter is Dec. 26, 2019. To submit information for the newsletter, please contact the Council Director in your state or John Witek, SEMC Manager of Communications and Museum Services:


semc directors Scott Alvey 

Calinda Lee

Director, Kentucky Historical Society,

Vice President of Historical Interpretation

 Frankfurt, KY

 and Community Partnerships,  Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA

Glenna Barlow 

Deborah Mack

Manager of Education,

Assoc. Dir. Office of Strategic Partnerships

 Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC

 Smithsonian’s National Museum of African  American History and Culture, Wash., D.C.

Alexander Benitez

Rosalind Martin

Director, Moundville Archaeological Park,

Director of Education, Knoxville Museum

 The University of Alabama,

 of Art, Knoxville, TN

 Moundville, AL Matthew Wheeler

Catherine M. Pears

Director of Historic Museums,

Executive Director, Alexandria Museum

 Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

 of Art Alexandria, LA

Pody Gay

Michael Scott

Director, Discovery Network

Park Manager, Redcliffe Plantation State

 Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, AR

 Historic Site, Beech, SC

Elise LeCompte

Lance Wheeler

Registrar & Asst. Dept. Chair,

Curator of Interpretation, Two History

 Florida Museum of Natural History,

Museums, Mississippi Department of

 Gainesville, FL

 Archives & History, Jackson, MS


executive director’s notes At the SEMC 2019 Annual Meeting, we celebrated art, history, and culture in historic Charleston. Charleston museums are Transforming Myths starting with the Sea Island Resistance tour to conservators of the H.L. Hunley Submarine Project to diverse art at the Gibbes Museum of Art and historic perspectives at the Charleston Museum. The off-site tours, workshops, and evening events were awesome at Charleston’s art, history and historic house museums. Charleston created memorable moments from contemplating an artwork to engaging descendent communities in interpretation of slavery to overlooking the Charleston rooftops at sunset to enjoying local music and delicious food. We reimagined play, demystified digitization, debunked fundraising myths, focused on climate change, crossed borders, and participated in the Makers Movement. We ignited a vision of museums that rise up to foster equity, impact diverse audiences, and encourage empathy. A tremendous thanks goes to Zinnia Willits, Charleston Local Arrangements Committee and host museums. Museum leaders spoke up to transform myths in our communities. In his keynote address “In Plain Sight,” Walter Hood shared his vision and creative designs for the International African American Museum that broke ground in Charleston the same week as SEMC 2019 Annual Meeting. Walter Hood gave Southeast museum professionals an awareness and empathy for all the people who arrived in Charleston as slaves and then built the city and nation. From the open chains to the sculptural bodies to individual people’s images to tide waters and building tabby from local oyster beds, he transformed our vision and understanding of Charleston history that impacts the city today. We saw the transformation of Charleston through his creative work and urban landscape designs/sculptures. Hold space, power of stories, memories in our museums. Transformed myths to move forward and impact our museum communities. — Susan Perry, SEMC Executive Director

Joy Bivins and Walter Hood at the SEMC annual meeting, Charleston 7











Zinnia Willits, SEMC President and Dir. of Collections & Operations at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

SEMC 2019 CHARLESTON: A LOOK BACK The author Frank McCourt (1930-2009) once said, “Happiness is hard to recall. It’s just a glow.” I find this quote completely relatable as I try and compose a few thoughts about the amazing four days that were SEMC2019. In some ways I don’t remember it at all. It was a blur of people and sessions and logistics and juggling and talking and networking and laughing and strategizing that seemed to go by in an instant after two solid years of planning. But I do remember the feelings … of pride in our Charleston cultural community, of happiness in having so many of my friends in town, of anxiety about the many details that make up a successful conference, of regret that I didn’t have more time to spend truly being “at” the conference, of satisfaction that somehow I was making it through each 14 hour day of talking and presenting and acknowledging and socializing and still managed to make my children’s lunches each night at home, and finally of contentment and gratefulness for all the support coming my way from every direction. I am never surer about my commitment to SEMC and the museum profession than I am during each SEMC Annual Meeting, particularly 2019. I am exceedingly thankful for all the amazing effort put into the conference by our local arrangements committee and all the Charleston Museums and historic sites, for the financial support of 2019 conference sponsors and partners, and for the truly mindbending, herculean administrative effort and support

from SEMC’s own Susan Perry and John Witek. An amazing effort across the board and an experience that will forever live as that happy glow in my memory. I took very few pictures during the conference but many kind individuals did get some of me. Here are a few my favorite photos and “behind-the-scenes” recollections of a wonderful SEMC 2019. [ SEMC 2019 Council: page 20 ] Looking at this image I recall being so thankful for the leadership and commitment of our current SEMC Council. We spent several hours in a strategic planning workshop on Sunday 10/20 plotting out the next three years for our organization and then turned around and spent ANOTHER three hours on Monday morning conducting Council business and taking a hard look at everything from programming to finances to future initiatives and fundraising. The dedication and commitment of SEMC Council members is inspirational and I am proud to work with each one of these talented and passionate individuals. Looking at this I also remember how I was almost late for this meeting (that I was running) due to the ridiculous Charleston traffic that morning. I dropped my daughter at school and was literally five minutes away 19

SEMC 2019 Council (missing from image, Calinda Lee). Photo courtesy of Michael Lachowski, Georgia Museum of Art.

from the Marriott…25 minutes and a lot of anxiety later I was STILL in traffic. I made it by our 8:30 start time but just barely. [ Middleton Place Opening Event: page 21 ] This image just makes me happy as Middleton Place is such a gorgeous site. What I remember most was relief that the classic October tropical storm of the previous day had cleared the area and we would not have to deal with torrential rain for the duration of conference. This was also my first opportunity to see many SEMC friends who were in town and my silly pose conveys the fact that I was actually somewhat relaxed at this event!

[ Greeting at the Gibbes Museum of Art: page 22 ] The Gibbes event. I don’t even know how to put into words what an amazing experience it was for me and our entire Gibbes staff to welcome well over 400 SEMC members through our doors that evening. It was slightly overwhelming in the best way to have just about every professional colleague from the southeast I have ever known throughout my career flow through the doors that night. Truly wonderful and a fun party too! 400 crab cakes were gone in 40 minutes! Looking at this picture I will reveal that it was about ten minutes after I had a slight freak out. The event was to begin at 7:00 pm. I arrived at the Gibbes at about 6:15pm … and then got a text from Susan Perry that the first busses were leaving the Marriott and would be at 20

Middleton Place opening event. Photo courtesy of Michael Lachowski, Georgia Museum of Art.

the Gibbes by 6:30pm. WHOAH! Luckily our event crew was spectacular and used to adjusting quickly. We had the doors open, bars ready and greeters in place for that first bus….with about three minutes to spare. Word to wise for future SEMC evening event hosts … be ready early! [ Tuesday Session: “So You’re in Charge”: page 23 ] I truly love to present sessions at SEMC. I probably should have put a little more thought into committing myself to four sessions this past year but I made it through! This session, “You’re In Charge: Now What” was the first time I had the opportunity to present with this group. We certainly had fun and looking at this picture I recall laughing a lot during the session, at myself, at the other presentations, at the topic. This was a good

reminder that we don’t always need to take ourselves quite so seriously. Useful information can be conveyed with humor too. [ Council Legacy Reception at the William Roper House: page 23 ] THIS was an amazing evening. Each year Council hosts a reception for those who have generously contributed to the SEMC Endowment. This year we held the reception at the historic William Robert Roper house on Charleston’s High Battery. The group of supporters and partners were treated to a gorgeous venue and spectacular sunset — a truly unique Charleston experience. Would you like to take part in this reception at the next Annual Meeting? Generous contributions to SEMC’s Endowment are always welcome and greatly appreciated! 21

Greeting everyone at the Gibbes Museum of Art event! Photo courtesy of Nathan Moehlmann, Goosepen Studio & Press.

Jena Clem, our events expert at the Gibbes Museum, helped me plan all the details of this wonderful event. This picture was taken after the event ended and the guests had departed. For the first time that day I had five minutes to truly relax and celebrate a successful evening with my co-worker and friend. And you will notice the red shoes are OFF! My feet needed a break before moving on to the rest of the evening! [ Advice from George Bassi, SEMC Past President: page 24 ] Day four and I am running on fumes at this point. Past SEMC President, George Bassi, could sense that (from experience) and this picture captures a hallway pep talk that meant so much to me! SEMC’s circle of Past Presidents are truly special people who have given so much to the organization over the years and continue to give in a hundred different ways including mentoring

current leadership. George always has a kind word, helpful advice and a quip to make me laugh. In this moment it was exactly what I needed. [ Calm before Awards Luncheon: page 25 ] My colleagues at the Gibbes texted me shortly before this picture and told me I needed to have someone take a picture of me for the Gibbes weekly e-blast to Board Members. Council member Julie Harris happened to be in my site line (as we were preparing for the Awards Luncheon) so I asked her to take the picture. One thing to note about me, I am TERRIBLE at posed photographs. I can’t fake smile and I was somewhat anxious at this point about running the awards lunch. Julie tried various tactics to make me smile to no avail. Finally, she said something that got this genuine laugh ... but I can never tell what she said!


Tuesday session, “So You’re In Charge,” with Will Hawkins, Matt Davis, and James Quint.

[ The END: Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Southeastern Registrars Association: page 25 ] This is a good picture to end with. After the awards luncheon on Wednesday I rushed back to the Gibbes Museum to do a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Gibbes Collections Storage Center for my friends from the Southeastern Registrars Association. This was one of my favorite events of the entire conference. Collections care is the foundation of my museum life and to be in our storage area with a group of extremely talented collections professionals who understand implicitly what I do was awesome. The tour was over at this point and Post-Council Reception at the William Robert Roper House with Gibbes, Director of Special Events. Photo courtesy of Jena Clem.


Getting stellar advice from SEMC Past President, George Bassi. Photo Courtesy of Andrew Steever. 24

Heather Otis captured me at moment of relief at being done, of appreciation for the group of Registrars and Collections Managers who ended this conference journey with me, and of true happiness about my chosen profession and involvement with such amazing

professionals from across the southeast! It really was a wonderful journey and I look forward to being in Louisville with all of you in 2020! — Zinnia Willits, SEMC President

Calm before awards luncheon. Photo courtesy of Julie Harris.

The END. Behind-the-Scenes Tour for the Southeastern Registrars Association. Photo courtesy of Heather Otis.








SEMC 2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors PLATINUM SPONSOR Blackbaud (Evening Events) Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (Evening Events & SC Lowcountry Scholarships) National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institute (Event Management) GOLD SPONSORS Florence County Museum (Evening Events) South Carolina Federation of Museums (Evening Events) Explore Charleston (Transportation) SILVER SPONSORS Atelier 4 (Tote bags) Collector Systems (General Session/Keynote Speaker) HealyKohler Design (Director/Trustee Reception, Lanyards) HW Exhibits (Evening Events, Grand Opening Reception) Johnson Controls (Evening Events) Patterson Pope, Inc. (Evening Events) Solid Light, Inc. (General Session/Keynote Speaker) BRONZE SPONSORS 1220 Exhibits, Inc. (Director/Trustee Reception) ACME Technologies, Inc. Alexander Haas (Director/Trustee Luncheon) Banks Creative Studio (Graphic Design) Bonsai Fine Arts, Inc. (Volunteer T-shirts & Collection Track sessions) L. Carole Wharton, LLC (SEMC Council Legacy Reception) Cowan’s Auctions (CurCom Luncheon) Banks Creative (Graphic Design) DLR Group (Director/Trustee Luncheon) Duncan-Parnell (Printing) Hollinger Metal Edge (Disaster Preparedness Workshop) Our Fundraising Search (Grand Opening Reception) Riggs Ward Design (Grand Opening Reception) SunTrust (Registration Table) The Design Minds, Inc. (Equity and Inclusion Action Team & Meet-Up)

TimeLooper (Technology Track) Travelers Insurance (Director/Trustee Luncheon) Warren Lasch Conservation Center (Evening Events) MOBILE GUIDE SPONSORS Vamonde CHARGING STATION SPONSORS Spire Art Services SEMC SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (SC Lowcountry Scholarships) Historic House Museums Affinity Group (HHMAG) John A. Woods Appraisers Zinnia Willits (President’s Scholarship) SERA SPONSORS Transportation Consultants International (Registrars Respite co-sponsor) Willis Towers Watson (Registrars Respite co-sponsor) Past Perfect Gaylord (SERA member discount) A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR HOST INSTITUTIONS Aiken-Rhett House Charles Towne Landing The Charleston Museum Drayton Hall Gibbes Museum of Art Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston McLeod Plantation Historic Site, James Island State Park Middleton Place Old Exchange Old Slave Mart Museum Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Powder Magazine South Carolina Historical Society South Carolina Aquarium Warren Lasch Conservation Center, Clemson University (Hunley)






SEMC 2019 Annual Meeting Exhibitors Thanks to our SEMC Corporate Members who participated in SEMC 2019 Resource Expo 1220 Exhibits Absolute Museum & Gallery Products ACME Technologies, Inc Art Display Essentials, a 10-31 Company Armour Systems Atelier 4 Aurora Available Light Belfry Historic Consultants Blackbaud Boston Productions Inc. Building Four Fabrication Carolina Conservation CCAHA Charlotte Van & Storage Charlton Hall Auctions Cinebar Productions, Inc.

Collector Systems, LLC Cowan’s Auctions Creative Arts Unlimited Daruma Tech dmdg2 Delta Designs, Ltd Dorfman Figures Duncan Parnell Encurate Mobile Technology ERCO Lighting Exhibit Concepts, Inc. Frina Design Gaylord Archival Goosepen Studio & Press Guide ID HealyKohler Design Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc. Huntington T. Block Insurance HW Exhibits Interactive Knowledge Johnson Control Lake City ArtFields Collective Mad Hat Creative LLC Malone Design MAAA MBA Design & Display Products

NEH On Cell Patterson Pope Q Media Quatrefoil QuietPixel, Inc. Re:discovery Software Riggs Ward Design Skinner Inc. Smithworks Creative Arts LLC Solid Light, Inc. Solomon Group Studio Displays The Design Minds The Discovery Network TimeLooper Tour-Mate Systems Transformit Universal Fiber Optic US Art Vamonde Warren Lasch Conservation Center Willis Towers Watson Zone Displays







The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is proud to announce the winner of the 38th annual James R. Short Award, the most prestigious recognition of service to the museum profession in the southeast. This year, SEMC also conferred the Museum Leadership Award and the Emerging Museum Professional Award. Winners were chosen from a wide range of entries across the Southeastern United States. The SEMC Awards Committee, co-chaired by Julie Harris, Catherine Pears, and Robin Reed, honors outstanding colleagues who have helped shape the world of museums.

James R. Short Award Recipient Lucy Allen, retired Museum Division Director, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS Lucy J. Allen served as museum division director at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) from April 2002 until her retirement on June 30, 2019. Under Allen’s leadership as project manager, MDAH opened the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—on December 9, 2017. The $90 million, 200,000-square-foot facility houses not only the two museums, but also a state-of-the-art exhibit workshop and storage for more than 40,000 objects in the museum division collection. ¶ Allen jointly served as director of the Old Capitol Museum from 2002 to 2008, managing the complete restoration of the building after Hurricane Katrina damaged it in 2005 and its re-opening in 2009. During this time she also planned and opened the Eudora Welty House and Garden—a National Historic Landmark and one of the most intact literary house museums in the nation—and coordinated the establishment of the Foundation for Mississippi History, as well as managing a myriad of projects at MDAH’s nine museums and historic sites. ¶ Allen worked as a museum leader at MDAH for more than four decades, holding the positions of assistant curator of exhibits from 1978 to 1994 and director of education and programs from 1994 to 2002. She has curated more than 135 award-winning exhibits.

Julie Harris and Lucy Allen.



Catherine Pears and Andrew Stout.

Robin Reed and Kim Hosey.

In 1994, she pioneered a new method to ensure that MDAH exhibits and programs reflect the diverse and complex stories of all Mississippians by establishing a community advisory committee. Her innovative approach has led to numerous awards, and she has acted as a consultant for museums and presented at conferences and symposiums across the United States. Among her many honors, in 2018 Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant presented her with the Excellence in State Government Award and she received the Rabbi Perry Nussbaum Civil Justice Award in 2018 recognizing her contributions to contemporary work around civil rights and social justice issues.

on Florence’s cultural, educational, and economic future. Andrew was named the director of the newly formed Florence County Museum system in 2009 and assisted in cultivating funding for its construction and annual operational support. During this process Andrew coordinated all necessary policies and procedures for the newly structured system along with the development of needed professional staff. In 2013 funding was allocated to acquire 140 works of art that compose the Wright Collection of Southern Art and featured was at the opening of the Florence County Museum in October of 2014. In 2018 Andrew worked to secure funding for the acquisition of two significant collections of art by 20th century artist William H. Johnson and his wife Holcha Krake; over fifty works collectively. The Florence County Museum has an annual average attendance of 24,000 visitors and is always free to the public. œ Since 2014 Andrew has served on the executive committee for the South Carolina Federation of Museums and has served as the President since 2017. He has assisted in the formation of the Wright Foundation for Southern Art, Florence County Museum Foundation and the Wilson High School Class of 1945 Scholarship fund.

Museum Leadership Award Recipient Andrew R. Stout, Executive Director, Florence County Museum, Florence, SC Andrew R. Stout began his museum career at the Florence Museum (SC) in a small converted residence. Since 2001 he has diligently advocated for museum support and helped to champion its impact


Emerging Museum Professionals Award Recipient Kim Hosey, Education Specialist and Weekend Manager, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale, AR Kim Hosey started working at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History (SMOH) as the Education Specialist/ Weekend Manager two years ago. The SMOH Education program is continuously growing and served over 26,700 students in 2018 which was a 28% increase over 2017. Part of this growth was due to Kim’s exuberance! SMOH’s Education department takes pride in providing multi-sensory programming. She is great with the students we serve and treats every task with professionalism and attention to detail – not only learning the information to present, but also learning to weave, spin, bake in a Dutch oven, and more. In 2018 the SMOH Education program created two new programs for which Kim researched and developed curriculum and presentation details serving over 2800 students. She also manages our loan box program, which serves over 8600 students annually, allowing teachers to check out boxes of artifacts for in-class, hands-on use by students. ¶ Outside of her normal duties, Kim has presented at state, regional, and international conferences. She has also been elected to state and international office - as secretary of the Arkansas Living History Association and regional social media administrator for the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums. She has been published in a history journal. Most recently, Kim presented an exhibit idea to the senior staff which was selected for installment in January 2020.

SEMC 2019 Annual Meeting Scholarship Program Congratulations to all our 2019 scholarship winners! Scholarship recipients were recognized at the Annual Awards Luncheon in Charleston. The 14 SEMC Traveling Scholarships are supported by the SEMC Alderson Endowment and proceeds from SEMC’s 2018 walking tours. The SEMC President’s Scholarship is sponsored by SEMC President Zinnia Willits. Historic House Museums Affinity Group (HHMAG) and John A. Woods Appraisers sponsor the Historic House Museum Professional Scholarship. We

thank all our sponsors for their generous support. SEMC’s Scholarship Committee Chair is Glenna Barlow. SERA Scholarship Chair is Elizabeth Le. SEMC thanks them for all their work.

Traveling Scholarship Winners AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Stephanie King, Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson, MS EMERGING MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Scotty Almany, Digital Resources Manager, The Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, VA Meg Cook, Director of Archaeology Collections, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS Sonya Laney, Education Coordinator, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum and State Historic Site, Greensboro, NC Leslie Leonard, Assistant Site Manager, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Trinity, NC Ellen Lofaro, Curator of Archaeology Collections, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Lindsey Waldenberg, Manager, Visitors Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Raleigh, NC “I truly enjoyed my experience at SEMC this year, and I very much appreciate the travel scholarship which allowed me to attend. My favorite sessions included cultural heritage, diversity and inclusion, and career discussions, in which I learned great skills and perspectives to bring back to my institution, and I enjoyed making new connections and reconnecting with colleagues, friends and fellow JIMI alumni.” — Lindsey Waldenberg

HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Crystal Wimer, Executive Director, Harrison County West Virginia Historical Society, Bridgeport, WV “I want to thank SEMC for gifting me with a scholarship, and I was thrilled to present at a larger regional conference for the first time. I feel it’s important for people, like myself, who work for small, 45

rural museums to network with our professional peers in order to learn from one another. Many of the sessions I attended gave me some fresh perspectives that I’m eager to put into practice at my site.” — Crystal Wilmer

SEASONED MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Judy Costello, Education Manager, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale, AR “Attending SEMC in Charleston was fantastic! I was able to network with new people, meet up with old friends, explore the town and area museums, hear an awesome keynote speaker, attend some great sessions, and get ideas as a member of the planning committee for SEMC 2022. Thank you for the opportunity!” — July Costello

Mary Hauser, Registrar and Associate Director, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC “The SEMC conference in Charleston this year was a pivotal experience for me. I was able to attend a number of sessions focused on leadership and museum operations. The information, skills, and resources obtained there will be invaluable to my institution as we make some important decisions about the growth and evolution of our organization. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to attend.” — Mary Hauser

SMALL MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Cheryl Caskey, Executive Director, Historic Paris Bourbon County Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY Mandy Gibson, Executive Director, Historic Johnson Farm, Hendersonville, NC “The SEMC Annual Meeting in Charleston was phenomenal! The sessions had such useful information, and the tours were so interesting. I loved exploring Charleston and meeting people that I can relate to. Without this scholarship, my small historic site could not have afforded me to go, so I appreciate it greatly.” — Mandy Gibson

STUDENT MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Melody Hunter-Pillion, PhD, Public History, North Carolina State University, Cary, NC Amanda Ward, Master of Arts, Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP Alyssa Magnone, Collections Manager, Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken, SC “Receiving a scholarship for SEMC granted me the opportunity to participate in the hands-on salvage workshop by offsetting the cost of arriving in Charleston a day earlier than our budget would have supported. And, of course, it enabled me to be involved with and attend SEMC for the first time in several years, something which I very much enjoyed!” — Alyssa Magnone

SERA-SEMC ANNUAL MEETING TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Emerging Museum Professional Heather Otis, Collections Manager, Marco Island Historical Society, Marco Island, FL GAYLORD AND DOROTHY DONNELLY TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR LOWCOUNTRY PROFESSIONALS Mary Lou Brewton, Vice President Exhibits Co-Chair, Beaufort History Museum, Beaufort, SC Sharon Corey, Curatorial Volunteer, Kaminski House Museum, Georgetown, SC Robin Gabriel, Executive Director, Kaminski House Museum,Georgetown, SC Tamara Herring, Executive Director, Morris Center of Lowcountry Heritage, Georgetown, SC Hannah Marley, Public Information Specialist Interpreter, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, McClellansville, SC Randall McClure, Director, The Village Museum, McClellanville, SC LaClaire S. Mizell, Director, Heritage Museum, Dorchester County Archives & History Center, St. George, SC Michael Norris, Museum Manager, Georgetown County Museum, Georgetown, SC 46

Tania Sammons, Independent Curator, Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown, SC Kayleigh Vaughn, Director of Exhibits & Programs, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, St. George, SC.

“I am so thankful to have received a Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation scholarship to attend the SEMC annual meeting in Charleston this year. The sessions were excellent and I appreciated being able to connect and share experiences with colleagues from the SE region. I especially appreciated spending time with the exhibitors and was able to connect with a number of them regarding upcoming projects at my museum. I came away from the annual meeting with renewed energy for my job and many fabulous ideas for new programs.” — Robin Gabriel

“I have always longed to, but never attended the SEMC because I do not have a degree in museology or history and I have never been a full time employee at a museum. I wasn’t sure that I would be accepted or fit in. Robin Gabriel, Director of Kaminski House Museum in Georgetown, SC, encouraged me to apply and I am so grateful that I did. The spirit and camaraderie of the attendees was infectious. I was not only accepted, but everyone made me feel completely welcome and encouraged me to become more involved in the museum field. I cannot wait to use all the new ideas and knowledge that I acquired during the excellent conference sessions.” — Sharon Freeman Corey

“It was my first SEMC, and to attend in my (new) home state was momentous! I have lived in South Carolina for almost four years, so the conference in Charleston was an immersive experience. The depth of history and culture of place paired impeccably well with the conference theme and course offerings. It was my first SEMC, but will not be my last.”

“Many thanks to the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation for the opportunity to attend the entire conference. Before I received the scholarship I only planned to participate in the session I presented. By extending my time at the conference, I had the chance to attend several helpful sessions, and network with colleagues and vendors, which proved especially fruitful.” — Tania Sammons

“As the director of a rather new non-profit museum with a small budget and a penny-pinching treasurer, funds are ALWAYS tight. Without the Lowcountry scholarship, there would have been absolutely no way I could have attended the SEMC Annual Meeting, even if it was in our own “back yard.” The opportunities and educational benefits offered by a conference such as SEMC are invaluable. I acquired so many ideas and so much information during the conference that now I just need to find the time to implement them! I would like to again thank the SC Lowcountry Scholarship and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation for giving me an opportunity of which, otherwise, I would not have been able to take advantage.” — LaClaire S. Mizell

“I am a museum professional who recently transitioned into a new role at a newer museum. Being able to attend this year’s SEMC annual meeting on scholarship helped me tremendously. I was able to receive training within areas of curatorial and collection management areas which will impact the practices of the Morris Center. I cannot thank the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation enough for this amazing opportunity.” — Kayleigh Vaughn

— Tamara Herring


Exhibition Gold under $10,000: Columbus Museum, Our Stories Live Here.

SEMC’s 2019 Exhibition Competition Winners The SEMC Curators’ Committee and NAME are committed to promoting excellence and professionalism in museums within the region. The Exhibition Competition, chaired by Ann Rowson, focuses attention on exhibitions of merit that are well designed, have educational value and treat objects with care and respect. The competition showcases the best in our profession and provides benchmarks for regional exhibition efforts in southeastern museums. Under $10,000: Gold: Our Stories Live Here: 65 Years of the Mildred L. Terry Public Library, Columbus Museum Silver: South Carolina 3D, Horry County Museum Silver: Concrete & Adrift: On the Poverty Line, Alexandria Museum of Art Bronze: Dictates of Conscience and Feelings of Humanity, South Union Shaker Village Honorable Mention: Orlando Health: 100 Years of Caring, Orange County Regional History Center Under $25,000: Gold: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic, Center for Puppetry Arts

Exhibition Gold under $25,000: Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.

Gold: Designed to Mobilize: Propaganda Kimono 19201945, Funk Center for Textile Arts Bronze: Know Your Nature, Museum of York County Honorable Mention: I Remember Marco, Marco Island Historical Society Over $25,000: 48

Exhibition Gold over $25,000: Drayton Hall, Caretaker’s House Exhibit at Drayton Hall.

Gold: Caretaker’s House Exhibit at Drayton Hall, Drayton Hall Silver: Vernacular Modernism: The Photography of Doris Ulmann, Georgia Museum of Art Bronze: Exhibit Hall Renovation, 2014–2018, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Honorable Mention: Crafted by Conscience, Polk Home and Museum Over $100,000: Gold: Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, Telfair Museums Silver: VMFA on the Road: How Far Can Creativity Take You?, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Bronze: Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring 70s, Country Music Hall of Fame Honorable Mention: Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People, Marco Island Historical Society

Exhibition Gold over $100,000: Telfair Museums, Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

Over $1,000,000: Gold: Cyclorama: The Big Picture, Atlanta History Center Silver: A People’s Contest, American Civil War Museum Exhibition Gold over $1,000,000: Atlanta History Center, Cyclorama. 49



Applications Gold: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, The Carrion Cheer.

Digital Marketing Gold: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Artists @ CB.

Digital Education Gold: North Carolina Museum of Art, NCMA Conservation Lab in 360.

SEMC’s 2019 Technology Winners The SEMC Technology Competition co-chaired by Anna Tucker and Scott Warren began to recognize and reward excellence in the use of technology by southeastern museums. The competition encourages innovation, effective design, accessibility, creativity and pride of work, and recognition of institutional identity. Winning entries were displayed at SEMC’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC, October 21-23. APPLICATIONS Gold: The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Silver: Historic Charleston App, Historic Charleston Foundation Bronze: The Image Hunter, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

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Executive Director, Kentucky Historical Society Scott Alvey, a 25-year museum professional, is executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). He is responsible for directing the organization’s mission, values and strategic priorities through

An Evansville, Ind., native, Alvey is a 2010 graduate of the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Seminar for Historical Administration. Besides teaching a seminar and chairing a host committee for AASLH, he was president of the Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance, vice president of the Kentucky Association of Museums and state director for the Southeast Museums Conference. Alvey holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Kentucky University. KHS is a membership organization and agency within the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. 130

Chair for the American Association of State and Local History, is a committeeman at large for CurCom, serves as an accreditation reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, and is a 2016 graduate of the 21st Century Museum Leadership Institute, which was sponsored by the George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution.

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Director of Historic Museums, Georgia College Matthew S. Davis is 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 oversight of the historic properties, coordinating administrative functions, research, curatorial work, educational programming, fundraising, and management of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees, Milledgeville Chapter. Aside from his duties at the museums, Davis teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgia College in the History Department and Museum Studies Program within the Department of Art. He also teaches at Georgia Military College in the History Department. Matt, a native of Kinston, NC, 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. Davis is a member of several professional museum groups and boards. He was the founder and first chair of the Milledgeville Museum Association, was elected president of the Georgia Association of Museums in 2018, and serves on the programming, evaluation, and mid-career committees of the Southeastern Museums Conference. In 2012, Davis was named as the Museum Professional of the Year by the Georgia Association of Museums. Additionally, he is the State Awards

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Curator of Interpretation, Two Mississippi Museums Lance Wheeler currently serves as Curator of Interpretation for the Two Mississippi Museums located in Jackson, Mississippi. Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, he earned a BA in History with a focus on American slavery at Belmont Abbey College and MA in History with a concentration in Museum Studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a public historian, Mr. Wheeler realizes the importance in engaging patrons, not only through facts and dates, but also through personal stories and relativity to current events. Lance believes that museums should be seen has resource centers that allow the community to share their voices and gives individuals the historical connections they need to understand how the past has shaped the present and will shape the future. In his words, “Museums are more than buildings that hold artifacts and the stories of those before us, museums are places that take the visitors on a spiritual journey that bridges the past with the present and beyond.” 131


A  SPECIAL THANKS 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 Susan Perry at 404.814.2048 or Patrick Daily Nathan Moehlmann Scott Warren

THE PAST PRESIDENTS CIRCLE Members of the Past Presidents Circle contribute $150 annually for at least two years to the endowment fund: George Bassi Sharon Bennett David Butler Tom Butler Tamra Sindler Carboni Micheal A. Hudson Douglas Noble Robert Rathburn Graig D. Shaak Robert Sullivan Kristen Miller Zohn

THE WILLIAM T. AND SYLVIA F. ALDERSON ENDOWMENT FELLOWS 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. Platinum Alderson Fellows  (minimum $5,000) Sylvia F. Alderson Bob Rathburn Graig D. Shaak Nancy & Robert Sullivan

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Medallion Alderson Fellows  (minimum $2,500) George Bassi Sharon Bennett David Butler Tamra Sindler Carboni William U. Eiland Martha Battle Jackson Pamela Meister Richard Waterhouse Our Current Alderson Fellows  (minimum $1,000) T. Patrick Brennan Michael Brothers 133

The Peter S. LaPaglia JIMI Scholarship Fund Established in 2008 to honor Pete LaPaglia’s dedication to the museum field and recognize his inspirational leadership of SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute, this fund helps endow an annual JIMI scholarship. anonymous donor

Other SEMC Contributions Laura Anderson [JIMI Sustainability Fund] Brenda Baratto [JIMI Sustainability Fund] George Bassi [JIMI Sustainability Fund] Austin Bell [JIMI Sustainability Fund] Melissa Buchanan [JIMI Sustainability Fund] Sharon Corey [JIMI Sustainability Fund] Jamie Credle [JIMI Sustainability Fund]

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Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, AL opened to the public on June 7, 2019. For the North Alabama and the Southeastern region as a whole, the museum provides an educational and interactive experience as well as fun and entertainment. For teachers in the region, the new Cook Museum provides a handson learning environment that engages students. The museum-created curriculum for field trips aligns with state standards and encourages interest in the sciences. The Cook Museum, in Decatur, Alabama, houses 11 interactive exhibit galleries - including a 15,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, an immersive cave, and more — as well as 3 classrooms, a traveling exhibition gallery, a special event space, a retail store, a child play area, and a restaurant.

SCAD FASH presents Fashioning Art from Paper, an exhibition that explores 500 years of fashion through the breathtaking trompe l’oeil masterpieces of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. Through her expert manipulation of paper and paint, de Borchgrave creates sculptural replicas of historic garments found in early European paintings or collections from around the world — from the Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Queen Elizabeth I, to the creations of the grand couturiers of the 20th century such as Charles Frederick Worth and Paul Poiret. The exhibition includes de Borchgrave’s series Les Ballet Russes, which interprets costumes designed by Léon Bakst, Giorgio de Chirico and Pablo Picasso, among Isabelle de Borchgrave, “Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé,” acrylic, ink, metallic powder and adhesive on paper, 2017.



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others, as well as her Kaftans series, inspired by the Silk Road textiles of central Asia. The exhibition also highlights the creations of the eccentric early 20th-century artist Mariano Fortuny, a major source of inspiration for de Borchgrave. Fashioning Art from Paper is co-organized by SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Society of the Four Arts, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Frick Art and Historical Center, Baker Museum and Flint Institute of Arts.

NORTH CAROLINA Asheville Art Museum re-opened in November with transformed space. The inaugural exhibitions are Intersections in American Art, a reinstallation and reimagining of our extraordinary Collection of 20th and 21st century American art, and Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia, featuring 50 artists living and working in the region. The new building means more opportunities than ever — new programming initiatives, diverse

educational opportunities for all ages, fabulous spaces to explore, amazing exhibitions, a rooftop sculpture terrace, Perspective Café, and new additions to the museum’s collection.

SOUTH CAROLINA The groundbreaking ceremony for the International African American Museum (IAAM) took place on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401; this is on Charleston Harbor adjacent to the former Gadsden’s Wharf where the IAAM will be built. The International African American Museum tells the story of a journey that began more than 300 years ago when enslaved Africans were first taken from West Africa to our young nation. Almost half of them arrived at a single port: Charleston, SC. Gadsden’s Wharf was the primary point of arrival. It is the site for this museum which will tell the story of this journey: the passage, cruelty, hardship, joy, and achievement. A Center for Family History will enable 158

visitors to trace their genealogy. A comprehensive education program will provide life-long learning, and there will be changing exhibitions and special events throughout the year. The IAAM is projected to open its doors late 2021.


Louisiana Association of Museums Date: TBA Location: TBA Mississippi Museums Association Date: April 16–17 Location: Hattiesburg, MS

Museums Advocacy Day 2020 is February 24–25, in Washington DC.

North Carolina Museums Council Date: March 29–30 Location: Rocky Mount, NC

The American Association of State and Local History presents its 2020 annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV, September 23–26. For more information, visit

South Carolina Federation of Museums Date: TBA Location: Columbia, SC

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) will hold its 2020 Annual Meeting & Museum May 17–20 in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit

Tennessee Association of Museums Date: March 18–20 Location: Kingsport, TN

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) will hold its next annual meeting June 17–20, in Lawrence, KS. For more information visit

Virginia Association of Museums Date: March 7–10 Location: Chantilly, VA

Association of African American Museums (AAAM) will hold its next annual meeting August 5–8 in Miami, FL. For more information, visit .

West Virginia Association of Museums Date: March 27–29 Location: Bridgeport, WV

STATE MEETINGS Alabama Museums Association/  Georgia Association of Museums Date: January 26–29 Location: Columbus, GA Arkansas Museums Association Date: March 30 – April 1 Location: Bismarck, AR Florida Association of Museums Date: September Location: Miami, FL Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance Date: June 8–9 Location: Paducah, KY 159

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