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INSIDE S E MC summer 2018 | www.semcdirect.net The Newsletter of the Southeastern Museums Conference


ON THE COVER Jiha Moon, Peach Mask II, on view at the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, Florida.

11 Executive Director’s Notes  Susan Perry 

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  The JIMI 2019 Applications Now Being Accepted  

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    SEMC 2018 ANNUAL MEETING IN JACKSON       Registration is Now Open  

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Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker: Natasha Tretheway   Mississippian, Pulitzer Prize-Winner, and U.S. Poet Laureate to address SEMC in Jackson  Important Annual Meeting 2018 Dates  

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  Annual Meeting 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities    

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A Special Thanks   Endowment and Membership Contributions 

 Acquistions 50 Congratulations Exhibitions 57 Innovations 67  People and Places 68 What’s Happening 69 Important Dates 70 SEMC Job Forum 70  Get Social with SEMC 70 Membership Form 71  


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 Darcie MacMahon President  dmacmahon@flmnh.ufl.edu Director of Exhibits & Public Programs, Florida  Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL

Zinnia Willits Vice President zwillits@gibbesmuseum.org Dir. of Collections & Operations,  Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

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

Robin Seage Person Secretary rsperson@bellsouth.net Branch Director, Historic Jefferson College,  Washington, MS

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

rreed@fmauthority.com Director, Casemate Museum,  Fort Monroe, VA

David Butler Past President dbutler@knoxart.org Executive Director, Knoxville Museum  of Art, Knoxville, TN

The deadline for the Fall 2018 newsletter is October 15, 2018. To submit information for the newsletter, please contact the Council Director in your state or John Witek, SEMC Manager of Communications and Museum Services: jwitek@semcdirect.net.

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semc directors Glenna Barlow 

Elise LeCompte

glenna@columbiamuseum.org

lecompte@flmnh.ufl.edu

Manager of Engagement,

Registrar & Asst. Dept. Chair,

 Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC

 Florida Museum of Natural History,  Gainesville, FL

Kyle Elizabeth Bryner 

Deborah Mack 

kbryner@theMSV.org

mackdlynn@si.edu

Registrar & Collections Manager,

Assoc. Dir. Office of Strategic Partnerships

 Museum of the Shenandoah Valley,

 Smithsonian’s National Museum of African

 Winchester, VA

 American History and Culture, Wash., D.C.

Alexander Benitez

Catherine M. Pears

avbenitez@ua.edu

cpears@lsua.edu

Director, Moundville Archaeological Park,

Executive Director, Alexandria Museum

 The University of Alabama,

 of Art Alexandria, LA

 Moundville, AL Julie Harris

Michael Scott 

jharris@riverdiscoverycenter.org

michael.scott@highpointnc.gov

Executive Director, River Discovery

Curator of Education, High Point Museum

 Center, Paducah, KY

 High Point, NC

Brian Hicks

Deitrah J. Taylor 

director@desotomuseum.org

dtaylorhistorian@gmail.com

Director, Desoto County Museum,

 Milledgeville, GA

 Hernando, MS

Jenny Lamb

Heather Marie Wells

jenny.lamb98@gmail.com

heathermarie.wells@crystalbridges.org

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring,

Digital Media Project Manager, Crystal Bridges

 Murfreesboro, TN

 Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

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executive director’s notes Museums Rise Up in the City with Soul at SEMC 2018 Jackson Annual Meeting! It’s the people that make Jackson the City with Soul. Experience their passion in the art, history, music, and food. Feel their “triumphant spirit” at the recently opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History. Rock to blues, jazz, and R & B music. Enjoy Southern soul food. Explore 14 museums in Jackson at SEMC off-site workshops, tours and evening events. Rise up as museum leaders and confront challenging social and political issues to inspire change in our communities. Ignite innovative creativity, confront change, and renew your vision for museums of tomorrow. Join the equity and inclusion action team. Impact diverse audiences, foster equity, and encourage accessibility. Hold space to explore race and racism, curate conversations, and facilitate dialogue. Meet animal ambassadors. Escape the session room on off-site workshops. Connect at speed mentor networking. Gain new ideas on popup tinkering, creative fundraising, and community collaboration. Explore

affordable interactives, inclusive interpretation, digital strategy, and transformative experiences. Connect with museum colleagues networking at SEMC 2018. Tag your social media post with #SEMC2018! The Jackson Local Arrangements Committee has worked hard to plan three fun evening events, off-site tours, and programs. Join your colleagues for a keynote talk. Museum leaders will gather for SEMC Leadership Forum in Jackson. In partnership with Museum Trustee Association, share ideas for Board recruitment, economic impact, and controversial monuments. Get connected, transformed, and ignited. Rise up in the City with Soul at SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting October 8–10 in Jackson! — Susan Perry, Executive Director

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JIMI 2019 APPLY NOW FOR THE 2019 CLASS


JEKYLL ISLAND MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (JIMI) Is your museum undergoing changes, or does it need to? Does your board need a “restart”? Do you need to raise money or increase memberships? Do you wonder what your management style is? Do your exhibits need updating? Are your interpretative programs a bit stale? Do you wonder how you can incorporate technology into your museum? Is your museum prepared to handle a disaster? Do you know where your collections are? Do you ever think about ethics? Are you having trouble attracting volunteers? Do you wonder what the future holds for museums? All of these topics and MORE are discussed at JIMI, a program designed for personnel from small to mid-sized museums. Graduates have often noted they learned more in eight (8) days than they did in their entire museum studies programs! Participants not only learn from veteran museum professionals, but they learn from each other, too. Group and individual exercises create lively discussions and allow participants to learn about themselves as well as how to improve their institutions. For information on how to apply, please check out the SEMC website, www. semcdirect.net/jimi. JIMI will be held January 22–29, 2019. Scholarships are available! Carefully read and follow directions for applying. Space is limited to 16 participants who will be selected by the JIMI Committee. If you have questions, please contact Martha Battle Jackson, JIMI Administrator, 919. 733.7862, ext. 236, martha.jackson@ncdcr.gov; John Lancaster, 615.210.7933, jsl2d@me.com; or, Susan Perry, Executive Director, SEMC, 404.814.2048, sperry@ semcdirect.net.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 21, 2018

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JOIN US IN HISTORIC JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI for the SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting. Home to acclaimed literary figures like Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, and the poet Margaret Walker, Jackson has a rich and vibrant past and a passionate spirit today. Experience the City of Soul’s restaurants to sample the iconic soul food of the Mississippi Delta, take in the culture and the nightlife. Explore the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Museum of Mississippi History, the LeFleur Museum District, and the Eudora Welty House and Gardens. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Museums Rise Up.” Reignite your imagination with new ideas for exhibitions. Expand the range of ideas for developing response plans in case of disaster. Learn the many ways that museums operate as engines of economic growth and the valuable contributions they make to local economies. This year’s program includes sessions focusing on inclusion, work-life balance, and evolving the museum of tomorrow. SEMC’s Program Committee invites everyone to meet us in Jackson to share stories of successful innovations and stories of lessons learned, to explore exciting strategies for promoting diversity and openness in your institutions and to network with the most generous and congenial group of museum professionals in the country.

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PARTICIPANTS IN THE SEMC 2018 ANNUAL MEETING WILL EXPERIENCE • Over 65 sessions and workshops on collaboration within a larger community, phonebanking successfully after a natural disaster, confronting the history of Confederate monuments, navigating the insurance claims process, creating digital media to engage visitors, responding to controversy and negative publicity, claiming abandoned cultural properties, developing creative fundraising, rebranding and rebuilding a museum store, creating exhibits on a budget, supporting social justice work in museums, surviving a closure, revitalizing community economies through strategic partnerships, making interactives that don’t break the bank and ethically interpreting Native American art in the museum. • Keynote speaker: Natasha Trethewey, poet laureate of the United States, 2012–2014. • Resource Expo with over 60 vendors. • Evening Events at the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and

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Museum of Mississippi History, the Old Capitol Museum, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, and The LeFleur Museum District. Private walking tour of historic downtown Jackson. Behind the Scenes tours of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum as well as the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Pre-conference tours of Oxford, Mississippi’s cultural and heritage sites and the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (MAX) in Meridian. Extensive networking with your Southeastern museum colleagues.

ANNUAL MEETING HOTEL The Jackson Marriott Downtown is our host hotel in historic Jackson LOCATION: Jackson Marriott Downtown Hotel 200 E Amite St, Jackson, MS 39201. For reservations, call 1.601.969.5100, toll free 1.800.256.9194. Mention “Southeastern Museums Conference.” ROOM RATES: $145/Standard Room + 16.75% applicable taxes. ROOM BLOCK CUTOFF DATE: Friday, September 14, 2018, 5:00 pm. Register now online at www.SEMCdirect.net for early discounts: Early Bird (5/1 – 7/13) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regular (7/13 – 9/21) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Onsite (10/8 – 10/10) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MMA (5/1 – 9/21) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Student (5/1 – 9/21) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Single Day (5/1 – 9/21) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trustees (5/1 – 9/21) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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IMPORTANT DATES June 15 – SEMC Exhibition Competition deadline June 15 – SEMC Publication Competition deadline June 15 – SEMC Technology Competition deadline June 15 – SEMC Scholarship Applications deadline July 13 – Annual Meeting Early Registration deadline July 13 – Resource Expo early registration deadline July 13 – SEMC Awards Nomination deadline September 14 – Hotel Room Block deadline

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

This year’s keynote speaker is Natasha Trethewey, an American poet born in Gulfport, Mississippi. Southeastern Museums Conference is excited to have Ms. Trethewey as a speaker in her home state of Mississippi. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, and she is a former Poet Laureate of Mississippi. In 2012, James Billington, then Librarian of Congress, named her the 19th US Poet Laureate. She was the first Southerner to receive the honor since Robert Penn Warren, in 1986, and the first African-American since Rita Dove, in 1993. Billington said, after hearing her poetry at the National Book Festival, that he was “immediately struck by a kind of classic quality with a richness and variety of structures with which she presents her poetry … she intermixes her story with the historical story in a way that takes you deep into the human tragedy of it.”

Among her many honors, Trethewey is the recipient of a 2017 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category, as well as the 2016 Academy of American Poets Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. In the judge’s citation, Marilyn Nelson said: “Natasha Trethewey’s poems plumb personal and national history to meditate on the conundrum of American racial identities. Whether writing of her complex family torn by tragic loss, or in diverse imagined voices from the more distant past, Trethewey encourages us to reflect, learn, and experience delight. The wide scope of her interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and necessary.” Trethewey has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. In 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, and several volumes of Best American Poetry. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

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ANNUAL MEETING SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES SEMC is proud to offer a number of Annual Conference Travel Scholarships. The SEMC Scholarships are valued at $850 and include the Conference registration ($350) plus a $500 travel stipend. Those eligible for SEMC Travel Scholarships are: • • • • • • • •

Students General Museum Professional Entry Level Museum Professionals Seasoned Museum Professionals Historic House Professionals African American Museum Professionals (AAAM members are encouraged to apply) Museum Professional from the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico ($1000 travel) Small Museum Professionals (annual operating budgets less than $500,000)

The scholarship application deadline is Friday, June 15, 2018. Visit SEMCdirect.net for details and application.

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ANNUAL MEETING COMPETITIONS SEMC will recognize the winners of its annual competitions at the Annual Awards Luncheon in Jackson, October 10, 2018. Competition details and guidelines as well as how to submit an entry can be found at SEMCdirect.net. Entries are due June 15, 2018. Good luck to all who enter! SEMC PUBLICATION COMPETITION The SEMC Publication Design Competition began in 1988 to recognize and reward excellence in graphic design in Southeastern museum publications. The competition encourages communication, effective design, creativity and pride of work, and recognition of institutional image and identity. Winning entries will be displayed at SEMC 2018 JACKSON, and featured in the Fall issue of Inside SEMC. CURCOM EXHIBITION COMPETITION The SEMC Curators’ Committee is committed to promoting excellence and professionalism in museums within the region. The Exhibition Competition 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. Winning exhibitions are announced at the SEMC 2018 Annual Awards in Jackson and featured in the Fall Issue of Inside SEMC. The competition has four categories: Exhibits with budgets under $10,000, under $25,000, over $25,000, over $100,000; and $1,000,000 or more. Inquiries should be addressed to Ann Rowson Love, ann.rowson@fsu.edu. TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION The SEMC Technology Competition 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 will be displayed at SEMC 2018 JACKSON and featured in the Fall issue of Inside SEMC.

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SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT WORK IN MUSEUMS (SWIM) This year SEMC’s popular Spotlight on Student Research Competition has been renamed Spotlight on Student Work in Museums (SWIM), and will be part of an awards program designed to recognize excellence in museum work done by students in two formats. SWIM will consist of a program session with four ten-minute presentations at SEMC’s annual meeting in Jackson, MS. However, SEMC will showcase additional student projects formatted as posters in a display area at the conference, which the students will staff on Wednesday, October 10, 10:45 – noon. All students selected for the four session slots or the poster presentations will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievements. SWIM proposals must present work done by a student or group of students for

a Southeastern museum as part of an internship, employment (paid or unpaid), or class project. Candidates or recent graduates of a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. program are eligible to submit proposals; the SWIM committee will jury undergraduate and graduate proposals separately. Group proposals must include names, majors, and intended degrees of all group members, but designate one person as the primary session contact. Support materials may include documents, photographs, and links to websites that feature your work products. All presenters are responsible for their own Annual Meeting registration fees and travel costs. Students are encouraged to apply for SEMC scholarships and learn more at SEMCdirect.net. The deadline is June 30, 2018.

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SEMC ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM Creativity, innovation, and leadership proliferate in museum professionals throughout the Southeast. The SEMC Awards Committee needs your help to identify and honor outstanding colleagues who have helped shape the world of museums. The awards will be presented as part of the Annual Business Meeting/Awards Luncheon in Jackson. Awards Committee Coordinator Julie Harris urges all SEMC members to take a few moments to consider those worthy friends, colleagues and mentors who, through their work with museums and their activities in museum associations, have provided exemplary service to the southeastern museum community. It’s easy to submit your entry online at SEMCdirect.net.

JAMES R. SHORT AWARD SEMC’s highest honor. Recognizes individuals who have given a lifetime (20+ years) of distinguished service to the museum profession.

To nominate someone for an SEMC Award, please include:

OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE MUSEUM PROFESSION AWARD Recognizes a leader with 10 years or more of service to an allied or affiliated professional organization.

• • • • • •

Nominee name & contact information Nominator name & contact information Name of the award Summary of the nominee’s accomplishments Two support letters Support materials such as the nominee’s current CV, honors, etc.

MUSEUM LEADERSHIP AWARD Recognizes mid-career museum professionals (10+ years) who have shown significant advancement within the profession by leadership in museum activities. EMERGING MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS AWARD Recognizes emerging professionals (2-10 years) who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in museum activities at his or her institution.

DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTOR AWARD Recognizes a non-museum professional who has contributed his or her leadership expertise, financial support or collections support over a period of 20 years or more to a museum or the museum field in the SEMC region.

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LEADERSHIP FORUM Join us for Leadership Forum in Jackson, MS. In partnership with the Museum Trustee Association (MTA), SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting will offer a Trustee-Director track of programs that explore issues that matter to museum leaders. The Trustee-Director luncheon and Leadership Forum Program will be on Monday, October 8, at the Jackson Marriott Downtown Hotel. This will be an excellent opportunity to network and learn from your colleagues and trustees. You’ll also have the opportunity to join discussions on Disrupting the Boardroom, Museums as Economic Engines, and The Politics of Confederate Monuments & Commemoration in

the 21st Century. There will be a Leadership reception at the Mississippi Museum of Art on October 8 at 6:00 pm followed by the evening event. Share ideas and vision with fellow museum leaders. Single Day registration ($100) for museum trustees includes the Trustee-Director Luncheon, programs, and private reception. SEMC thanks our sponsors, Alexander Haas, Museum Trustee Association, DLR Group, and Travelers for the Leadership Forum.

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SPECIAL SESSION TRACKS EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Engaging visitors and providing education and insight are at the heart of most museums’ mission. The resources available to you at sessions like Using Animal Ambassadors to Enhance Museum Programs; Breaking the Silos: Interdisciplinary Learning at a University Museum; and Popup Tinkering for any Museum will give you new ways to educate your public. COLLECTION CARE/REGISTRARS SEMC Jackson 2018 will feature informative discussions on how to do everything possible to safeguard collections as well as real life lessons on what to do if things do go wrong. These kinds of details can be found in the following sessions: We like to Move It, Move It! Two Perspectives on Artifact Relocation; Who Ya Gonna Call: Phonebank Outreach after Natural Disasters; and Navigating the Insurance Process: Reflections on the Rebuilding.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, ACCESSABILITY AND INCLUSION This year’s program offers an outstanding array of presentations and workshops focusing on expanding the idea of whom museums are to serve. Holding Space: The Power of Social Justice Work in Museums; Talking Race: The Power, Influence and Responsibility of Museum Professionals; M. L. King and the Civil Rights Movement: Legacy of Service in the Museums and Historic Preservation; Mississippi Civil Rights Rise Up: The Making of a New State Museum; and Interpreting Racism Today are only five of the many sessions working with providing new ideas and innovative strategies for use in your home institution. Don’t miss the Equity and Inclusion Meet-up on Monday afternoon, October 8, from 4:00-4:30 pm. HISTORIC HOUSES HHMAG presents its 2018 annual Hands-On Project with visits to the Oaks House and the Manship House

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Museums. Sessions this year include Dealing with Difficult Histories: How Three Historic House Sites Are Combatting Visitor Perception and Raising the Roof: Historic House Sites Working Together to Solve Problems.

It Could Happen to You; Finding the Work-Life Balance; or Creating a Protective Environment for Today’s Museums. These programs provide the opportunity to hear colleagues’ stories and learn from their experiences.

TECHNOLOGY Every day seems to bring innovations in technology and the ways that we use our devices. Come and explore some of the ways that museums are deploying new technologies to enhance and enrich their visitors’ experience. Sessions like Interactives in Galleries: Don’t Break the Bank; Reconstructing History; Making Sense of Mobile Tours; Leveraging Mobile Apps as a Multi Tool; and Digital Strategies for Engaging Visitors will have you thinking about new opportunities technology can make possible in your museum.

EMERGING MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS Jump-start your career with SEMC 2018 networking opportunities and sessions like Small Museum Jeopardy: EMP Edition at Eudora Welty House and Garden and the Emerging Museum Professionals Roundtable. There’s a special EMP meet-up at Hal and Mal’s, a downtown bar that boasts music on two different stages and where you can network and make new friends. Don’t forget to submit a proposal for Spotlight on Student Work in Museums (SWIM) by June 30, 2018.

GENERAL Attend Escape the Session Room to learn from your colleagues how to build an “escape room” from your collection and using your site’s history. Other sessions include Likes, Yikes, and Visitation Spikes: How Small Museums Can Overcome Big Challenges; The Museum of Tomorrow; Creating a Unique Museum Store; Librarian & Archivist Roundtable;

FUNDRAISING/DEVELOPMENT Identifying and successfully engaging with sources of funding are absolutely essential to the work museums do. Participate in the sessions Museums Rise up with Creative Fundraising!; Museums as Economic Engines; and How IMLS Grants Can Help Communities in Need to develop the skills needed to raise the funds to fuel the projects you’d like to see.

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2018 ANNUAL MEETING SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The Southeastern Museums Conference is one of the largest and friendliest regional museum associations in the nation, representing twelve states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Known for its creative programs and exciting evening events, SEMC’s “all in one” registration encourages informal interaction between Resource Expo exhibitors and meeting participants. In Jackson, we expect over 550 attendees to the SEMC Annual Meeting October 8–10, 2018. SEMC serves all levels of museum professionals in primarily mid-size museums. Museum leaders in many different disciplines include directors, curators, registrars, exhibit designers and educators. Every type of museum is represented including art, history, historic house/sites, science/technology, military and maritime, natural history, and children’s/youth museums, as well as specialized interest museums. SEMC’s Annual Meeting is the perfect format for businesses to directly reach museum decision-makers. SEMC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by membership and contributions. Sponsorship support helps to make the SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting an outstanding opportunity for networking.

RESOURCE EXPO 2018 INFORMATION location: Jackson Marriott, 200 East Amite Street, Jackson, MS 39201 Please make hotel reservations at Marriott ($145) by calling 1.800.228.9290, 1.601.969.5100, or booking website, and reference “Southeastern Museums Conference.” room rates: $145/Single Room + 16.75% applicable taxes room block cutoff date: Friday, September 14, 2018, by 5:00 pm schedule: MONDAY, OCTOBER 8  8:00 am – 1:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In  1:00 pm Expo opens  2:15 – 2:45 pm Afternoon Break  4:30 – 5:30 pm Expo Opening Reception  6:00 pm Expo closes TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9  9:00 am Expo opens  10:15 – 10:45 am Coffee Break  12:00 – 12:30 pm Expo Lunch  3:00 – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break  4:30 – 5:30 pm Silent Auction & Expo Closing Reception  5:30 pm Expo Closes & Exhibitor Move-Out Corporate Friend/Partner members must renew by June 15, 2018, to reserve a booth for the SEMC Expo. 24


SEMC CORPORATE CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP Show your support, stay in touch, and increase your visibility with a conference sponsorship. SEMC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by membership and contributions. Sponsorship support helps make the 2018 Annual Meeting an outstanding and affordable opportunity for networking in the expanding Southeastern museums community. Sponsors receive the following: PLATINUM SPONSOR — $10,000 Choose from the following opportunities: • An Evening Event • Leadership Reception & Directors’ Session Track Plus: Exclusive Conference sponsor (a $5,000 value) • Annual Membership at Corporate Partner level (a $2,100 value) • Booth fee (includes three registrations) at Resource Expo (a $900 value) • Full page ad in the SEMC newsletter (3 annual issues, a $1,000 value) • Inside front cover, inside back cover, or back cover of the annual meeting program (a $1,200 value) • Signage & recognition at annual meeting events (a $300+ value) • Unlimited Access to SEMC Mailing Lists • Eligible to present a Commercial Session at the Annual Meeting • Acknowledgement at the sponsored event & General Session • Recognition in Annual Meeting program and fall issue of SEMC newsletter • Recognition on SEMC website • Company literature in attendee tote bags and logo on tote bags ($1,000 value)

GOLD SPONSOR — $6,000 Choose from the following opportunities: • An Evening Event • Leadership Reception • Conference Transportation Plus: Sponsor for Annual Meeting event (a $3,000 value) • Annual Membership at Corporate Friend level (a $1,000 value) • Booth fee (includes three registrations) at Resource Expo (a $900 value) • ½-page ad in the SEMC newsletter (3 annual issues, a $600 value) • ½-page in the annual meeting program (a $600 value) • Signage & recognition at annual meeting events (a $300+ value) • Unlimited Access to SEMC Mailing Lists • Eligible to present a Commercial Session at the Annual Meeting • Company literature inserted into attendee tote bags ($300 value) • Acknowledgement at the sponsored event & General Session • Recognition in Annual Meeting program and fall issue of SEMC newsletter • Recognition on SEMC website SILVER SPONSOR — $3,000 Choose from the following opportunities: • The General Session/Awards Luncheon • Logo on Tote Bags • Logo on Name Badge Lanyard • SEMC Council’s Legacy Reception • Expo Networking Lunch Plus: Co-Sponsor for Annual Meeting event (a $1,500 value) • Annual Membership at Corporate Friend level (a $1,000 value) • Booth fee (includes two registrations) at Resource Expo (a $750 value) • ½-page ad in the SEMC newsletter (3 annual issues, a $600 value)

• ½-page in the annual meeting program (a $600 value) • Signage & recognition at annual meeting events (a $300+ value) • Unlimited Access to SEMC Mailing Lists • Eligible to present a Commercial Session at the Annual Meeting • Company literature inserted into attendee tote bags ($300 value) • Acknowledgement at the General Session • Recognition in Annual Meeting program and fall issue of SEMC newsletter • Recognition on SEMC website BRONZE SPONSOR — $2,000 Choose from the following opportunities: • Grand Opening Reception at Resource Expo • One of the Resource Expo Breaks • Students Work in Museums (SWIM) Program/Poster Session • One of the Affinity Luncheons:   Leadership Luncheon   Educators’ Luncheon   Curators’ Luncheon Plus: Annual Membership at Corporate Friend level (a $1,000 value) • Booth fee (includes two registrations) at Resource Expo (a $750 value) • ¼-page ad in the SEMC newsletter (3 annual issues, a $275 value) • ¼-page in the annual meeting program (a $275 value) • Signage & recognition at annual meeting events (a $300+ value) • Unlimited Access to SEMC Mailing Lists • Eligible to present a Commercial Session at the Annual Meeting • Acknowledgement at the General Session • Recognition in Annual Meeting program and fall issue of SEMC newsletter • Recognition on SEMC website

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A  SPECIAL THANKS SEMC Endowment Contributions

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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 sperry@semcdirect.net. Alexander Benitez David Butler Matthew Davis Martha Jackson William Paul, Jr. Catherine Pears Zinnia Willits

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 Kristin 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 Medallion Alderson Fellows  (minimum $2,500) George Bassi Sharon Bennett David Butler Tamra Sindler Carboni Martha Battle Jackson Pamela Meister Richard Waterhouse Our Current Alderson Fellows  (minimum $1,000) T. Patrick Brennan Michael Brothers W. James Burns William U. Eiland Horace Harmon Brian Hicks Pamela Hisey Micheal Hudson Rick Jackson Andrew Ladis Elise LeCompte Allyn Lord Michael Anne Lynn R. Andrew Maass Darcie MacMahon Robin Seage Person Allison Reid Steve Rucker Kristin Miller Zohn 33


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. The year 2018 marks JIMI’s 18th anniversary, and SEMC has brought the fund’s total to $25,616 as of May 31, 2018.

ing Annual Meetings and nationally acclaimed Jekyll Island Management Institute. If you are an individual member and your museum is not an institutional member, please encourage them to join. To learn more about SEMC memberships and benefits, or to join online, visit semcdirect. net. Or contact Susan Perry, SEMC Executive Director, at sperry@semcdirect.net or 404.814.2048. For your convenience, the last page of this newsletter is a membership application.

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FLORIDA The Mennello Museum of American Art is receiving the largest gift in the museum’s history from museum founder Michael A. Mennello. The extraordinary gifts of art from his private collection to include fourteen paintings and five sculptures featuring work by worldrenowned American artists with examples of artists associated with the Ashcan School of Art, the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Arts Students League, New York. The gift includes four significant works by John Sloan, three paintings by George Wesley Bellows, two paintings by George Luks, and single works by John White Alexander, Louis Ritman, Robert Henri, and Josephine (Jo) Hopper. œ

The gift also includes four exceptional bronze sculptures by renowned contemporary artist Deborah Butterfield. Also included is Madam Lachaise, 1925, a bronze figurative sculpture by Gaston Lachaise an early twentieth century artist most noted for his female nudes and bronze expressions. In addition, over twenty examples of early twentieth century painting and works from his American Impressionist Collection are to be shared with the museum. Pieces include work by renowned artists: Guy Carlton Wiggins, Lilla Cabot Perry, Pauline Lennards Palmer, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Henry Salem Hubbell, Louis Ritman, among others. Highlighting the gift are three Henry Salem Hubbell paintings, including his famous work Building of the House, 1930. 50


Recently gifted to the Georgia Museum of Art: Winslow Homer, Two Girls on a Hillside, 1879, watercolor over pencil on paper, 7 × 10 in., and John Singer Sargent, The Portal of S. Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, ca. 1903, watercolor over pencil on paper, 9½ × 13¾ in.

GEORGIA In 2017, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia received a gift of a significant group of paintings and works on paper from C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry. Mrs. Terry and her late husband have generously supported many endeavors across the University of Georgia for decades, including the Terry College of Business, which bears their name. Together,

they collected these works of French and American art with a discriminating eye to hang in their home. The resulting group features delicate watercolors by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Andrew Wyeth; a pastel by Childe Hassam; and oils by John Twachtman, Maurice Prendergast, and John Leslie Breck, among others. The intimate exhibition will feature all fourteen works, which greatly increase the museum’s holdings by some of these major artists, on view through August 5. 51


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The Asheville Art Museum recently was awarded a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation in support of its Connections program, a new arts-based program serving adults with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners living in Western North Carolina. Connections will take place monthly with specially trained Museum staff and volunteers leading groups of adults living with any form of dementia or other memory loss, and their care partners, in a guided experience in the galleries that invites conversation about artworks. Participants will then engage in a related hands-on, artmaking or other multisensory activity in the classroom or gallery spaces, which allows for further socialization.

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On view in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art: Georgia O’Keeffe, Radiator Building—Night, New York, 1927, oil on canvas, 48 × 30 in., Alfred Stieglitz Collection, coowned by Fisk University Nashville, Tennessee, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Georgia O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1, 1932, oil on canvas 48 x 40 in., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2014.35.

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Running this summer until September 3 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art. The art of Georgia O’Keeffe has intrigued viewers and artists for generations with her images of enormous flowers, luscious colors, landscapes, feminine forms, and still lifes. This exhibit brings together more than thirty of O’Keeffe’s paintings and includes the work of twenty emerging artists focusing on similar themes.

The Mennello Museum is pleased to present the work of multi-media Korean-American artist Jiha Moon in an upcoming solo exhibition, Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here. Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan, and China and then unites them with Western elements to investigate the multi-faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. Featuring over fifty works, Moon 57


On view in the Mennello Museum’s exhibition Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here: Jiha Moon, Most Everyone’s Mad Here; Jiha Moon, Big Pennsylvania Dutch Korean Painting; and Jiha Moon, Letter Shin (Yellow).

blurs the lines between Western and Eastern identified iconography in compositions that appear simultaneously familiar and foreign. The exhibition will be on view through August 12.

GEORGIA The exhibition Bloom Where You’re Planted: The Collection of Deen Day Sanders features a vibrant and highly varied collection of American works of art, on

view at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. The collector has a number of impressive distinctions, especially in relation to her philanthropy to the University of Georgia and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. She has also spent a significant portion of her life building one of the most notable art collections in the state of Georgia, at Bellmere, the home of Deen and Jim Sanders. ¶ Bloom Where You’re Planted will allow the public to view an impressively cohesive collection that tells a story both of American 58


On view in the Georgia Museum of Art’s exhibition Bloom Where You’re Planted: The Collection of Deen Day Sanders: Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926), Mother, Sara, and the Baby, ca. 1908, pastel on paper mounted on board, 44 × 36 in.; Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935), The Giant Ailanthus, October 1931, pastel on paper laid on board, 11¾ × 15½ in.; John Singer Sargent (American, b. Italy, 1856–1925), Portrait of Jeanne Kieffer, 1879, oil on canvas, 25 × 22 in.

life and of Mrs. Sanders’ support of the State Botanical Garden, art and all things that grow. Dating from the 19th to the early 20th century, the paintings, furniture, porcelain and other works in the exhibition emphasize the diversity of American art at this time. The exhibition focuses on themes of childhood, nature, still lifes, interiors and depictions of the American West and Native Americans. Together, they touch on every major trend in American art during the period, which speaks to Mrs. Sanders’ eye as a collector and to the

quality and scope of the works in general. ¶ The collection’s visual art in particular highlights a number of influential artists. One will find names such as Thomas Sully, Mary Cassatt, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Moran, Winslow Homer, Ernest Lawson, and the impressionist Childe Hassam among others. The show’s curator, Sarah Kate Gillespie (curator of American art at the museum), is especially proud of the inclusion of two rarely seen works by John Singer Sargent in the exhibition. The exhibition will be open until July 29. 59


On view in the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s exhibition Feast for the Eyes (clockwise from top): Sandy Skoglund, Peas on a Plate, 1978. © 1978 Sandy Skoglund; courtesy RYAN LEE Gallery, New York. Grant Cornett, Jello Disco Floor, 2016, for Gather Journal, food styling by Janine Iversen. Courtesy of the artist. Daniel Gordon, Pineapple and Shadow, 2011. Courtesy the artist and James Fuentes Gallery, New York.

LOUISIANA Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography, a traveling exhibition of photographs that explores our obsession with photographing food, eating, and the rituals that often surround them. Featuring over one hundred photographs by many of the most well-known names in photography, the exhibition explores the rich history

of food as a primary subject in the medium. Featuring photographs from across artistic and commercial practices, Feast for the Eyes explores this most ordinary of subjects through three dynamic themes, “Still Life, “Around the Table,” and “Playing With Food.” In addition to the photographs, a wide-ranging display of cookbooks provides their own visual history in context with the framed works. This exhibition will run to September 16. 60


On view in the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art’s exhibition Elegance and Industry in the Era of the Georges is Paul Storr (English, 1771–1844), Soup Tureen on Stand, 1794–1795, silver. A Lauren Rogers Museum of Art purchase in memory of Thomas M. Gibbons, 76.10.

MISSISSIPPI The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, in Laurel, Mississippi, presents Elegance and Industry in the Era of the Georges: Decorative Arts in Eighteenth-Century England and America, through July 15, 2018.The eighteenth century was a high point in elegance and refinement in the decorative arts. The enjoyment of luxurious objects was not limited to the aristocracy. A growing middle-class

in England and America sought to display their newlygentrified status with well-decorated homes. The potter Josiah Wedgwood, the furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, the silversmith Hester Bateman, and Worcester Royal Porcelain Company founders Dr. John Wall and William Davis were entrepreneurs who pursued industry and innovation in the production of sophisticated domestic objects. Elegance and Industry includes paintings, furniture, and table-top items from 61


Koo Schadler, Snow Hare and Landscape, 2018. Silver, aluminum & copper points, copper wool pad, egg tempera, Rublev Tempera Ground, Twinrocker Handmade Hot Press Watercolor Paper (on gold leaf support). On view in the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art’s exhibition Silver Lining: Contemporary Works in Silverpoint.

the Georgian era. These are installed along with silver from Lauren Rogers Museum of Art’s collection, which is the subject of a new book published in celebration of the Museum’s 95th Anniversary: The Currency of Taste: The Gibbons Georgian Silver Collection of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. ¶ Also on view at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is Silver Lining: Contemporary Works in Silverpoint, through July 29, 2018.Artists are breathing new life into techniques and forms found in centuries-old fine and decorative arts, and they are incorporating contemporary attitudes and approaches in their work. Our Contemporary Connections series of exhibitions uses the strengths of the museum’s collection to make connections to contemporary art. This year’s installment relates to our Georgian silver collection, in honor of our new book The Currency of Taste: The

Gibbons Georgian Silver Collection of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Works by seven artists are included in the exhibition. Aj Smith creates silverpoint portraits of individuals who live in relatively remote isolated communities of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta to celebrate their gifts of honesty and majestic ordinariness, even when they are faced with political, economic, and social deprivation. Koo Schadler’s mixed-media drawings, which include silverpoint and other metalpoint as well as egg tempera and gold leaf, are akin to Renaissance works that highlight the beauty of human and animal subjects alike. Susan Schwalb juxtaposes a wide variety of metals, including silver, gold, tin, and copper in horizontal bands to evoke an atmosphere of serenity in her abstract works. Tom Mazzullo’s silverpoint drawings begin with observation and are done 62


The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Wrestling the Angel displays in full George Roualt’s Miserere portfolio, 1948.

from life to find the beauty, balance, and perfection in everyday objects. The silverpoint medium, with its delicate lines and gentle tones, is perfectly suited to capture the intimate still life subjects of Jeffrey Lewis. Carol Prusa covers spherical shapes in silver point drawings and ground graphite and then embeds fiber optics and lights to evoke the grandeur of the cosmos and complicated systems of the human body. Craig Drennen uses silverpoint within diverse media to address disregarded existing cultural products. Silver Lining: Contemporary Works in Silverpoint has been co-curated by Kristen Miller Zohn, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at LRMA, and Hannah Israel, Gallery Director of the Illges Gallery at Columbus State University in Georgia, where the exhibition will travel this fall.

NORTH CAROLINA Through October 28, 2018, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, in Charlotte, North Carolina, presents Wrestling the Angel: A Century of Artists Reckoning with Religion, an exhibition that examines how religion and sacred art appear in work made by seemingly secular,

avant-garde artists. The examples on view critically investigate the role of religion and spirituality as both a social component and as a visual language often implicitly present in daily life, even if the image is not explicitly referencing the original religious source. ¶ Religious practices and spiritual contemplation have been integral to object-making throughout recorded history. Many disciplines study the practice, but most stop abruptly with the modern era. Yet numerous artists over the last two centuries have acknowledged that a religious upbringing, spiritual practice, or sacred art impact their work, whether overtly or obliquely. This effect can be seen in diverse ways—aesthetically, thematically, and formally. ¶ Often these religious elements have intertwined with a larger social and political project. In times of uncertainty, religion offers another path of comfort, guidance, and reprieve. There are numerous examples of artists investigating spiritual practices to find respite in traumatic times or to bring a deeper empathy to their practice. These artists hoped to incorporate the use of contemplative practices to support a sense of empathy in their work that resonated outward into their audiences. In 1943, 63


On view at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, in the exhibition Wrestling the Angel, Alfred Manessier’s Flamme vivé (Living Flame), 1958, lithograph on paper, 25½ × 19⅝. Also on view at the Bechtler, through September 9, is the exhibition Alfred Manessier, which includes Manessier’s illustrations for St. John of the Cross’ Spiritual Canticles, Eugène Guillevic’s Cymbalum, and the elephantine portfolio Presentation of the Beauce at Notre-Dame of Chartres.

Alfred Manessier sought refuge with Trappist monks during the Nazi occupation of France; their ascetic, meditative lifestyle offered him a new direction and he infused his work with similar tranquility, presented in his paintings included in the exhibition. In the same period, Manessier’s contemporary Jean Bazaine, who also incorporated Christian themes into his abstract compositions, organized protest exhibitions in France against the Nazi occupation. Bazaine believed in the power of abstract art to unite diverse cultures against the divisive German government. Other artists on view sought non-Western sources. Mark Tobey and Sam Francis, for example, explored Tao and Zen Buddhist practices that affected both how they lived their lives and marked their canvases. ¶ Some artists investigated the role of organized religion in social conflict. Using traditional stories and symbols, these artists sought reconciliation. Marc Chagall, Jean Bazaine, Georges Rouault, and Sandrow Birk looked to tomes such as the Bible and Qur’an to explain the religious intolerance sweeping their cultures. In the years between World War I and World War II, French artist Georges Rouault looked to the story of Christ in a series of 58 lithographs entitled Miserere, all of which are on view. With somber

tones and gestural brushstrokes, Rouault detailed this story of sacrifice as a way to remind audiences that the Passion was meant to ameliorate suffering, not perpetuate it. In this way, artists presented religious and spiritual traditions as tools that can reinforce values of social justice, not undermine them. ¶ Still others juxtaposed details from religious art with topical references to examine the relationship between traditional practices and contemporary life. When Andy Warhol presented his icons of Marilyn Monroe (on view), Jacqueline Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor, he merged publicity photos and tabloid blow-ups with the icon of saints that filled his vision when he attended daily Mass through his childhood. Many artists explore the transition of moral education from Sunday school to Sunday matinees. Contemporary artists like Tom Thoune included in the exhibition ask what it means when children learn a moral code from Walt Disney—“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”—instead of Bible verse—“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? ¶ These explorations can be less literal—consider Niki de Saint Phalle with art on view that incorporates decorative motifs from religious architecture to evoke the symbolism of these forms when they cross over from a religious context into secular life. In each case, these artists address how spiritual pursuits manifest themselves in contemporary life, whether they appear in traditional or colloquial guises, and the critical presentation of Wrestling the Angel will encourage viewers to consider how these practices continue to define societies and their relationships to each other and the larger world. 64


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The American Art Collaborative (AAC) is a consortium of fourteen U.S. institutions—thirteen museums and one archive—working together to create a critical mass of Linked Open Data (LOD) around the subject of the visual arts in America. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has been a founding member of the AAC since the consortium’s formal establishment in 2014. For a full list of participating institutions, educational briefings, presentations, and general project background, visit AmericanArtCollaborative. org. Thanks to a leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (awarded to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art) and generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (awarded to AAC partner Smithsonian American Art Museum on behalf of AAC), the AAC has converted over 230,000 museum object records to LOD.

In early June, Winston-Salem’s Reynolda House Museum of American Art will be launching their new app, Reynolda Revealed. Designed to bring the museum’s art, history and its setting into the palm of every visitor’s hand, the app incorporates video, archival audio, and photographs to deliver a narrative of the R. J. Reynolds and their estate. The app provides information never publicly shared which has been taken from the Reynolds family archives.

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people and places The Arkansas Museums Association (AMA) announced that Heather Marie Wells, Digital Media Project Manager of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, has been elected President of the Board of Directors. The membership voted on new board members at the annual business meeting held March 27-19, 2018 in Calico Rock, Arkansas. Wells joined the organization in 2006 and was first elected to the board in 2010 as a district representative. After serving in that position for six years, she served as vice president for a year. Her work has been recognized by AMA through a number of awards including Outstanding Achievement in Media, Exhibition of the Year, and Museum Professional of the Year.

Wells has been in the museum field for 18 years, having previously worked at the University of Arkansas Museum in Fayetteville and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, AR. She has been with Crystal Bridges for the past seven years, having started before the museum opened in 2011. Her responsibilities include managing the museum’s mobile applications, audio tours, and exhibition interactives. Her work has also been recognized by the Southeastern Museums Conference and the American Alliance of Museums.

– Fayetteville where she earned a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Anthropology-Museum Studies. Dr. Lee Anne Hurt Chesterfield will be the Director of the Harn Museum of Art effective July 1. Dr. Chesterfield comes to the University of Florida from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where she served as the principle advisor to the Director and oversaw all aspects of the museum’s strategic plan and board relations.

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NATIONAL MEETINGS Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) will hold its next annual conference June 21–25, 2018, at the Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami). This year’s theme is “Audacious Ideas: University Museums and Collections as Change-Agents for a Better World.” For more information visit www.aamg-us.org. The American Association of State and Local History presents its 2018 annual meeting in Kansas City, MO, September 26–29, 2018. The 2018 Annual Meeting theme is “Truth or Consequences.” For more information, visit www.aaslh.org. Interpreting African American History and Culture Workshop will be held January 27 – February 2, 2019, at James Island County Park, Charleston, SC, and is sponsored by the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, Association of African American

Museums, National Association for Interpretation and the Southeastern Museums Conference. Application process will open in late summer. Follow link for more details: nmaahc.si.edu/connect/osp/opportunities. Application deadline for the Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) is October 21, 2018. JIMI will be held January 22–29, 2019. Scholarships are available! Carefully read and follow directions for applying. Space is limited to 16 participants who will be selected by the JIMI Committee. JIMI takes place If you have questions, please contact Martha Battle Jackson, JIMI Administrator, 919. 733.7862, ext. 236, martha.jackson@ncdcr.gov; John Lancaster, 615.210.7933, jsl2d@me.com; or, Susan Perry, Executive Director, SEMC, 404.814.2048, sperry@ semcdirect.net.

STATE MEETINGS Florida Association of Museums Date: September 30 – October 3, 2018.  Location: Naples, FL. Louisiana Association of Museums Date: TBA Location: TBA

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Inside SEMC Summer 2018  

The Newsletter of the Southeastern Museums Conference

Inside SEMC Summer 2018  

The Newsletter of the Southeastern Museums Conference

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