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INSIDE S E MC winter 2017 | www.semcdirect.net The Newsletter of the Southeastern Museums Conference


ON THE COVER  Martha Battle Jackson, Chief Curator, Division of State Historic Sites and Properties, North Carolina, and Kyle Bryner, Registrar &

Collections Manager, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Virginia, outside of Discovery Place at the SEMC 2016 annual meeting in Charlotte.

46 Executive Director’s Notes  Susan Perry 

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 SAVE THE DATE: SEMC 2017 NEW ORLEANS  

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Thank You to our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Hosts, and  Committees for SEMC Annual Meeting 2016 Charlotte  

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Annual Meeting 2016 Scholarship The 2016 Award Winners                  Winners Share Their Experience   The 2017 SEMC Officers and Council  

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39 NMAAHC Reception 40 My Experience With Hurricane Matthew   42 SEMC Impact Plan  

Natalie Hefter, Vice President of Programs/Exhibits at the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head,  South Carolina, discusses preparing for and recovering from a disaster. 2


75 Latino Outreach and Collaborative Curation  at the North Carolina Museum of History  

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 Diana Bell-Kite, Associate Curator, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources,   presents four strategies for developing inclusive exhibitions.

 A Special Thanks   Endowment and Membership Contributions 

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60 Congratulations 64  Exhibitions 70 People and Places 78 What’s Happening 81 Important Dates 82  SEMC Job Forum 82 Get Social with SEMC 82 SEMC Membership Form 83 Acquisitions  

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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

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

semc officers Darcie MacMahon President  352.273.2053 dmacmahon@flmnh.ufl.edu Director of Exhibits & Public Programs, Florida  Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL Dawn Hammatt Vice President 504.568.6972 dhammatt@crt.la.gov Project Manger, Mississippi Arts &  Entertainment Experience, Meridian, MS Robin Seage Person Secretary 601.442.2901 rsperson@bellsouth.net Branch Director, Historic Jefferson College,

Inside SEMC is published three times a year by SEMC. Annual subscription is included in membership dues.

 Washington, MS Robin Reed Treasurer 757.690.8962

Design: Nathan Moehlmann, Goosepen Studio & Press

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

The deadline for the Summer 2017 newsletter is April 26, 2017. To submit information for the newsletter, please contact the Council Director in your state.

David Butler Past President 865.524.1260 dbutler@knoxart.org Executive Director, Knoxville Museum  of Art, Knoxville, TN

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semc directors Kyle Elizabeth Bryner 

Elise LeCompte

540.662.1473, x 204 | kbryner@theMSV.org|

352.273.1925 | lecompte@flmnh.ufl.edu

Registrar & Collections Manager

Registrar & Asst. Dept. Chair,

 Museum of the Shenandoah Valley,

 Florida Museum of Natural History,

 Winchester, VA

 Gainesville, FL

Priscilla Cooper

Deborah Mack 

205.328.9696 | pcooper@bcri.org

202.633.4513 | mackdlynn@si.edu

Vice President of Institutional Programs,

Assoc. Dir. Community & Constituent Services

 Birmingham Civil Rights Institute,

 Smithsonian’s National Museum of African

 Birmingham, AL

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

Julie Harris

Catherine Pears

270.575.9958

318.443.0545

jharris@riverdiscoverycenter.org

cpears@lsua.edu

Executive Director, River Discovery

Executive Director, Alexandria Museum

 Center, Paducah, KY

 of Art Alexandria, LA

Brian Hicks

Deitrah J. Taylor 

662.429.8852

478.320.4010 | dtaylorhistorian@gmail.com

director@desotomuseum.org

Cultural Center Coordinator, The Cultural

Director, Desoto County Museum,

 Center, Georgia College and State

 Hernando, MS

 University, Milledgeville, GA

Kathleen Hutton 

Zinnia Willits

336.758.5394

843.722.2706 ext. 32

khutton@wfu.edu

zwillits@gibbesmuseum.org

Dir. of Education, Reynolda House Museum

Dir. of Collections & Operations,

 of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC

 Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

Jenny Lamb

Heather Marie Wells

615.483.5401/c

479.418.5700

jenny.lamb98@gmail.com

heathermarie.wells@crystalbridges.org

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring,

Digital Media Specialist, Crystal Bridges

 Murfreesboro, TN

 Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

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executive director’s notes In 2017 SEMC launched our IMPACT Plan in the following focus areas: • • • • • •

Honing Our Craft Inclusion Annual Gatherings Leadership Technology Marketing/Communication

How do we impact our communities? This past month I have witnessed the impact of museum professionals giving back to colleagues and reaching out to help other communities. The 17th Annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) demonstrated the impact of museum professionals

sharing their expertise to develop new museum leaders. Thirty-eight JIMI graduates and faculty as well as museum organizations and companies contributed 13 scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), SEMC offered for the fourth year the John Kinard Scholarship for two staff members of Association of African American Museums (AAAM) institutional museums to attend JIMI. The impact of these scholarships is the inclusion and development of more diverse museum leaders. Last month museum professionals in Georgia reached out to assist Albany Museum of Art after the storm. SEMC understands the need to create a policy for disaster preparedness and a communication network to quickly reach collection experts in each state. In the New Year, SEMC offered complimentary membership to AAAM institutional members in the Southeast. This strategic partnership will move forward the inclusion of all Southeast museums. SEMC realizes the critical need to improve the diversity of our membership to better serve our communities. SEMC 2017 NOLA will put “art, history and culture in motion.” SEMC annual conference is an opportunity to convene creative thinkers to envision inclusive museum experiences, diverse community engagement, and fundraising resources. Plan to attend SEMC 2017 Annual Meeting September 11–13 in New Orleans. This year let’s move forward to strengthen SEMC’s impact by growing a diverse SEMC membership, developing more content, and providing more learning opportunities for future museum leaders. Encourage your institution and colleagues to join SEMC. — Susan Perry, Executive Director

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THANK YOU

TO OUR SPONSORS, EXHIBITORS, HOSTS, AND COMMITTEES FOR SEMC ANNUAL MEETING 2016 CHARLOTTE SEMC 2016 Annual Meeting Sponsors PLATINUM SPONSOR Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg GOLD SPONSOR Travelers (Director/Trustee Reception) SILVER SPONSORS Perkins + Will (Annual Awards Luncheon) Solid Light, Inc. (General Session/Keynote Speaker) Studio Displays, Inc. (Evening Event) BRONZE SPONSORS Alexander Haas (Director/Trustee Luncheon)

Smart Solutions, as division of Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services (Director/Trustee Luncheon) L. Carole Wharton, LLC (SEMC Council’s Legacy Reception) Dietl International Services (morning break) SunTrust (Registration Table) RESOURCE EXPO SPONSORS Malone Design/Fabrication (Grand Opening Reception) Riggs Ward Design (Grand Opening Reception) Native Ground Books & Music (Grand Opening Reception) LANYARD SPONSOR HealyKohler Design

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HOSPITALITY SUITE SPONSOR Cinebar Productions, Inc. MOBILE GUIDE SPONSORS CultureConnect (Charlotte) OnCell (conference guide) TRANSPORTATION SPONSOR Visit Charlotte SEMC SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS SEMC 2015 Silent Auction (SEMC Traveling Scholarships) David Butler (President’s Scholarship) John A. Woods Appraisers (Historic House Museum Professional Scholarship) SERA SPONSORS Transportation Consultants International (Registrars Respite co-sponsor) Willis Towers Watson (Registrars Respite co-sponsor) Past Perfect (Dan Silosky Award for Excellence in Collections Management and Registration) Dietl International (two SERA travel scholarships) Gaylord Brothers, Inc. (SERA member discount)

HOST MUSEUMS Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Charlotte Museum of History Discovery Place Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture Levine Museum of the New South McColl Center for Art + Innovation The Mint Museum NASCAR Hall of Fame OFF-SITE TOUR/PROGRAM/ WORKSHOP SPONSORS Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Bank of America Carolina Raptor Center Discovery Place Historic Rosedale Latta Plantation Levine Museum of the New South The Mint Museum NASCAR Hall of Fame President James K. Polk State Historic Site

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Jennifer Edwards, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Suzanne Fetscher, McColl Center for Art & Innovation Tom Hanchett, community historian Catherine Wilson Horne, Discovery Place Michele Miller Houck, Carolina Raptor Center Kathleen Hutton, Reynolda House Museum of American Art Winston Kelley, NASCAR Hall of Fame Stephanie Lepore, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Cynthia Moreno, Mint Museum of Art Audra Rowton Noone, Visit Charlotte Kay Peninger, Charlotte Museum of History Haley Pillars, Studio Displays, Inc. Sharon Robinson, Wells Fargo Historical Services/NCMC President Kevin Schlesier, NASCAR Hall of Fame Michael Scott, High Point Museum/NCMC TK Smith, Visit Charlotte Katherine Steiner, Mint Museum of Art Scott Belford, Charlotte Symphony David Taylor, Harvey B. Gantt Center for AfricanAmerican Arts + Culture Ashley Thurmond, Levine Museum of the New South Jim Warren, Carolina Raptor Center Scott Warren, President James K. Polk State Historic Site, NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources Joyce Weaver, Mint Museum of Art

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SEMC 2016 AWARD WINNERS The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is proud to announce the winner of the 35th annual James R. Short Award, the most prestigious recognition of service to the museum profession in the Southeast. This year, SEMC also proudly conferred the Museum Leadership, Distinguished Contributor, Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession, and Emerging Museum Professional Awards. Winners were chosen from a wide range of entries across the Southeastern United States. The SEMC Awards Committee, co-chaired by Robin Reed and Julie Harris, honors outstanding colleagues who have helped shape the world of museums.

James R. Short Award Recipient Bill Worthen, Director, Historic Arkansas Museum, is this year’s recipient of the James R. Short Award. Mr. Worthen has directed Historic Arkansas Museum since 1972, leading the museum through expansions of facilities, programs, collections, publications, exhibits, research, partnerships, Bill Worthen at SEMC 2016 Charlotte.

community development, and tourism development. Under his leadership, the museum has grown from a halfblock of historic homes to a 2½ block museum campus. Mr. Worthen built professional standards into the museum, achieving AAM accreditation in 1981 making Historic Arkansas Museum the first accredited history museum in Arkansas and has assumed leadership roles on various committees with AAM, SEMC, AASLH as well as numerous regional, state, county and neighborhood entities. ¶ Mr. Worthen’s passion and enthusiasm have attracted and educated hundreds of thousands of people. He has elevated Arkansas’s arts, history, culture and historic sites, and has dedicated his career to Historic Arkansas Museum, as well as allied organizations and the museum profession across the country. He has been the face of Arkansas Heritage Tourism on a national stage with major media outlets such as Food Network, CNN, the History Channel and more. He has assisted in the founding of Central High School Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for African American History and in the preservation of the Drennen-Scott House. In December 2016, Mr. Worthen will retire at the close of Historic Arkansas Museum’s 75th anniversary. 19


Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby, Museum Leadership Award Recipient.

Museum Leadership Award Recipient Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby, Director of Education & Engagement, Columbia Museum of Art, is this year’s recipient of the SEMC Museum Leadership Award. Ms Kuhlkin-Hornsby has shaped the landscape of the Columbia Museum’s Education and Engagement department. She developed a music, literacy and visual art kindergarten readiness program; created a lasting partnership with Congaree National Park, resulting in a science and visual arts program now in its 7th year that has served over 5,000 SC students; developed and implemented the Autism and Art pilot program; and spearheaded the Family Friendly Initiative. Her dedication to accessibility and the community is evident in such programs as Sweet on CMA and Spooktacular Night at the CMA, which are free annual programs opening the world of art to all ages. She is also committed to the state of arts education and how it can enrich the lives of South Carolina students. This is seen through her involvement with such organizations as

Marti Funke, Emerging Museum Professionals Award Recipient.

South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education, South Caroline Arts Education Association, and the Arts in Basic Curriculum Steering Committee. ¶ As Director of Education & Engagement, Ms. Kuhlkin-Hornsby has offered countless training sessions to educators in the state to strengthen their visual literacy skills in the classroom. She is also a strong collaborator who has formed partnerships throughout Columbia and South Carolina, such as the SC State Library and the Congaree National Park, to galvanize the K12 school programs the CMA offers. Since 2012, she worked with the South Carolina State Library, Richland County Library, and the City of Columbia, which resulted in a visual art, social studies and literacy infused program that reaches over 4,500 3rd grade students. It is truly a testament to Ms. Kuhlkin-Hornsby’s leadership that the CMA is not only a pioneer in arts education within the museum field, but also in the K12 arena. Her dedication is seen embedded throughout the museum’s influence within the state of South Carolina. 20


Phillip R. Archer, Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Award Recipient.

Emerging Museum Professionals Award Recipient Marti Funke, Collections Manager/Exhibitions Coordinator, University of Mississippi Museum, is this year’s recipient of the Emerging Museum Professionals Award. Since 2011, Ms. Funke has been responsible for the University of Mississippi Museum’s artworks and artifact collection of over 20,000 objects and has served as the primary collections oversight professional responsible for roles as varied as registration, risk management insurance supervision, collections database administration, collections management policy implementation, shipping, packing supervision, loans (incoming/outgoing), Deed of Gift administration, and storage. Ms. Funke also coordinates the Museum exhibitions program and takes a leadership role in exhibition proposals review, communication with artists and lenders, and supervision of installation and deinstallation of all exhibitions. She contributes to creation and oversight of exhibition text, wall graphics,

Reb Haizlip, Distinguished Contributor Award Recipient.

layout/design, banners, and print collateral. ¶ Ms. Funke has become a highly valued member of the broader University of Mississippi community, and professional staff. Matters of art handling, hanging, and exhibition outside the Museum in campus buildings, University leadership offices, and the Chancellor’s residence are routinely entrusted to Ms. Funke due to her fulfillment of them to the highest standards, and the manner in which she discharges these duties with consistent professionalism of demeanor and a collaborative, collegial spirit.

Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Award Recipient Phillip R. Archer, Betsy Main Babcock Director of the Program and Interpretation at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, is the recipient of the Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Award. As director of program 21


Scholarship recipients.

and interpretation, he oversees the museum’s curatorial, program, and education departments and the estate archives. He represented Reynolda House during the design and construction of the Babcock Wing, completed in 2005, and co-directed two re-interpretation programs of the historic site in 2003-05 and 2016-18. Exhibitions curated by Archer include Wonder and Enlightenment: Artist-Naturalists in the Early American South; Partisans: Social Realism in American Art; and Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention, opening in February. Archer regularly lectures on behalf of the museum and serves as co-chair of the biennial Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes Conference.

Distinguished Contributor Award Recipient Reb Haizlip, AIA, Founder and Principal in Charge of Design, Haizlip Studio, is the recipient of the Distinguished Contributor Award. Convinced early on that the things we build powerfully affect the quality of life and success of communities, Mr. Haizlip has focused his and his firm’s work on creating places that open minds, connect people with ideas, and light up smiles. In the last twenty years, he has directed work on a fascinating variety of museum,

educational, entertainment, civic and non-profit projects in the Southeast, across the country and internationally. Many of these projects have been environments for children and families, for which he is a noted and gifted designer. Mr. Haizlip has emerged as nationally-recognized influencer of children’s museums and a leading voice for the role of design in fostering a child’s ability to imagine and find meaning in the world around them. ¶ In recent years, Mr. Haizlip has grown interested in the link between creative design and strategic planning and their roles in institutional sustainability. He has consulted worldwide helping organizations balance dynamic visitor-driven solutions with sound operational business planning, matching aspirations to audiences and programs to community need. With an exuberant presentation style, Mr. Haizlip is a frequent lecturer on the subject. Made possible largely through the efforts of a talented design and management team, it is this combination of Mr. Haizlip’s interests that has led Haizlip Studio to build a unique and successful design practice merging architectural, environmental and experiential design. ¶ A 1979 graduate of Tulane University School of Architecture, Mr. Haizlip is actively involved in non-profit community development, is hopelessly drawn to the North Carolina outdoors, an avid cyclist, gardener, and devoted to his wife and business partner, Mary. 22


SEMC 2016 Annual Meeting Scholarship Recipients AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Tamara Holmes Brothers, Graduate Consultant, Education Program Facilitator, Hampton University Museum and Archives, Hampton, VA EMERGING MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Halie Brazier, Executive Director, Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Camden, SC Michelle Lopez, Registrar/Collections Manager, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA Barbara McClendon, Exhibit Specialist, Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Jackson, MS Megan Valentine, Curator & Registrar, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Amelia Gallo, Educator, Thomas County Historical Society & Lapham-Patterson House, Thomasville, GA SEASONED MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Deborah Van Horn, Registrar, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY

SMALL MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL Heather Nowak, Executive Director, Man in the Sea Museum, Panama City Beach, FL STUDENT Elizabeth Bouton, Master of Arts student, Museum Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Noel Harris, Doctoral student, Public History, Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN Cornelia Stokes, Undergraduate, Art History/ Curatorial Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA SEMC PRESIDENT’S TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Jayd Buteaux, Assistant Site Manager, Historic Stagville, State Historic Site, Raleigh, NC SERA-SEMC ANNUAL MEETING TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS (Sponsored by Deitl International) Entry-Level Professional Megan Cook, Registrar, Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History, Jackson, MS Crystal Williams, Collections volunteer and store assistant, High Point Museum, High Point, NC 23


Exhibition winners.

SEMC 2016 Exhibition Competition OVER $1,000,000 Excellence in Exhibitions GOLD – Permanent Exhibit, Birthplace of Country Music Museum OVER $100,000 Excellence in Exhibitions GOLD – NUEVOlution: Latinos and the New South, Levine Museum of the New South SILVER – El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Vida y Arte, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia

BRONZE – Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975, Frist Center for the Visual Arts Honorable Mention – The House That Modernism Built, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art OVER $25,000 Excellence in Exhibitions GOLD – Forget Me Not, Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University SILVER – A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste and Context, New Orleans Museum of Art

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BRONZE – Georgia’s Girlhood Embroidery: “Crowned with Glory and Immortality,” Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia UNDER $25,000 Excellence in Exhibitions GOLD – Mickalene Thomas at Giverny, Telfair Museums SILVER – How the West was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina, Rural Heritage Museum, Mars Hill University BRONZE - Made Especially For You by Willie Kay, North Carolina Museum of History

Honorable Mention – The Arkansas Ozarks 1860–1920, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History UNDER $10,000 Excellence in Exhibitions GOLD – Reflections in Black and White, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science SILVER – Capturing Women’s History, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville BRONZE – Of Land and Spirit: Cherokee Art Today, The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts Honorable Mention – Designing an Executive Mansion, Atlanta History Center

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Publication winners.

SEMC 2016 Publication Design Competition BROCHURES AND RACK CARDS GOLD – Mint Museum, Full Spectrum SILVER – Gibbes Museum of Art, Summer Camp and Family Guide Honorable Mention – MOCA Jacksonville, membership brochure ANNUAL REPORT GOLD – Cummer Museum of Art SILVER – Florida Museum of Natural History

CATALOGUES GOLD – The Wolfsonian, Philodendron SILVER – Mint Museum, British Ceramics Honorable Mention – Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Phantom Bodies GALLERY GUIDES GOLD – Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Life’s Little Dramas SILVER – Crystal Bridges, American Made Honorable Mention – Frist Center for the Arts, Treasures from the House of Alba

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INVITATIONS GOLD – Crystal Bridges, American Made SILVER – Gibbes Museum of Art, Street Party Honorable Mention – Florida Museum of Natural History, Caribbean Nights POSTERS GOLD – Gibbes Museum of Art, Porgy & Bess SILVER – Reynolda House, Ansel Adams

Honorable Mention – MOCA Jacksonville, Rebranding Campaign NEWSLETTER & CALENDAR OF EVENTS GOLD – Georgia Museum of Art, Facet SILVER – Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Jule Honorable Mention – THNOC, The Historic New Orleans Collection Quarterly

CAMPAIGN GOLD – Mississippi Museum of Art, When Modern was Contemporary SILVER – Crystal Bridges, Open Road 27


Technology winners.

SEMC 2016 Technology Competition APPLICATIONS GOLD – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Ideum, Landscapes Carry Meaning and Look-Out Points SILVER – Stratford Hall, (re)Discover Stratford

SILVER – MOCA Jacksonville, MOCA Jacksonville Videos BRONZE – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House Tour Honorable Mention – Greensboro Historical Museum, Weaving Wonder with Historical Threads

MEDIA PRODUCTION GOLD – Kentucky Derby Museum, Donna Lawrence Productions, and C.E.D., The Greatest Race

GALLERY INSTALLATIONS GOLD – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Ideum, Frank Lloyd Wright House Digital Experience

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SILVER – : Levine Museum of the New South, Brad Larson Media, Darcie Fohrman, Morris Design, Melloweb Productions, and AC&M, NUEVOlution Latinos and the New South BRONZE – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Culture Connect, The Open Road Travel Photo Honorable Mention – New Orleans Museum of Art , The Essence of Things Design DIGITAL MARKETING GOLD – The North Carolina Arboretum and Cuberis, website redesign

SILVER – MOCA Jacksonville, website BRONZE – Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, Out of the Box Honorable Mention – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Open Road Spotify Playlist and Road Song CAMPAIGN GOLD – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Frank Lloyd Wright House Digital Campaign SILVER – Levine Museum of the New South, UNC Charlotte, and Olympic High School, NUEVOlution Latinos and the New South Campaign

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SEMC 2016 CHARLOTTE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE This year we awarded scholarships to 14 deserving museum professionals so they could attend SEMC 2016 in Charlotte. Some of them shared with us their experience at SEMC 2016 and the positive impact of the conference.

Jayd Buteaux My experience at SEMC surpassed my expectations. When I began contemplating attending the conference, a few past attendees told me of their experience attending the

annual conference. I was convinced. While I had a few thoughts as to what to expect, I was not even the slightest bit prepared for the full SEMC experience. The conferences I’ve attended most recently have all been small, state and local meetings. SEMC was a whirlwind. I valued the opportunity to meet and network with people not only in the state in which I am employed, but throughout the entire region. I made connections that will be valuable as I move forward in my career. I walked out of sessions with new ideas for programs to implement and ways to

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tweak current ones at my historic site. I felt reinvigorated. I completely enjoyed my time at SEMC and am currently making plans for New Orleans.

Barbara McClendon The SEMC annual meeting was a phenomenal experience and much more intensive than I anticipated. I don’t believe I have ever “conferenced” so hard in my life! There were nonstop activities from 7 A.M. to 10 or 11 at night. Making numerous connections, celebrating and analyzing successes, learning from (and laughing about) failures, and exploring new innovations in the field all contributed to make the SEMC meeting a wonderfully worthwhile event. I returned to my exhibits position in Mississippi with renewed vigor and new ideas on lighting methods, engaging adults, and prioritizing diversity, just to name a few. My experience has already allowed me to contribute more helpfully to the planning of the 2018 SEMC Annual Meeting here in Jackson, and I have become a better resource for my department as we move forward with that organization. Overall, I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to attend the meeting through the travel scholarship.

Elizabeth Bouton It was such an honor to receive the SEMC Travel Scholarship, and I would not exchange my experience at this

conference for any other. Though I would have attended to present my session on 3D Printing in Museums with two cohorts, I would not have been able to stay for the entirety of the conference due to financial constraints. In receipt of the scholarship, I was able to attend the entire conference and gained so many valuable experiences and contacts. What a wonderful environment to converse with individuals with a common interest! This has been my first conference, but I am already saving the date for SEMC 2017. Attending SEMC in Charlotte has evoked a drive to attend all the conferences I can, regionally and nationally. The evening events were so much fun, both in visiting the local museums as well as an opportunity to network in a casual setting. Moving forward, I will make it a point to attend future conferences, as this experience has been extremely fruitful for my development as an emerging museum professional. Thank you to Kathleen Hutton, Susan Perry, the scholarship selection committee, and all those who made SEMC 2016 a wonderful conference!

Hallie N. Brazier I am very grateful to have received a travel scholarship to SEMC, because without it my small and cash-strapped museum would not have been able to send me. I have been out of the museum field (in libraries and non-profits) for a number of years, so attending this conference was very important for me to learn what has changed in the field and also to re-learn best practices I picked up in the

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MY EXPERIENCE WITH HURRICANE MATTHEW Preparing for and Recovering from a Disaster I was really looking forward to attending the 2016 SEMC Annual Conference in Charlotte. Unfortunately, Hurricane Matthew abruptly changed my plans about 48 hours before the conference began. I’m in charge of programs and exhibits at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head, and the hurricane was headed straight up the coast towards us. Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina coastal counties were quickly called upon to evacuate. Museums, historical societies, archives, and historic sites in Matthew’s path had to quickly implement their emergency plans — that is IF they had one. For smaller organizations, or even for larger ones, creating disaster plans for events such as this are put on the back burner all too often. There’s always something that is more urgent to accomplish with their limited staff. Hopefully after our experiences with the 2015 floods and Hurricane Matthew, organizations that

haven’t made it a priority will move their emergency planning to the top of the “to do” list. For the Coastal Discovery Museum (CDM) on Hilton Head Island, our preparation for, reaction to, and recovery from this natural disaster have been a learning experience. Looking back now, two months later, I wanted to share a few of the CDM’s experiences with the hope that it helps others in planning and recovery efforts. Preparation — Hilton Head Islanders were always notorious for saying “Hurricanes never hit here; they always drift out to the Gulfstream and head north.” Even though we had a history of storms hitting here, newcomers had not experienced the threat of Hugo or the evacuation nightmare for Floyd. It just doesn’t happen here. Thankfully, most residents heeded the call to evacuate and prepared 42


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with our various audiences. Off-site programs, Facebook posts, emails to members, booths at festivals and markets, happy hours with volunteers, have all helped us remain in the minds of our visitors and friends. Recovery after the storm will involve more than physical and financial resources for the CDM. We will need to recover our visitation, volunteers, and visibility as well. We were finally able to open for business on December 12, 2016. Thank you to our town government for creating a new entrance to the property. I’m looking forward to attending the 2017 SEMC conference in New Orleans — hopefully, without the threat of a hurricane on the way! Natalie Hefter, Vice President of Programs/Exhibits, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, South Carolina

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I helped jumpstart this initiative when I took an exhibit proposal to museum administration. José Galvez’s documentary photography featured everyday Latino Tar Heels and conveyed the new reality of what it meant to be a North Carolinian. It seemed a perfect fit for my institution. While the idea received an enthusiastic response, state budget cuts had recently obliterated funding for new exhibits. I soon found myself cultivating a new skill: grant writing.

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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 sperry@semcdirect.net. George Bassi Jamie Credle Matthew S. Davis Brian Hicks Kathleen Hutton Jennifer Lamb Elise V. LeCompte Deborah Lynn Mack Darcie MacMahon Nathan Moehlmann Heather Nowak Catherine McCrory Pears Susan Perry Keith Post Robin Edward Reed Graig D. Shaak James G. Shepp Deitrah J. Taylor Karen Utz Zinnia Willits Glenn Willumson

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 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 51


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. The year 2017 marks JIMI’s 17th anniversary, and SEMC has brought the fund’s total to $22,409. Laura Anderson Brian Hicks Martha Battle Jackson Elise V. LeCompte

OTHER SEMC CONTRIBUTIONS These funds contribute to the annual meeting or to the general operating funds for SEMC: Sarah Aubrey (JIMI) Timothy A. Barber (JIMI) Amy Marie Martina Beisel (JIMI) Mary B. Bell (JIMI)

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New or Renewal Memberships Received SEMC thanks those who have renewed or joined our organization for the first time between September 15 and December 31, 2016. Without your support and participation we could not provide region wide services such as our Mentor, Awards, and Scholarship programs, as well as our outstanding Annual Meetings and nationally acclaimed Jekyll Island Management Institute. If you are an individual member and your museum is not an institutional member,

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acquisitions NORTH CAROLINA The Asheville Art Museum recently added several unique and diverse works to its permanent collection as a result of gifts made by the museum’s Collectors’ Circle, a membership group that encourages the exchange of ideas and interests, art learning, connoisseurship, and collecting. As a vibrant and critical source of support, the Circle members are dedicated to growing the museum’s permanent collection through annual gifts of artwork, selected and presented in partnership with the curatorial staff. Since the group’s beginning in 2004, the Circle has added more than 100 works of art to the museum’s permanent collection through annual purchases from an acquisition fund created by yearly dues.  “This was a very exciting year for Collectors’ Circle

acquisitions,” said Associate Curator Carolyn Grosch. “With the help and generosity of the Circle, we were able to acquire a wide range of new works for the permanent collection, including selections that will strengthen our Black Mountain College Collection, our collection of Cherokee artwork, and our holdings in American Regionalism, early 20th-century Arts & Crafts, and contemporary photography. As we look forward to the reinterpretation and reinstallation of our permanent collection galleries in 2018, these works will help us to tell the story, not only of American art in the 20th and 21st centuries, but also of art in the Southeast region. We look forward to sharing these new additions with the Asheville community and our visitors from around the world.”  The museum added the following works to its permanent collection in 2016 through its Collectors’ Circle:

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Mickalene Thomas, Interior: Zebra with Two Chairs and Funky Fur, 2014. right: Shan Goshorn, basket.

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provided by 2016 Collectors’ Circle members Nat and Anne Burkhardt. • Thomas Hart Benton, The Woodpile, nd, Lithograph, edition of 250, 12 × 15.875 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by an anonymous donor. • Esteban Vicente, Peace (from the Peace Portfolio), 1970, Color Lithograph, 26 × 21 inches Edition 45/175.

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congratulations NEH GRANT RECIPIENTS Congratulations to the Southeastern institutions that were recently awarded National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants. In December, 2016, the NEH announced funding for 290 projects in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. $16.3 million in grants will support a variety of humanities-based research and programs. The grants announced include the inaugural round of Humanities Access grants, which were awarded through NEH’s Office of Challenge Grants to 34 organizations that provide cultural programming to underserved groups. “The humanities help us study our past, understand our present, and prepare for our future,” said NEH Chairman

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FLORIDA The Tallahassee Museum has received a $13,000 grant from Volunteer Florida’s Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF). The VGF is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by Volunteer Florida. The Museum is one of 22 organizations across the state to receive an award.

In addition, the museum’s exhibition “El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Vida y Arte” received the Southeastern College Art Conference’s (SECAC) 2016 Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials, presented October 20 during the organization’s annual meeting. This award is designed to recognize an exhibition of historical materials, which by its design, installation and/ or catalogue is considered exemplary.

The 2016-17 funding will expand the STEM programming delivered by the Tallahassee Museum by going beyond the grounds of the Museum. This two-pronged approach is designed to deliver STEM programming in the school setting, as well as in a non-traditional setting. The name of the two programs are Saturday Science Fair and STEM on Wheels. Saturday Science Fair will offer a hands-on approach to the scientific method. STEM on Wheels will deliver project-based STEM programming to Title 1 schools in Leon County through the use of skills-based volunteers.

The Atlanta History Center has received the Member of the Year Award from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB). This award “salutes an ACVB member company which projects an outstanding image of Atlanta; continually promotes and supports Atlanta’s hospitality efforts and programs; and upholds high professional standards and behaviors toward customers, suppliers, employees and the communities in which they do business.” This mark of recognition by the convention and tourism industry is one our organization has been working towards for many years.

“This program will engage students in exciting projectbased STEM activities that address real world problems, such as clean water and shrinking biodiversity,” said Natasha Hartsfield, Director of Education of the Tallahassee Museum. “Through creatively working together, students will use critical thinking skills to solve problems. This will result in a better understanding of the scientific method, and hopefully spark an interest in STEM through collaborating to find solutions to everyday concerns that impact us all.”

The award, $24,996, will fund in part the staff and supplies to digitize and make public a portion of the Museum’s FitzSymms Photography Studio Collection of 800,000 negatives. This is one of the museum’s most highly requested collections for image reproduction and research. Photo negatives in the collection capture a range of historical and anthropological data from the 1940s through 1990s, and illustrate the culture, economy, and race relations of a changing southern city. Staff will scan, rehouse, and upload metadata for 12,000 negatives, which will ultimately be available to the public through multiple platforms with the assistance of the South Carolina Digital Library, the Digital Library of Georgia, the Center for the Study of Georgia History, and the Digital Public Library of America.

GEORGIA The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia’s museum’s quarterly newsletter, Facet, garnered a second-place award in the American Alliance of Museums’ annual publication design competition, the only national juried competition of its kind. Judges including graphic designers, museum professionals, and/or publishers choose winners for their overall design excellence, creativity and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission or special features. Facet is designed by The Adsmith, a firm in Athens, Georgia, run by graduates of the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Facet has won a total of seven regional and national design awards since 2012.

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NORTH CAROLINA The Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to expand pre-kindergarten programs and develop evening programs for underserved children and their families. The PNC Foundation provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its bilingual program in early childhood education. Activities will be designed to encourage families to work together, spark curiosity and build enthusiasm for learning while introducing topics related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Museum Director Sheryl Mays said, “Thanks to PNC Foundation’s generosity, these expanded programs, Little Explorers, and PNC Family Nights, will help us better serve county residents, especially those living in our surrounding neighborhoods. We will be able to provide, at no cost, opportunities for family

engagement with direct services for children in our adjacent communities.” More underserved children in Asheville, Buncombe County, and three rural counties in Western North Carolina will have access to arts education and activities through a $25,000 grant to the Asheville Art Museum to build partnerships with local schools and parks-andrecreation centers. The funds, from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in Durham, will help the museum provide nearly 10,000 hours of visual-arts programming to 950 students in kindergarten through fifth grade in McDowell, Henderson, and Madison counties. During the course of a year, the museum will offer to 1,200 preschool children and their caregivers in Asheville and Buncombe County a weekly program it has piloted on a monthly basis since 2012. 67


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exhibitions Unidentified maker. (Russia, Novgorod province, Balakhinsk district.) Distaff, ca. 1870. Three pieces of carved wood (blade/ shaft, base/lower socket, and upper socket) with painted decoration and paper appliqué, 225⁄16 × 125⁄16 × 30⅜ inches. Collection of Michael T. Ricker.

unspun wool or fiber during the spinning process. They could be used with or without a spinning wheel to create thread or yarn for weaving cloth. Because spinning was traditionally women’s work, the word “distaff” came to mean “female.” Distaffs were more than tools. In some ways, they were the equivalent of an engagement ring today: a gift from a young man to his hoped-for spouse. A more expensive and elaborately decorated distaff expressed wealth and status. Individuals made some distaffs, but a workshopbased industry also sprang up in response to demand. The giver and the maker were not necessarily the same person. The time and money spent on these objects also show the important place of cloth in a pre-industrial era.

GEORGIA The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present the exhibition To Spin a Yarn: Distaffs, Folk Art and Material Culture from January 21 through April 16, 2017. Organized by the Stephen F. Austin State University Galleries, this exhibition consists of about 40 decorated wooden distaffs, or spinning implements, from the collection of Michael T. Ricker. Originally simple sticks, they evolved into highly decorated objects with intense cultural significance, more important for their meanings than for their function. Dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, the distaffs come from regions across Europe (in Russia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, Albania, Greece, Serbia and Bosnia), each of which has its own style. Distaffs hold

Advanced and Irascible: Abstract Expressionism from the Collection of Jeanne and Carroll Berry will be on view at the Georgia Museum of Art through April 30. This exhibition showcases Jeanne and Carroll Berry’s efforts to gather one work by each of the so-called “Irascible” painters of abstract expressionism. The Irascibles earned their nickname after sending a signed, open letter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to protest the lack of what they called “advanced” art in its exhibition of contemporary artists in 1950. A photograph of them that appeared in Life magazine in 1951 became the defining image of the abstract expressionists for the remainder of the 20th century. This exhibition features works by, among others, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Willem de Kooning, Hedda Sterne and Ad Reinhardt. Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903–1974), #30, 1970. Acrylic on paper, 23¾ × 18¾ inches. Collection of Jeanne and Carroll Berry. © Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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Also on view through March 19 at the Georgia Museum of Art is Artists of the New York School, an exhibition that features works from the collection of Georgia Museum of Art and several private collections. Containing paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, the show highlights artistic trends of the “New York School,” or artists who were active in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s.

Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922–1993), Seated Nude [#30], 1963. Pen and ink on paper, 17 × 129⁄16 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; University purchase, 1971. GMOA 1971.2684 © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

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GE’s Michael Short helps build the Cape Fear Museum’s new Space Place. right: At age 10, “First Kid” Merle Umstead, daughter of William B. Umstead, wore this yellow dress to her father’s Inaugural Ball in 1953. On exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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Space Station experience is also a stepping stone for further space exploration and the sustainability of human life in space for longer periods.

With the help of a $19,134 GE Foundation grant and more than 250 volunteer hours from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and GE Aviation employees, New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum opened a new space-themed learning center in November, 2016. Designed and fabricated in-house with help from GE employees, Space Place is an interactive experience inspired by and modeled after the International Space Station — a spacecraft that orbits Earth where astronauts from around the world live and work.

The North Carolina Museum of History’s new exhibit Discover Your Governors will introduce children (and other museum visitors) to the office of North Carolina’s top elected official, past and present. Kid-friendly graphics, hands-on interactives, artifacts and photographs will help young people learn about the role of governor and explore more than 200 years of gubernatorial history.

Hands-on STEM interactives in Space Place include a robotic arm, microscopic experiments and a glove box challenge. Visual elements offer real-time information about the International Space Station’s location and daily operations. Visitors will also discover how astronauts sleep in space, examine the water cycle aboard the space station and engage in several rotating activities appropriate for all ages from preschoolers to adults. These experiences allude to the actual space station as a laboratory for new technologies and an observation platform for astronomical, environmental and geological research that has widespread applications on Earth. The International

Discover Your Governors showcases intriguing artifacts ranging from personal items and inaugural gowns to political campaign materials. For example, see the inkwell that Gov. Zebulon Vance used in the State Capitol during the Civil War or the swearing-in Bible that Gov. James G. Martin used in 1989. Among several First Ladies’ inaugural gowns is the yellow dress that “First Kid” Merle Umstead, daughter of William B. Umstead, wore at age 10 to her father’s Inaugural Ball in 1953. Also on view, small pieces of Apollo 11 moon rocks are encased on a plaque presented to Gov. Bob Scott by Pres. Richard Nixon in 1969 to commemorate NASA’s first manned mission on 74


2016, to January 15, 2017. Organized by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and featuring 35 works by celebrated modern artists including Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso, Realm of the Spirit revisited the Guggenheim’s fascinating — and largely unknown — history with the Lowcountry. “We are honored to share much of the art featured in the original exhibitions with visitors to the Gibbes today in Realm of the Spirit. Through both figurative and abstract works, this selection from the Guggenheim collection emphasizes the timeless founding vision of the museum and the belief that non-objective art conveys the spiritual joy of creation,” said Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

On exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History. For his 1961 Inaugural Ball, Gov. Terry Sanford wore this tuxedo and his wife, Margaret Sanford, selected this pink dress. The tuxedo, a recent donation to the N.C. Museum of History, is now reunited with the gown, which has been in the museum collection since Mrs. Sanford donated it in 1973.

the moon. Discover Your Governors will run through Aug. 6, 2017, and admission is free. Exhibit information also will be available in Spanish.

SOUTH CAROLINA Guggenheim Museum Exhibition of Modern Art Returns to Charleston, SC, after 80 years. Charleston is home to many firsts, but it’s a little-known fact that the historic city was home to the first formal exhibition of Solomon R. Guggenheim’s modern art collection. The exhibition was presented at the Gibbes Museum of Art, the South’s oldest art museum building, in 1936 and again in 1938, 21 years before Guggenheim’s collection found a permanent home in today’s renowned museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This fall, 80 years later, the Gibbes presented a special exhibition titled Realm of the Spirit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection and the Gibbes Museum of Art from October 22,

After purchasing a home along the Charleston Battery and a property in nearby Yemassee in the 1920s, Solomon and Irene Guggenheim quickly became prominent figures in the Charleston community. Before becoming the first director of the Guggenheim Museum, art advisor Hilla Rebay curated the 1936 and 1938 exhibitions, bringing international attention to Charleston and record attendance levels for the Gibbes Museum of Art. Preserving the character of the exhibitions, Realm of the Spirit occupied the exact building of the original showing and adopts their specified arrangement by dividing the works into “nonobjective paintings” — abstract art that had no ties to the visible world — and “paintings with an object.” “With Realm of the Spirit, the Guggenheim and the Gibbes revisit the important intersection of our institutional histories,” said Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. “This exhibit is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and offers visitors an authentic viewing experience that wouldn’t be possible without the major restoration work that has taken place at the Gibbes.” The Gibbes recently reopened to the public after a twoyear, $14 million renovation to restore the 111-year-old building to its original 1905 layout and programming. In addition to the 35 paintings and works on paper from the Guggenheim founding collection, the exhibition will feature archival materials and historic photographs that document the significant history of the Gibbes-Guggenheim connection, as well as a fully illustrated exhibition catalog. overleaf: Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection as installed at the Gibbes Museum of Art in 1936 75


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Reynolda House Museum of American Art has named Katie Womack assistant director of collections management. Womack comes to Reynolda House from the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia where she was exhibitions and installations manager. Womack brings an extensive background in collections management to the museum. Prior to working at the Fralin Museum of Art,

she was collections manager at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas where she helped oversee a federally funded grant project to catalog the museum’s collections. Womack also worked at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas as collections manager. Her new position at Reynolda House is a homecoming; from 2005 to 2010 Womack was assistant collections manager at Reynolda House. As assistant director of collections management, Womack will be responsible for managing the museum’s changing exhibitions, general care and stewardship of the museum’s decorative arts and American art collections, and overseeing requests for loans from the museum’s American art collection. Originally from Texas, she holds a bachelor’s degree in ceramics from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in museum studies from Syracuse University.

IN MEMORIAM The University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art’s founding director, Budd Harris Bishop, passed away Sunday, October 23, in Livingston, Tennessee. He is survived by

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his wife of 48 years, Julia Crowder Bishop. Having built a highly successful career and a national reputation as an outstanding museum director, first at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Bishop was recruited to the University of Florida in 1987 and given the mission to establish an art museum for the university. In 1990 he presided over the opening of the University’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and continued its direction through December 1998. During his tenure, he recruited a staff of outstanding museum professionals, established a collection of fine works of art representing diverse cultures and historical periods, developed exemplary exhibitions and educational programs, and won the support of many generous donors and friends for the young museum. Mr. Bishop led the museum to achieve accreditation from the American Association of Museums (now the American Alliance of Museums) in 1997 and represented the museum in the Association of Art Museum Directors, in which he played a prominent role. When Mr. Bishop retired in 1998, he became an exemplary director emeritus, always available to give sage advice and provide assistance whenever requested to do so by subsequent directors. He continued to be a generous supporter and ardent cheerleader for the Harn. An artist by training, Mr. Bishop finally had time to return to painting and was rewarded with a number of successful exhibitions of his work. From their home in Livingston, Tennessee, he and Julia Bishop have

been active in the artistic life of their community and state while remaining engaged with the larger art world. Lisa Marie Chastain, aged 30 years, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away Friday, November 18, 2016, at her home. Lisa was born on September 26, 1986, in Marietta, Georgia, a daughter of Diane Mary Mrus. Lisa grew up in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and graduated from Bluffton High School in Bluffton, South Carolina, and later graduated with a B.A. in anthropology and sociology from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. While in college she studied a semester in Florence, Italy, and loved learning about their culture and art. A resident of Jefferson City for the past two years, Lisa was employed with the Missouri State Museum in the Capitol and enjoyed sharing her passion of history with others. She actively sought partnerships within the community in an effort to increase local visibility and helped develop a new system for the traveling exhibition component of the museum. Lisa had previously been employed as a curator with McMimm County Living Heritage Museum in Athens, Tennessee, and later with the Museum at 5ive Points in Cleveland, Tennessee. She was recently elected to the board of the Missouri Association of Museum and Archives. She served on the board of the Jefferson City Downtown Association and Missouri State Park Employee Association. She was a graduate of SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute.

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Frank Watson — a beloved force of good cheer — makes the rounds at SEMC 2013.

An exhibitor for many years at SEMC, and numerous state museum annual meetings, and a man adored by his museum colleagues for his sincere warmth, good humor, kindness, and generosity, Frank Eugene Watson III died on December 22, 2016, after a battle with leukemia. As noted in the Charlotte Observer, Frank was born in California in 1946 to Frank and Jeanne Watson, Jr. At an early age he moved to Macon, GA. and lived there until his father moved the family to Charlotte, NC. In 1955 Frank’s father founded Charlotte Van and Storage Co., Inc. Frank was President of the family business from 1981 until 2011. At his death he was co-owner of Charlotte Van and Storage with his wife. His son, Frank Watson IV, now runs the family business. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda Rhodes Watson, his son Frank Watson IV (Kristen), and his daughter Linda Patricia Watson Brischetto (Michael). Frank graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and Pfeiffer College. He was named Pfeiffer College Alumni

of the Year in 1981. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War (Navy), President of the NC Movers Association, President of the Carolinas Carrousel Parade, President of the Executive Association of Charlotte, President of the Dilworth Rotary Club, President of the Downtown Rotary Club, member of Lancaster Rotary, member of Rotary International, a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foreign Exchange Service, a Salvation Army Volunteer, Board Member of Discovery Place, Board Member of Presbyterian Hospital, Board Member of Mission Air, MS Bike-a-Thon, Myers Park Methodist Disaster Relief, volunteer at Lancaster SC Second Baptist Sportsman Banquet, Board Member of Presbyterian Hospital. A celebration of his life was held at Myers Park United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Donations may be sent to Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28207, or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4530 Park Rd, Suite 240, Charlotte, NC, 28209.

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what’s happening Send information for What’s Happening to Susan Perry at sperry@semcdirect.net.

NATIONAL MEETINGS

STATE MEETINGS

Museums Advocacy Day, February 27-28, 2017, Washington, DC. Now in its ninth year, Museums Advocacy Day is the cornerstone of the museum field’s year-round advocacy efforts. During Museums Advocacy Day museum professionals in Washington and around the country join together to send a unified message to Congress about the value of museums and how federal policy affects their ability to serve the public. Alliance members register for free! Learn more about Museums Advocacy Day, including this year’s hotel information, at aam-us.org.

Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries January 18–20, 2017, Augusta, GA

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Conference will be held July 3 – August 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C. For more information visit blackmuseums.org.

Tennessee Association of Museums March 15–17, 2017, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) annual meeting will take place in Austin, Texas. The conference will run September 6–9, 2017. For more information visit aaslh.org. The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) will hold it’s annual conference in St. Louis, MO, May 7–10, 2017. For more information visit aam-us.org. The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) will hold its annual conference June 22–25, 2017, in Eugene, OR. For more information visit aamg-us.org.

Alabama Association of Museums March 5–7, 2017, Cullman, AL Virginia Association of Museums March 18–21, 2017, Roanoke, VA South Carolina Federation of Museums March 8–10, 2017, Walterboro, SC

West Virginia Association of Museums/ALHFAM March 31 – April 2, 2017, Pipestem, WV North Carolina Museums Council March 26–27, 2017, Wilmington, NC Mississippi Museums Association March 5–7, 2017, Natchez, MS Arkansas Association of Museums March 28–30, 2017, Washington AR Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance June 11–13, 2017, Frankfort, KY Florida Association of Museums September 17–20, 2017, Naples, FL Louisiana Association of Museums September 11, 2017, New Orleans, LA Museums Association of the Caribbean October 22–25, 2017, Miami, FL

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NEW ORLEANS, LA 2017 SEMC SEPTEMBER 11-13

Inside SEMC Winter 2017  

The Newsletter of the Southeastern Museums Conference

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