On Friday, May 27, 2016, members of the FSU Department of Art Education traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the 2016 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting & Museum Expo and the FSU Friends & Alumni Reception, which were both hosted by the FSU Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions (MEX) program.
In a session at the AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo, Dr. Ann Rowson Love, Dr. Pat Villeneuve, and their former students Denise Drury Homewood and Nicole Neville Suarezwill gave a presentation on their paper titled “Another way: Embracing Diverse Expertise in Curation” from 2-3:15pm. The presentation detailed the four models for visitor-centered exhibitions and attendees were also able to participate in break-out groups to apply the research and curation models presented. Denise Drury Homewood, Director of Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum, and Nicole Neville Suarez, Curator of Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, NC, are alumnae of the FSU Department of Art Education Arts Administration program.
Dr. Villeneuve reported, “It was a thrill for me to present at American Alliance of Museums (AAM) with Ann and two of our alums, Denise Drury Homewood and Nicole Suarez. They’re both doing so well! We were pleased to have at least 80 people in attendance, despite being scheduled opposite a keynote by Ralph Nader!”
Following their session, from 5-7pm members of the department attended the FSU Friends & Alumni Reception at Hillyer Art Space near the Phillips Collection. Wine and light appetizers were served throughout the event. Dr. Villeneuve stated, “The Hillyer Art Space was an incredible venue for the reception, and the staff was most accommodating.” In attendance were Denise Drury Homewood, recent graduate Dr. Sitthiporn Thongnopnua (Ta), current doctoral candidate Yi-wen Wei, and Sarah Wagoner from the Tallahassee Museum.
The AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo and FSU Friends & Alumni Reception were both a success.