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Arts Administration Alumni: Life After Graduate School

Published April 7, 2017

Since its inception in 1984, the Arts Administration program has graduated over 120 alumni from a variety of arts backgrounds. With a 100% job placement rate, students have graduated from the program and gone on to work in administrative and leadership roles in a variety of arts fields, including the visual arts, theater, ballet, orchestra, opera, and other performing arts. The most recent Arts Administration graduates hold positions in development, marketing, and art education, among others. Learn more about the diverse career paths of the Arts Administration program alumni and how they contribute to the arts and cultural ecology in the U.S. and abroad by reading below.

 

 

Marit Evans (Class of 2016)

Evans currently works as a Development Associate at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Evans has experienced all aspects of development on the job and has been able to meet some of today’s most noteworthy contemporary artists and critics such as Carrie Mae Weems, Titus Kaphar, and Jerry Saltz.

 

 

I am constantly using what I learned from the Arts Administration program and applying it to my day to day tasks and over-arching goals.

– Marit Evans

 

 

Caitlin Bishop (Class of 2014)

Bishop is currently working as the Director of Marketing at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. As the Marketing Director for one of the 20 longest-established, continuously operating orchestral associations in the U.S., Bishop’s efforts serve a market of more than 450,000 in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities region with subscribers from more than 70 cities and towns.

 

 

 

 

Savannah Stanbery (Class of 2014)

In 2016, Stanbery celebrated her two-year anniversary at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC. She works as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Advancement Officer/Development Associate. She also recently agreed to serve as Chair of the Art Committee at UNCSA. They have recently adopted an art policy for the university and have developed a two-floor gallery space in the new library thanks to a gift from a foundation. Additionally, they have received a collection of significant 20th century modern art including works from artists such as Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Twombly. The works have been placed throughout the new library on campus for all to enjoy.

 

 

 

Zoe Ai (Class of 2013)

Recently finished her Master’s course with Christie’s Education London on the Arts of China.

 

 

 

 

Anissa Ford (Class of 2013)

Works as the Education Director at the Gadsden Arts Center where she enjoys the flexibility of working in a small art organization. One of her accomplishments this year included receiving a major grant from the Florida Humanities Council from the proposal that she wrote for the upcoming Vernacular Art exhibition. In September 2016, Ford sat on a panel at the Florida Association of Museums Conference in Pensacola titled “Small Museum Accreditation,” which discussed Gadsden Arts’ recent accreditation experience and ways small museums can work towards AAM accreditation.

 

 

 

Brittany Javins (Class of 2013)

Since November 2015, Javins has worked as the Director of FestivALL in Charleston, West Virginia. FestivALL partners with over 60 arts and community organizations and hundreds of local, regional, national, and international artists to present performances and exhibitions from music, theatre, dance, visual art, and humanities.

 

 

 

Muyi Liu (Class of 2013)

After graduating with her MA degree in Arts Administration, Liu became the Volunteer Coordinator of the Guan Shanyue Art Museum in Shenzen, China. In December 2016, she became the museum’s Executive Coordinator. In addition, she’s worked as a Curator’s Assistant at the Guan Shanyue Art Museum, the National Art Museum of China, and Memorial Hall of Lingnan School of Painting in Guangzhou, China.

 

 

 

Melissa Lynn Lee (Class of 2012)

Lee is the Stewardship Communications Coordinator for University of Georgia’s central foundation office, and also sits on the mayoral appointed board for the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. The commission manages SPLOST funds to usher new public art to the city and supports current arts organizations. In her free time, Lee paints and has exhibited at local establishments and fundraising events.

 

Check out her artwork at: www.tenthmusestudio.com

 

 

 

Margaret Zwilling (Class of 2012)

Currently works in New York City as the Registrar for Metro Pictures Gallery. She handles all of the gallery’s inventory, loan agreements, consignment agreements, insurance, and work with artists on production of their artwork. Part of her job also involves overseeing all loans with not-for-profit institutions both in the U.S. and globally, working closely with artists to understand their process.

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Douglass (Class of 2012)

Recently started a new position as Stewardship and Communications Officer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Previously, Douglass was at Brooklyn Botanic Garden for 4 years working in major gifts and the capital campaign. While at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she earned “Ten Star Member” status from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and received a Young Professionals Educational Fund Scholarship from the AFP-NYC chapter to further her professional development.

Although her current position is in donor relations/development and not directly related to the arts, her supervisors were specifically looking for someone with the combination of a creative/artistic and nonprofit administration background. Therefore, her MA in Arts Administration gave her the perfect educational background for that – including fundraising coursework. She has also found that there are areas at Moffitt that include more artistic and holistic components, such as the arts in medicine program.

 

I feel this shows that an arts administration degree can be very flexible and provide you with a breadth of experience for a variety of career opportunities.

– Kathryn Douglass