One of the benefits of working at the Woodson Art Museum is being privy to the installation of temporary exhibitions such as Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection. As the unofficial “muscle” of the operation, most of my work during installation week revolves around moving artwork, exhibit cases, movable walls, and other large objects. However, as a person learning how to be a museum curator, I always have my eyes open to watch curators Andy McGivern and Jane Weinke place artwork and artifacts, move them around, and finally decide how to lay out an exhibition. I think it’s important to exercise the cerebrum as well as the biceps.
Although I have learned a lot over the past two years under Andy and Jane’s tutelage, I have a long way to go. So, if you happen to stop by the Museum during an installation week and you see me hanging from a ladder on the circular staircase, covered in fresh paint, or loading one of several large exhibit crates onto a Mayflower truck, just remember that school is also in session.