University of San Francisco proudly introduces 20 amazing new museum studies graduate students who began their studies this month:
Kathryn Booth is a Californian through and through. She was born in San Diego, raised in Orange County, and studied Art History and Italian at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). With a past rooted in community work stateside and also abroad while living in Africa for 6 months, Kathryn has developed a strong sense of public service. While completing her BA she worked for an artist co-op in Santa Monica and became fascinated with the art world as well as early childhood education. After graduating, Kathryn lived in Rome, Italy and worked as a public relations consultant for a small contemporary abstract surrealist gallery, Dorothy Circus, and as a freelance writer for the European luxury publication, OM Magazine. She realized that a larger public institution was a better fit for her interests in the power of place, successful storytelling, and early childhood museum education. She relocated to earn her MA in Museum Studies at University of San Francisco and hopes through her career as a museum professional to marry her love of art, history, and public service.
Miriam Blumenfeld is an advocate for accessibility to art and museums for all audiences. Born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and currently residing in the East Bay, Miriam is a true Bay Area native. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in History and a minor in Film Studies. Throughout her studies she has been influenced by art and motivated to pursue her own photography and art practice. Miriam has interned in the development department at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in MA and currently interns at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), where she is developing relationships with reciprocal museums and arts organizations as the museum goes through an exciting transition toward a new downtown Berkeley location. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Museum Studies at USF; she is excited to work with her fellow classmates to engage the USF and Bay Area community in museums and great artworks.
Kayla Bruemmer grew up in Columbia, Missouri, graduating from University of Missouri- Columbia with a BA in Art History/Archaeology and Classical Humanities. She is passionate about ancient Greek and Egyptian culture/history. A profoundly moving experience visiting the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia in Greece further cemented her love of ancient history and preservation. She recently held an archivist position with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office working on a digitization project of architectural surveys of historic Missouri properties. She has happily relocated to San Francisco to pursue her graduate studies toward her career in collections management or curatorial practices.
Victor Crosetti is from Tracy, California. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in Art History. His love for museums first came into being as a Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA). He established many professional connections in the field, had the privilege to attend the annual AAM and CAM conferences, and began to research the many different career paths one can take while working in a museum. The success of his summer at AMOCA led to a full time position; he was heavily involved in developing AMOCA’s membership and visitor experience programs for several years. Some of his special projects included coordinating AMOCA’s annual fundraising appeal, implementing strategies to grow the museum’s membership base, and creating new ways for the museum to analyze its visitor data. As a graduate student in Museum Studies at USF, Victor wants to learn how to find solutions to the challenges museums in today’s society face in adapting to the evolving needs of their visitors. Victor is honored to be a part of such a prestigious program and is looking forward to sharing his passion and appreciation of museums with the USF community and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area.
Shannon Crowner is a native of Maryland: born in Annapolis and raised in Shady Side. She attended Bowie State University and majored in history with a concentration in African American history. Faculty in the History and Government Department were impressed with Shannon’s passion and sharpened her research, writing, and presentation skills. By her junior year, Shannon was presenting at Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences. During her senior year, Shannon was awarded Department of History and Government Scholar for “exceptional academic achievement.” Under the direction of her mentor, Dr. Karen Cook-Bell, an excerpt of Shannon’s undergraduate thesis, entitled “The Freedmen’s Bureau: A Short Lived But Effective Government Program of Social Welfare,” was published. Shannon completed an internship in the Archives/Special Collections Room at Bowie State University’s Thurgood Marshall Library. She was a part of the “HBCU Photograph Preservation Project.” The university archivist, Katherine Hayes, gave Shannon hands-on experience rehousing and creating an inventory for photographs, blueprints, diplomas, and other memorabilia of this historically black college. This internship was the foundation for Shannon’s interest in museum studies. As the first member of her extended family to graduate from college, Shannon hopes to use her passion for history and experience in education to emphasize the importance of African Americans in American History.
Hillary Dawn grew up in Portland OR and attended Arts and Communication Magnet Academy where she studied drawing, mixed media, ceramics and 4 years of photography, eventually earning an AA from Portland Community College where she studied history and ceramics. In 2008 she participated in an academic study abroad program with Semester at Sea, sailing to ten counties and thirteen ports and circumnavigating the globe in 181 days. SAS gave her an appreciation for international cultures, global perspectives and museum work. She earned her BA in history with a minor in Asian art history at University of Oregon. She was lead gallery assistant at the LaVerne Krause Gallery, helping students install, light, and de-install their work weekly. In 2014 she moved to San Francisco to attend USF Masters in Museum Studies program. At USF she looks forward to applying her background into exciting and educational exhibits.
Jordan Dresser is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He has worked as a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Forum and the Denver Post. In 2009, he began work as the Public Relations Officer for the Wind River Hotel and Casino in Riverton, Wyo. Dresser played a key role in developing a cultural room located in the hotel lobby that would serve as a teaching and learning tool for tribal members, local residents and tourists. Opening in 2012, “The Northern Arapaho Experience,” tells the story of the tribe through paintings, photographs, artifacts and storytelling. During this time, Dresser also worked with Wyoming Public Television and Alpheus Media on a project called the, “Wind River Virtual Museum.” Throughout the world, museums display and store objects that belong to various tribes across the country. The Field Museum in Chicago houses a large collection of Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone artifacts. The purpose of the project was to take 3D shots of these objects and have tribal elders tell the story of the artifact in both English and in their native tongue. The footage was loaded on a Kiosk that tribal members in Wyoming could access. In May of 2013, the program launched and a documentary film, “Lived History: the Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum,” about the making of the project premiered on Wyoming Public Television. Questions of who owns tribal artifacts and the role tribal members play in these decisions prompted Dresser to leave Wind River and enroll in the Museum Studies Graduate Program at the University of San Francisco. Dresser believes this new adventure has brought him full circle to his original purpose which is to be a storyteller that uses words and now objects to paint an accurate picture of tribal nations.
Angela Gala is from the beautiful coastal city of Bari, Italy. She studied Economics and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication at Bocconi University, Milan. Driven by a strong desire to travel the world, in 2012, she moved another coastal city: San Francisco. She has interned at different galleries and museums in the Bay Area, such as the San Francisco Art Exchange Gallery, the International Art Museum of America, the Asian Art Museum store and library and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. These positions require her to assist visitors, answering their questions and giving directions and suggestions; to handle large amounts of cash on a daily basis; to file memberships and prepare fund raising mailings. Angela has also volunteered at the San Francisco Ballet. Moving to another country has definitely strengthened her interest and passion for the museum field. She is currently a graduate student at USF’s Museum Studies Program and is excited to look into the challenges American museums face as nonprofit organizations.
Erin Golightly is from beautiful Pasadena, California. Inspired by the local community and strong family appreciation for the arts, she knew early on that joining the two forces would be her ultimate goal. She earned a BA from Loyola Marymount University in Urban Studies, with an emphasis in Art History minor. She has interned locally as well as internationally for organizations such as The United Nations Association and the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). Her internships focused primarily on the urban environment and community development. Looking towards supporting an emphasis on the implementation of arts organizations within communities, In pursuing her MA in Museum Studies at the University of San Francisco, Erin is thrilled to finally merge, professionally, two passions: community development and the arts. In her time away from career pursuits, Erin’s hobbies are reading, brunching with friends, traveling, visiting museums (of course), collecting art books, and photography. Erin is also known by her friends and family to be very invested in film history and spends as much free time as possible watching documentaries, going to the movies, and/or glued to the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel.
Jenna Hebert was born in San Jose, CA. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA., with concentrations in painting and photography. She has lived and worked as an artist and teacher in Greece, New York, Australia and South Korea. She is currently working as a curator for art programs for adults with disabilities at the Cedars of Marin. Over the past three years, she has organized over 25 exhibitions featuring work from the fine art programs. This fall she will be interning at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, and pursuing her Master’s degree in Museum Studies at USF. She plans to continue her work in curatorial practice and exhibition design. She hopes to one day apply her experience to international institutions. She is excited to learn about, and contribute to museum operations, especially education and access programs.
Nell Herbert is a practicing artist who paints in oil and acrylic. She grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis with a BA in Art Studio and a minor in Women’s Studies. She spent a semester studying Spanish art history in Córdoba, Spain. Since relocating to San Francisco, Nell has worked in multiple capacities at a local university, most recently focusing on member relations and special event planning for the school’s Alumni Association. She has also worked extensively in arts education, developing curriculum and inspiring young people through the arts. Nell is excited to apply her experience and passion for art to a career in the museum field. She is particularly interested in exhibition design, museum education, graphic design and communication.
Lauren Law Kingsley grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and has led a bi-coastal life throughout her early adulthood and career. In 2003, she earned her BA in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University, and relocated to New York City. Her first museum position was as Assistant to the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Trustees at the . Lauren relocated to Southern California to accept the position of Assistant to the Director’s Office and Board Coordinator at the , where she worked for four years. During her time at MOCA, she was a founding member of Engagement Party–a program featuring the non-object based work of emerging artist collectives from the region through residencies at the museum. Lauren then returned to New York to accept a position at the , where she served in a variety of capacities, ranging from administrative support to research and development of global museum projects. Lauren was the Project Coordinator for the (2012) and Project Associate for the (2013). Lauren was excited to embark on another cross-country adventure this year to take part in the Museum Studies graduate program at the University of San Francisco. She is eager to collaborate with her new colleagues and gain academic experience to inform her work in the field. She plans to focus on the development of global art institutions and their ability to impact social justice in communities around the world, along with questions surrounding the collection and presentation of non-object based work, in her research. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends, practicing yoga, traveling, and engaging in active dialogue regarding the range of social and political issues facing our world today.
Laura Langlois was born in Sioux City, IA. She studied at the University of Tulsa and received a BFA in ceramics, along with minors in Art History, Mathematics, and Secondary Education. Laura both worked and interned in the education department, at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, OK. She helped with setting up art classes, giving school tours, and later wrote a docent guide for the Gods of Love exhibition. Laura also attended the Mount Gretna School of Art for an intensive summer landscape painting program and spent a year rehabilitating people with brain injuries, using art as a source of therapy for her clients. In 2014, Laura relocated to San Francisco to pursue her MA degree in Museum Studies at USF. Laura is currently an intern with Public Programming and Artist in Residence Programs at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Rheilly Llanos was born and raised on the big island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A in Anthropology and a minor in Dance. During her junior year, Rheilly took an Anthropology course titled, Visualizing Cultures. During this course she learned about the many arguments and conflicts surrounding cultural properties. Rheilly has always had a love for museums and this course opened her eyes to the responsibilities of museum professionals. Upon graduation, Rheilly was accepted into Teach for America, whose mission is to eradicate the achievement gap that is present in economically deprived neighborhoods. Corps members commit to two years of teaching in needed areas. She has spent the last three years teaching all subjects to 5th graders at Burns Latino Studies Academy in Hartford, Connecticut. As an educator Rheilly has shared her love for museums and sports with the students at her school. She took her classes on numerous trips to prominent museums like, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Museum of Science in Boston and she coached the school’s first volleyball team and led them to two consecutive city championships. Rheilly is excited to be attending USF and eager to learn about all aspects of the museum profession.
Lydia Marouf was born in Jerusalem and grew up in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestine. She received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Albright College in PA. She studied at SACI-Studio Arts Centers International in Florence, Italy, and there discovered her passion for museums and art history. Upon returning to her home country, she volunteered, interned, and worked with the A.M Qattan Foundation, a cultural developmental charity organization in Ramallah, Palestine, where she was involved with a number of projects including the biannual Young Artist of the Year Award and the first Palestinian Performing Arts Network. Lydia has also been able to document life under occupation, as well as, the beauty of her country through her photographic works, showcased on her website: www.lydmarouf.com. She is currently pursuing her MA degree in Museum Studies at the University of San Francisco and hopes that in the process of enhancing her knowledge and skills, she will be able to inspire people, promote cultural understanding and identity through the use of museums.
Sabrina Oliveros was born in New York and raised in the Philippines. She graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2008 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication, major in Journalism. She also has a minor in History. A writer and editor by trade, Sabrina has three years’ experience as a project assistant and leader for Vibal Foundation, a publisher’s non-profit arm based in the Philippines that pioneered a digital library of hard-to-find Filipiniana. She also helped introduce e-books, interactive storybook apps, documentaries, and other print and multimedia projects that promote Philippine culture, art, and history. She returns to the United States as a graduate student in USF’s Museum Studies program, eager to build on her skills to serve museums and other cultural and heritage organizations. Though she is open to exploring all aspects of museum work, she especially looks forward to learning more about exhibition development, digitization, and working with technology to keep the past visible and engaging in the modern world.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Fahimeh Rahravan was admitted to different programs such as English Translation, Software Engineering, and Mathematics in her pre-college years. However, far more interested in humanities and liberal arts and with a BS degree, Fahimeh began to work professionally at the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization/ Research Institute. She worked at different Palace Museum Complexes in Iran in the curatorial, conservation, and research departments, while undertaking training in handling, preservation, and conservation of paintings, paperwork, books, manuscripts, textile, and wood as well as traditional bookbinding. Meanwhile, she privately learned Iranian calligraphy, miniatures, and music. During these years, she trilingually (Persian- English-German) documented, cataloged, labeled, and assisted reopening museums and holding exhibitions of more than 2,000 objects of various media. She has compiled, translated, and published work about cultural property trafficking, paper conservation, animals in ancient Egypt, and pre-Columbian art. In 2006, Fahimeh translated and published for the first time in Iran, the Getty publication The Object ID, the international standard for documentation of cultural-historical objects. Later, she worked at the Research Center for Conservation of Cultural Relics in the conservation as well as Education & Training and Dating & Environment departments. Since 2010, when she permanently moved to the United States, Fahimeh has done conservation treatment on a private collection of newspaper and photographs and volunteered at the Smithsonian Institution where she did library cataloging for the Botany Department and helped with the Amber Project at the Paleo-biology Department of the National Museum of Natural History.
Kathleen Schlier is a San Francisco Bay Area native. As owner of Katwalks Tours, she leads historical walking tours of the beautiful city of San Francisco. Kathleen studied design and communications at CSU, Chico and worked in advertising, managing a creative department in the early part of her career. She then migrated over to the non-profit world and was Special Events Manager at Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (SFCD), collaborating with museums, community organizations and theater companies to create opportunities for families to have fun together and learn about all the amazing resources available to them. While at SFCD she also wore the hat of Development Associate, assisting the Development Director with fundraising goals and helping to produce the annual gala, “Wine & Design.” She also managed the Volunteer and Care Giving Programs at SFCD for 3 years. Kathleen’s interest in museum work began when she volunteered at the Museum of Performance and Design, assisting the Exhibition Coordinator with exhibitions for the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. She is currently a graduate student at USF Museum Studies Program and Art Slam Ambassador at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Kathleen wishes to combine her love of museums with her background in design and non-profit management to create new opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to access museums in new and innovative ways.
Amber Spicer is from Baton Rouge, LA. She received her BA in Art & Visual Culture and French from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in college she sang with the Centenary College Choir, performing throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, Brazil, and Argentina. She also collects miniature things. She began her museum work as a docent for the Meadows Museum of Art, where she later held the Selber Internship of Museum Management. She was also a Curatorial Intern for the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, and most recently curated a museum highlighting the history of Holy Angels, a residential facility in Shreveport for adults and children with developmental disabilities. While pursuing her MA in Museum Studies at USF, she hopes to combine her education with experiences in an effort to increase accessibility in museums.
Melissa Zabel hails from East Grand Rapids, MI. She earned her BA in Secondary Education and teaching credentials in Physics and Spanish from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, After graduation, Melissa provided support for undergraduate physics education at the University of Michigan Physics Demonstration Lab. She also taught science and Spanish at Horizons Upward-Bound, a summer enrichment program for students from Detroit Public Schools. Melissa relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 and joined the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) as a museum teacher and educational programming assistant. At OMCA, Melissa has been building her skills in school program development and evaluation. While earning her MA in Museum Studies at the University of San Francisco, Melissa hopes to gain deeper insight into each museum department while pursuing her passion for informal education. Melissa also enjoys running, hiking, and volunteering at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.