With this blog, we will be highlighting some of our Permanent Collection artists along with giving you a taste of how the Museum works, such as how we put together an exhibit and how we select and maintain our art. Occasionally we will also talk about an exhibit of art that we borrow rather than own, such as the very popular Steve McCurry photographs.
It is part of my responsibilities as part-time Project Coordinator on the staff to put together our blog posts. However, I will be getting broad input on these posts, including from our blog visitors. (We cross-post on Facebook.) If you have an idea of something you would like to know more about, just let me know in the "comments" section at the bottom of this post!
My own background includes an undergraduate degree in art (though I never had any illusion that I was going to make a living from my art), many years as an academic librarian (that is, getting creative and administrative experience in other non-profit institutions), and a five-year tenure at HMA starting with many months as a volunteer. Currently I do "whatever needs doing" at the Museum, especially if it involves writing or editing, though I also stuff envelopes if that is needed because of short deadlines - but then, we all help with that. And I keep doing it all because HMA is such a cool place, with such wonderful people and such cool art and exhibits and programming!
This newspaper clipping (on left) documents my only previous staff involvement with an art museum, when I was working at a university in Illinois - though unlike what the clipping says, I was never the museum's director.
Post by Karin Borei, HMA Project Coordinator, writer and editor as needed, and HMA blogger since our blog's inception in March 2015.