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School of Art + Art History

Museum Studies

Current Students

Class of 2020
Chandler Sandy

Chandler graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in history and minor in business administration. She has always had an interest in history and the arts, but it wasn’t until college that she became active in museums through internships. Her experience with the Norton Museum of Art inspired her passion of making museums a place where people feel welcomed. She became a communications intern at the Norton Museum of Art which sparked her interest in the business side of arts organizations. Chandler later volunteered at a gallery that served underprivileged children through the arts and served twice as a development intern at the Harn Museum of Art. Interning at the Harn showed her the positive impact a career in fundraising can have on the community and helped her declare a concentration to focus on for graduate school.

Class of 2020
Brie Rosenbloom

Brie holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She is fascinated with the emotions that collections objects on display elicit. Brie’s first collections internship at the South Florida Museum allowed her to identify that her career goals lie in collections management. She is interested in learning how museums can best manage sudden and large collections of objects in a field that is usually better equipped to process slowly growing collections. She most recently interned at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, developing accession procedures for the center’s natural history collection. Brie looks forward to the curriculum offered by this program providing an academic foundation to her work in collections management.

Class of 2020
Georgia Fasano

Georgia received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Florida, minoring in Art History and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She is interested in collections management and exhibit design. She has experience interning at the Harn Museum of Art in the African curatorial department. For the last year she has been volunteering at the Florida Museum of Natural History in the Vertebrate Paleontology Prep Lab. She has a background in archaeology and has been working with UF's Historical Archaeology department both in the lab and the field since high school. She believes that museums should constantly try to adapt and reinvent ways of presenting information through their collections and exhibits. Relating to and reaching a wide audience on both a personal and academic level keeps museums relevant and influential. She is interested in exploring how science and art can be utilized to apply more immersive approaches to exhibits and collections that will positively impact audience engagement. 

Class of 2020
Marygrace Kennedy

Marygrace is a graduate of Boston University, earning degrees in History and International Relations. She has always been interested in how the events of history are perceived and portrayed by different communities. Marygrace has always been drawn to museums. She is continually inspired by the stories, artifacts, and personal narratives not often discussed in classrooms. She believes that museums humanize history, and by doing so they are able to engage the community and inspire people to reach across social, ethnic, and economic boundaries. This is what drove her to pursue a degree in Museum Studies. She most recently interned at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin working in the Archives department. As a native North Easterner, she is excited to live and learn in a part of the country that is so different from what she is familiar with.   

Class of 2021
Megan Ayotte

Megan attended the University of North Florida and double-majored in History and Anthropology. She has always been fascinated by and a frequent visitor of museums, heritage sites, and parks. While at UNF, she explored her interests further by interning and afterward volunteering at the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, Florida, as both a collections management and curatorial assistant. She is currently interning with the City of Gainesville's Park, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department to enter their art collection into PastPerfect and create a collections management policy. Megan chose UF's Museum Studies program because it offers a holistic approach to the field, which is needed to be successful in today's museum world. This program also allows her to pursue related interests in digital media and historic preservation, giving Megan the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills of her choosing.

Class of 2021
Laura Rincón Rodriguez

Laura graduated from Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, with a degree in Information Science- Librarianship.​ While in her last undergraduate semester, she was looking for an internship that could professionally challenge her differently than libraries and archives and chose the Museum of Arquitecture Leopoldo Rother at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. While in Colombia, Laura worked at a Museum of Architecture and a Museum of Geology. In the Museum of Architecture, she helped produce a catalog and received compliments from visitors on how. Through the years, visitors complimented their work as the only well-organized and stored architectural drawings. During this experience, she fell in love with collections. Laura chose the UF program because of the curriculum focus on collections management and the Gainesville weather and surrounding nature. She would like to advocate for accessible and active collections to researchers, museum professionals, and people in general. Also, she would like to see greater community engagement, inclusion, and diversity within the collections field. Laura wants to bring a breath of fresh air to collections, and be a game-changer in her field.

Class of 2021
Katharine Lemessy

Katharine is a Double Gator. She went to UF for her undergrad degree and majored in history and public relations. She loves history and is interested in the ways we remember it. Often, we see documents as neutral, factual sources. However, these sources can easily be manipulated by the context they are viewed in, and Katharine wants to ensure that these objects are displayed in the most ethical way!Even though she doesn’t have any museum experience, she loves libraries and spent most of her childhood in them. She volunteered at a library in 2016 for a summer reading programfor children. Katharine chose the Museum Studies Program because she wanted to work with a small cohort and professors who care and nurture her interests.

Class of 2022
David Campo III

David earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology (concentration in archaeology) with a minor in classical studies from the University of Florida in Spring 2017 and just finished his master's degree in art history from the University of Georgia in Spring 2020. David's interests in museums began when he went to UF where he fell in love with the Florida Museum of Natural History. At UF, David worked in archaeological labs in Dickenson Hall and for a zooarchaeology professor in the Department of Anthropology, all under collections management, and he also participated in an excavation. He took internships in the Registration department at the Harn Museum of Art, here in Gainesville, the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FL, and the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens. Both of those experiences sparked his interest in collections management and learning more about how objects are processed and cared for, namely archaeological artifacts. David is excited to work with the impressive faculty that make up the Museum Studies program. He looks forward to learning about the many facets of museum practices, and he likes the flexibility and freedom to take courses across other departments that align with his specific areas of interest. He hopes to explore the intersectionality between art and natural history and is interested in investigating how art making is interpreted as material culture and how they are studied within the context of the museum. David is also excited to live closer to family and friends. 

Class of 2022
Ivy Chen

Ivy received her undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, but initially started out in Chemistry. She then earned an Artist Diploma in cello performance. Ivy grew up in the Boston area and visited museums with her family, and has enjoyed museums ever since. Even though her background is primarily in music, she’s always had an interest in art, science, and literature. After graduating, she started working in the non-profit arts sector and had an eye towards working at a museum at some point. Most of her work experience was in smaller non-profit arts organizations in addition to several years at a state funding agency. She has worked at the Harn Museum of Art for eight years in various departments, starting in Education as the Bishop Study Center Manager, Adult Programs & Volunteer Coordinator. Ivy then worked as Curatorial Program Manager and most recently created and implemented the Composers-in-Residence program, working with UF Music Composition PhD students who created new music works performed in the galleries inspired by objects in the museum collection. She chose the UF Museum Studies Program because she is really inspired by Dr. Porchia Moore and her work in inclusion and engagement. Ivy is very excited to shift focus to conversations about museums' future and how they can be transformational centers in society.

Photo by Marissa Cecades.

Class of 2022
Evangeline Giaconia

Evangeline received a BS in multidisciplinary anthropology from Appalachian State University, with minors in biology and religious studies. Her interest in museums is informed by a number of experiences: three summers of ethnographic research on tourism in Ecuador, an internship at the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, TN, and a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA working with a racial equity initiative in Asheville, NC. Her research interests in museum studies focus on decolonization and racial equity work in museums, and the relationship of museums to local communities.

Class of 2022
Brittany Thomas

Brittany received her BA in Anthropology here at UF and became interested in working in the museum field when she visited Europe for the first time and was blown away by the sheer size and diversity of their museums and their museum collections. When Brittany returned from this trip, she realized American museum institutions have a similar rich culture and history, but she had taken them for granted while growing up. Brittany has always had a passion for history but never realized she could apply this passion to a meaningful and fulfilling career until she began thinking about those responsible for presenting and maintaining the world’s history in museums. 

Brittany began volunteering at the Matheson History Museum here in Gainesville in 2018 once she discovered the program and wanted to acquire some experience. For 2 years, she volunteered at the Matheson mostly conducting condition reports on objects and going through the museum’s inventory to take note of any issues. In the summer of 2019, she interned at the Amelia Island Museum of History in their research library, where her main focus was digitizing their physical records, and it was there that she discovered an interest for the growing practice of object digitization in order to increase public accessibility to museum collections. Finally, during the spring of 2020 she volunteered in the FLMNH’s ichthyology lab photographing and digitizing specimens from their ichthyology lab. 

Brittany absolutely fell in love with UF and the town of Gainesville during her time in undergrad, so when she discovered that UF had a MS program she knew that it would be a good fit. She also loved that it was a well-established, small program where she felt that the learning environment would take the shape of an intimate group discussion rather than a crowded lecture. Brittany also really resonated with the statement that “museums can change the world” because it’s something she doesn’t believe most people think about when the average person thinks of museums, but loves that this program is actively trying to shift that narrative in people’s minds and express the power that museums have.

Class of 2022
Barrett Uhler

Barrett graduated in 2010 from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a bachelor in theatre and minored in art history, focusing on costume and set design. She grew up outside of Washington, DC, and was always excited to visit the Smithsonian whenever she had the opportunity. Since middle school, she has wanted to pursue a career in discovering, caring for, and telling the stories of artifacts. Barrett likes collecting various objects that had a meaningful story or experience attached to it, such as animal figures, fossils, and small nick-knacks that she bought or was given from around the world. Engaging with an artifact, art, or specimen and learning about its history and deeper meaning has always been her ideal and most effective way to learn about the world.

Barrett love stories and connecting to the past and the present and museums allow us to connect in a unique and sometimes creative manner. Her experiences with museums have been through both volunteering and working with libraries. She previously volunteered with the Florida Natural History Museum in the vertebrae lab uncovering turtle remains and helping with special events hosted at the museum. She has also volunteered with the Harn Museum gift shop and hosted a table at a few of their Museum Nights representing Marston Science Library. Barrett has worked with the Matheson Museum in the capacity of organizing and recording their archival materials. Additionally, she has co-created several exhibits at the Marston Science Library and helps launch library exhibits.

Barrett’s original major going into undergrad was Art History with a goal of working with museums. She changed her major to theatre after working on a few plays and enjoying the artistic side of the storytelling process. After years of working in theatre, she began working with the public library, followed by Marston Science Library at the University of Florida. Her library experiences at UF allowed her to work with and create exhibits, as well as attend events at the Harn and Museums of Natural History. These experiences, along with her amazing and eye-opening class with Dr. Porchia Moore, inspired her (along with a push from Patrick Grigsby) to apply for the Museum Studies Graduate Program at the University of Florida. The staff, faculty, and students in this program have been amazing, and she feels honored to be a part of this program.

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