Rue Mazarine and Institute of France, Paris

My love affair with architecture began when I was a young girl, spending a great deal of time exploring Eero Saarinen's John Deere Headquarters in Moline, Illinois. My study of architecture follows my work as an art historian specializing in both Netherlandish art of the seventeenth century and teaching in university museums. As a first-generation student, I have a passion for the kind of teaching that empowers students. My ten years of teaching experience includes leading "Art and Architecture of the British Isles" as part of a study abroad program to England and Scotland. In  architectural practice, I seek to foreground sustainability, civic responsibility, and inspiring design.
I came to Knoxville in 2014, hired to develop the Academic Programs department at the McClung Museum to use the collection and institution to teach classes across campus, with 42 departments engaging with the museum at my departure. I collaborated with faculty to design class visits that tackled not only teaching course content but also skill building, including critical thinking, problem solving, visual and cultural literacy, and research. I developed an internship program for third year law students to work on NAGPRA issues and the repatriation of objects in our collection. I also collaborated with the nursing school to develop a program that helped nursing PhD students make the transition from clinician to researcher. While at KU's Spencer Museum I led weekly class visits from various departments and initiated the development of the museum's mobile app, which became the model for the university. This background is inherently interdisciplinary, and informs how I think about the built environment, conscious of the multiple lenses of understanding and investigation that inform any project.
I decided to pursue the M.Arch after working with Sanders Pace Architecture on a renovation project for my 1956 home. I split my time between Knoxville and the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where I serve on my co-op's Board of Directors. When not engaged in academic work, I am usually biking, hiking the Smoky Mountains, riding to hounds on horseback, volunteering on an organic vegetable farm, or visiting friends and museums in New York.
M.Arch University of Tennessee, Knoxville (in progress, graduating May 2024) 
PhD Candidate, University of Kansas, Kress Foundation Department of Art History
   Major: Seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish Art
    Minor: Twentieth-century American Art
   Minor: Chinese Art of the Tang Dynasty
   Dissertation topic: Images of Hunting in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Visual Culture
MA University of Kansas, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, 2010 
BA University of Tennessee, Philosophy and Art History, 2007 
Professional Experience 
2014-2017 Curator of Academic Programs, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
-Responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of academic initiatives that enhance the McClung’s contribution to the University’s academic agenda
-Collaborated with faculty across campus to encourage and facilitate the meaningful participation of the McClung and its collections and exhibitions in undergraduate curricula
-Worked with museum curators to plan exhibitions relevant to university teaching
-Performed extensive outreach to faculty, leading class discussions in the museum for courses in departments across campus, and educating faculty on teaching strategies that enrich their curriculum and pedagogy
2012-2014 Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator in Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas
2011-2012 Andrew W. Mellon Academic Programs Intern, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas 
2013-2014 Assistant Curator of Visual Resources, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, University of Kansas 
-Managed digital image database and connected metadata for use in department teaching
2006-2007 Visual Resources Collection, School of Art, University of Tennessee, Student Assistant 
-Produced film slides and digital images for department teaching
Teaching Experience 
2023 University of Tennessee, Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Architecture
2011-2013 University of Kansas, Instructor of Record, History of Art
2009 Emporia State University, Instructor of Record, History of Art
2008-2010 University of Kansas, Graduate Teaching Assistant, History of Art
Courses taught: History and Theory of Modern Architecture, Art Since 1945, Art History Ancient through Medieval, Art History Renaissance through Modern, Art History Ancient through Modern, Modern Art History 1880-1945, Art and Architecture of the British Isles (study abroad)
Independent Coursework 
2013 Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University • The New Rijksmuseum and the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History): Presenting and Researching Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art and History 
2023-present, Vice President, 139 W 82 Co-op Board of Directors
2015-2016 Member, Intersectionality Community of Scholars, University of Tennessee
2014-2015 Member, Common Book selection committee, University of Tennessee
2012-2013 Mentoring Coordinator, History of Art Graduate Student Organization, University of Kansas
2011 Spencer Museum of Art/Kansas Public Radio, Art Minute: Dirck Hals, A Jolly Company 
2011 Panel Chair, History of Art Graduate Student Symposium 
2010-2011 President, History of Art Graduate Student Organization
2007-2008 Knoxville Museum of Art, Education Volunteer
Presentations and Papers 
2024 Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies Conference, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, McGill University
     "Reconstruction at L'Abbaye de Sénanque: Cistercian Rule as Drawing and Model for Sustainable          Architecture"
2022 Winner, Ewing Gallery Paper Competition, Architecture Division
     "The Spectacle of the Chase: Castle Howard Landscape as Theater for the Hunt"
2015 University of Tennessee Medical Center, Medical Humanities Lecture Series, "Looking Closer: The Museum as a Site for Stress Management and Teaching Clinical Observation"
2012 Hall Center for the Humanities, Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop “Patronage and Provenance as New Interpretive Avenues of Research for Rembrandt’s Dead Peacocks”
2009 Spencer Museum of Art Gallery Talk: "The Elegant Equation: Intersections of Art and Mathematics in works from the Cryptograph exhibition honoring Alan Turing"
2009 Great Lakes American Studies Association Conference, Notre Dame, Indiana
   Panel: Gendered Performances of Labor
   Paper: “Where Have All the Cowgirls Gone?” 
Professional Affiliations 
American Institute of Architects, New York
College Art Association 
Historians of British Art
Historians of Netherlandish Art
The Renaissance Society of America 
Language Skills 
Dutch Reading Proficiency
French Reading Proficiency
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