Carolyn Bess

Director of Programming

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I oversee Arts & Letters Live, Adult Programming and Multimedia Services, and Family Experiences and Community Engagement at the Museum. I work with an amazing team to connect peopleof all ages and the arts in creative ways.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I love traveling, reading, quilting, antiquing, and enjoying all the Arts District has to offer since I live downtown.
One of my favorite exhibitions at the DMA was China and Glass in America: From Tabletop to TV Tray because I have a slight obsession with china (my cabinets are full).
My experience at the International Spy Museum in DC indicated that I could have been a spy if I’d chosen a different career path.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
It was painful to edit this list, because I have too many favorites to count.
Gerald Murphy, Watch, 1925
Gothic Revival Bedstead
Constantin Brancusi, The Beginning of the World, c. 1920

Amanda Blake

Manger of Family Experiences and Access Programs

My job and me in 50 words or less . . .
I manage a variety of programs for families to enjoy at the Museum including classes, camps, Family Celebrations, and studio activities. I get to teach children about works of art in the gallery and collaborate with an amazing team. I also oversee programming for visitors with special needs.

Three things about me but not about my work . . .
My dog, George Costanza, and I love spending time together and enjoy going swimming, participating in therapy dog visits, and competing in agility.
I have a large collection of gnomes.
When I was younger I wanted to be an astronaut and attended space camp at Kennedy Space Center.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Mink and Mannequin by Reginald Marsh, 1940
Odalisque (Hey, Hey Frankenthaler) by Lynda Benglis, 1969
Girls Sitting in Union Square Fountain by Isabel Bishop, 1936

Hillary Bober

Digital Archivist

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I am the museum’s go to girl for all things historical, from 1903 to last year. I know, or can figure out, what was done when, by who, and why. I also work to make the museum’s history publically accessible online.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I have had more “snow days” in my two years in Dallas than my entire time growing up in Wisconsin.
I have a BA in Anthropology/Archaeology and excavated slag and what may have been a stone floor for 7 weeks on my field school in northwest England.
I have been on the hunt for a hobby for a long time, and will happily accept any suggestions.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Morris Louis, Delta Kappa, 1960
Gustave Caillebotte, Yellow Roses in a Vase (Roses jaunes dans un vase), 1882
Robert King (Designer) and Albert C. Roy (Maker), Celestial Centerpiece for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, 1964

Sarah Coffey

Assistant to the Chair of Learning Initiatives and former McDermott Education Intern, Adult Programming

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I provide support for our Director of Education and the Education Division in general, helping out with all kinds of projects whenever I am needed. I also coordinate our McDermott Internship Program by organizing applications, planning activities, and making our interns feel at home during their time with us.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I got engaged on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
I love mid-century modern, abstract expressionism, and Mad Men.
I held an actual piece of an Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus at the Horniman Museum in London—and you can too when you visit!

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay, 1924
Grey Blue & Black-Pink Circle by Georgia O’Keeffe, 1929
Orb by Adolf Gottlieb, 1964

Kimberly Daniell

Manager of Communications and Public Affairs

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
My job involves passing along information about all the wonderful art, programs, and events that happen at the DMA. In the process I get to meet and interact with artists, authors, local TV talent, and the visitors. Every day is different and exciting in the Public Relations department.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I love Paris, France. I think it is the most amazing city in the world.
I’ve loved Monet since I first learned about him in first grade.
I love to travel and explore the history of a place.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay, 1924
Dorothy by John Singer Sargent, 1900
Eros Lamp Holder Greek, early 1st century B.C.

Mandy Engleman

Director of Creative Services

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I’m responsible for the visual aesthetic of the Museum in all print, digital, and web-based communications. My team and I collaborate with all departments of the Museum to produce everything from invitations and brochures to the website and environmental signage.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I love “So You Think You Can Dance”
I have a Basset Hound/Yellow Lab mix named Sabrina and a cat named Loo Loo.
I have a super sense of smell.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Pergamon Museum I, Berlin by Thomas Struth
Counter Ground by Tatsuo Miyajima
Device by Jasper Johns

Adam Gingrich

Marketing Administrative Assistant

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I would market my job as the rubber band for the Marketing department. I always stay flexible enough to support our ever busy PR, Sales, and Graphic Design teams. From scheduling meetings and handling donation requests, to budget tracking and photography, I am always finding a new use for myself.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I can make really good tortillas
I would like to live in a tree house one day
Sometimes I wish I could just go to Tosche Station and pick up some power converters

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Device, Jasper Johns
Still Life #2, Francis Adams Comstock
Standing power figure (nkisi nkondi)

Leah Hanson

Manager of Early Learning Programs

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
Most days, you are likely to find me sitting on the floor in the museum galleries surrounded by toddlers and preschoolers. I play many games of “I Spy” with works of art, read pictures books, and have even made chocolate play dough, all to help young children discover art.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
My trusty sewing machine and I spend lots of quality time together—I love making aprons, quilts, and bags.
I was once an extra on an episode of The West Wing.
My favorite class at the gym is “Jump & Pump” which is slightly embarrassing and makes me laugh every time I say it.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Ivy in Flower, Henri Matisse
Chestnut Trees, a Cartoon for a Tiffany Stained-Glass Window, Edouard Vuillard
Fisherman’s Little Sister, Alice Kent Stoddard

Jessica Harden

Exhibition Design Coordinator

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
Let’s see . . . Exhibition design is a little hard to explain. I don’t just design spaces, although this is a huge part of what I do; I design experiences. It’s part architecture, part interior design, part furniture designer, part creative development, part project management, part research, part interpretation, part imagineer.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I’m a Texan, born and bred. My family has lived here since it was the Republic of Texas. I’ve lived in a lot of different places, but Texas will always be my home.
I am a yogini. Most of my time outside of work is spent practicing, studying, and loving yoga. I’ve been practicing on and off for almost 12 years now. I am even planning on getting certified to teach in the very near future.
I refuse to be put into a box, and I am chock full of contradictions. I’m a country girl that loves living in the city. I’m a hometown pageant queen that loves getting her hands dirty. I’m 5’10 and drive a smartcar.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Traction Splint by Charles and Ray Eames
To think that the ubiquitous forms of bent plywood modern furniture started with the resolve and determination to figure out how to fabricate a lightweight and durable splint for the US Navy . . .
Ocean Park No.29 by Richard Diebenkorn
Maybe it is the ordered geometric divisions that create its composition, maybe it is the painterly quality of the artist’s hand, perhaps it is the potency of its fields of color, or the subtleness of the hues within them, whatever it is, it takes my breath away every time.
Un Ballo in Maschera by Yinka Shonibare
There are so many components and complexities to this work of art that you start to wonder what is so special about a painting.

photo[9]Maegan Hoffmann

Assistant Manager of DMA Partners Program

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
Although I can normally be found at the Partners Desk in the main concourse of the Museum, I am primarily in charge of the event planning for the Custom Option groups and I help manage the Partners Team downstairs. On any given day I wear a variety of different hats to accommodate the plethora of duties my job entails!

Three things about me but not about my work . . .
I am a HUGE Batman fan
I love knitting, crafting, reading, painting, photography, and writing
I have three cats: Sampson, Ziggy, and Marla Singer

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
The Shepherd Faustulus Bringing Romulus and Remus to His Wife, Nicolas Mignard
Buddha, bronze statue c. 15th century
Cybernetic Lobster Telephone, Salvador Dalí

Stacey Lizotte

Head of Adult Programming and Multimedia Services

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I oversee and help create the adult programming at the Museum including Late Nights, Thursday Night Live, lectures, gallery programs, concerts, and programs offered in partnership with other community organizations. I also work with our Multimedia staff to make sure any programs requiring technical support go off without a hitch.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I’m short.
My favorite band is The Cure.
My favorite book is Pride & Prejudice.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Untitled (Perfect Lovers) by Félix González-Torres
The Singer by Thomas Wilmer Dewing
Bacchic Concert by Pietro Paolini

Martha MacLeod

Curatorial Administrative Assistant, European and American Art

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I’ve only been at the DMA a few months, and there is a lot a variety in my job.  Basically I support the European and American Art Curators by doing everything from making their travel arrangements, to mentoring the interns, and completing research about artists and artworks.  One of my favorite projects so far has been helping the curators shop for new frames for some of the paintings in the collection.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I can balance a spoon on my nose
I am a HUGE Boston Red Sox Fan
My favorite book (and movie) is To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Frank Duveneck’s Lady with a Red Hat (Portrait of Maggie Wilson)
At the Piano by Cecilia Beaux
Emma by George Bellows

Anne Smith

Director of Foundation and Government Relations

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I write grant proposals to foundations and government agencies to apply for funding for the Museum’s many exhibitions, educational programs, and other important initiatives. I love my job because I get to work with people from nearly every department.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
1. I paint in my spare time.
2. I’m extremely accident-prone—I’ve dislocated my elbow three times.
3. I involuntarily edit everything, including personal emails and colloquial conversation. This tendency earned me an unprintable nickname in college.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
1. Accumulation, Yayoi Kusama
2. Nomads, Christian Schumann
3. Cathedral, Jackson Pollock

Maria Teresa G. Pedroche

Head of Family Experiences & Community Engagement

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I oversee and help create family experiences & community events both at the Museum and off-site that include exhibitions developed in partnership with community organizations.   I collaborate with a talented specialized team who are passionate about their work with diverse audiences. We develop in-depth experiences that strengthen museum visits and community partnerships.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I love traveling, reading, creating art, listening to international music, and Pedro Almodovar films.
One of my favorite exhibitions at the DMA was Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art. Working with living artists in the exhibition was a highlight.
I organized an exhibition of my favorite Spanish photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero at the Meadows Museum.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Spanish Colonial Cabinet, 1680 – 1700
El Hombre by Rufino Tamayo
Panel with rectangles of blue and yellow featherwork, c. 650-850 A.D.

Nicole Stutzman

Director of Teaching Programs and Partnerships

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I collaborate with fantastic colleagues to shape teaching and learning experiences for K-12 audiences, primarily. I most love partnerships with artist, schools, and community organizations, which bring together people, art, and ideas that lead to in-depth experiences. I also oversee Tech Lab programs in the Center for Creative Connections.

Three things about me but not about my work . . .
A lover of mid-century modernity, my china cabinet is full of Russel Wright American Modern originals and my birthday gift a few years ago was a 1952 Electrolux Model LX vacuum cleaner.
I sewed clothes for 10-years in 4-H growing up and now consider myself a “Sunday seamstress.”
I would like to learn to read music, sing, and play the harmonica.

Favorite three works in the DMA…
Electrolux “Model 30” Vacuum Cleaner, Lurelle Guild for Electrolux Corporation, designed 1937
Wall panel with figure of a slain shaman, Indonesia (Mentawai Islands), c. 1900
Untitled by Clyfford Still, 1964

Edleeca Thompson

Texas Curatorial Fund Research Assistant for the Arts of Africa Reinstallation Project

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I’m assisting Dr. Roslyn Walker in gathering information from recently installed collections of African art, both in the US and abroad, in anticipation of the reinstallation of the African gallery at the DMA. We’re observing current installations, as well as the use of new media, in order to more adequately present the richness and depth of African art to the DMA’s patrons.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I love the outdoors, playing French Horn in my spare time, and I’m a long-time Dallas Cowboys fan!

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Standing Male Ancestor Figure (singiti)—Arts of Africa Collection
Seated Ruler in Ritual Pose—Ancient American Art
Bouquet of Flowers in a Terracotta Vase with Peaches and Grapes, by Anne Vallayer-Coster—European Painting and Sculpture

Kevin W. Tucker

The Margot B. Perot Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I care for, research, write about, and exhibit aspects of the DMA’s collection of about 8,000 European and American decorative arts and design objects, dating from the sixteenth century to the present.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I am learning to play the ukulele — and have played the bagpipes
I built my own regulation pétanque piste (twice)
I am fascinated by Marquesan and New Guinea art

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
That’s my secret.  It’s too much like naming one’s favorite children.

Joni Wilson

Exhibitions Coordinator

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I can usually be found in a meeting, on my way to a meeting, scheduling a meeting, or performing “other duties as assigned”.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I love to hang out with my dog Josefina, listen to excessive amounts of NPR, and watch I Love Lucy.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
I could never list just three works, but I do really enjoy the Rauschenberg Skyway, Renoir Lise Sewing, and the Hopper Lighthouse Hill.

Eric Zeidler

Publications Manager

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I do everything from hauling cartons of books up from the dock to drawing up contracts and working with scholars, editors, and designers. My favorite part of the job involves editing text.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I’m a writer, I keep a diary with over 75 volumes so far (since 1979), and I have a morbid fear of pit vipers (especially moccasins), tsunamis, freak waves, and deep ocean trenches.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
College of Animals by Cornelis Saftleven
Intervista by Anri Sala
Celtic Tale by Paul Serusier


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