carolyn_poleroidCarolyn Bess

Director of Arts & Letters Live

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I oversee Arts & Letters Live, the DMA’s literary and performing arts series, which brings some of the greatest names in contemporary literature and the performing arts to the Museum. We invite our talent to respond to the DMA’s collections and exhibitions in creative ways, by writing new poems or choreographing new dances inspired by art.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I love traveling, reading, quilting, antiquing, and enjoying all the Arts District has to offer.
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_poleroidAmanda 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_poleroidHillary 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 publicly accessible online.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I’ve been in Texas now for 6 ½ years.
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 make a really good coffee cake.

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_poleroidSarah Coffey

Education Coordinator

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I help the Education Division in any way I am needed, from keeping stats to strategizing emails to pitching in on special projects. I also coordinate our McDermott Internship Program, organizing and planning to ensure the interns’ time with us is well spent.

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 find print mixing easy, but can never decide which top to wear with black pants.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay, 1924
Untitled (3/00), III by Charline Von Heyl, 2000
Ocean Park No. 29, Richard Diebenkorn, 1970

kimberly_poleroidKimberly Daniell

Senior Manager of Communications, Public Affairs, and Social Media Strategy

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.

Jessica Fuentes jessica_poleroidfinal

The Center for Creative Connections Gallery Manager

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
My job involves researching future artworks to be housed in the Center for Creative Connections and developing inter-actives to be installed with those works of art.  I also plan the Late Night Art Bytes program, which allows me to bring together my passions for art and technology.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I have an amazing nine-year-old daughter and we enjoy collaborating on artworks and research.
I love to travel. My favorite country that I have visited is Uruguay and I would love to go back and live there some day.
I am a photographer. When I’m not creating photographic works of art, I am documenting my life through photos.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Phase of Nothingness – Water, Nobuo Sekine, 1969/2005/2012
Watch, Gerald Murphy, 1925
A213 Symik, Jackie Ferrara, 1980

Leah Hansonleah_poleroid

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 babies, toddlers and preschoolers. I play many games of “I Spy” with works of art, read pictures books, and encourage mini dance parties, all to help young children have fun exploring art.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I’ve hiked the Inca trail to Manchu Picchu.
I play the piano and the viola and pretend to play the guitar.
Organizing things makes me happy (and ridiculously nerdy, I suppose).

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Ivy in Flower, Henri Matisse
The outside of inside, Olafur Eliasson
Window with Starfish (“Spring”) and Window with Sea Anemone (“Summer”), Louis Comfort Tiffany

harden_poleroidJessica 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.

Julie Henley julie_poleroid2

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I am just like a half and half communications milk shake, one part public relations and one part marketing. You can usually find me knee deep in millennial stuff like the Twitterverse, Instagram, or running around the galleries Snapchatting.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I hang out with people in order to spend quality time with their dogs.
I am a hopeless romantic, a trait which contributes to my ever growing wanderlust and love of all things steeped in history and tradition.
I live for spontaneous adventures, and I always have an eye out for hidden gems.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Whistling Boy, Frank Duveneck, 1870s
Comblat-le-Château, the Meadow (Le Pré), Opus 161, Paul Signac
Wreath, 4th century B.C.E.

hofmann_poleroidMaegan 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_poleroidStacey 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_poleroidMartha MacLeod

Senior Curatorial Administrator for the Curatorial Department and Curatorial Assistant European and American Art Department

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
My job has two hats.  When I wear the Curatorial Assistant one, I support the European and American Art Curators with exhibitions, acquisitions and research.  When I put on my Senior Curatorial Administrator hat, I coordinate all aspects of collaboration between the Curatorial department and the other museum departments as well as with the trustees and colleagues at other museums.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I am a terrible cook, in fact I can only make five things, two of which are coffee and scrambled eggs.
The first car I bought had a manual transmission, the salesman had to teach me how to drive it before I could take it home.
I am distantly related to Angus “Giant” MacAskill, who is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the tallest men known to live.

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Silence by Antoine-Augustin Préault
Self-Portrait of the Artist and his Family in his Studio by Paul Claude-Michel Carpentier
Study for “The Spanish Dancer” by John Singer Sargent

skye_poleroidSkye Olson

Exhibition Designer

Me and my job in 50 words or less . . .
I work collaboratively to realize a vision from an abstract concept to a physically compelling experience. On any given day, you might find me building 3D models my hand, designing casework on 3D software, or happily immersed in paint swatches and fabric samples.

Three things about me, but not about my work . . .
I love to listen to design podcasts, practice yoga, and my favorite film is Paris, Texas

Favorite three works in the DMA . . .
Anne Truitt, Come Unto These Yellow Sands II
Robert Irwin, Untitled
And I am in love with all of the African textiles in our collection. The Egungun on display in particular because it has a life of its own, it becomes animated with dance and is meant to be experienced in motion.

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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