Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Voices

The staff at the Art Museum have lots of stories to tell. This blog will feature their stories now, as I am retiring this week!

When I was thinking of a museum career, back in the 1960's, I had no idea what an adventure my  life would become. It took me seven years to get a job in an art museum! Meanwhile, I taught school and wrote articles to build my portfolio. My first museum job was at the St. Louis Art Museum. I was thrilled to know colleagues with whom I shared so many interests and values.

Six museums and many years later, I still think it is a great privilege to work in an art museum.  There are conflicting values, and funding crises, and pressure and disappointments. But there are also challenges, opportunities, moments of wonder, the sense of success when you read the comment book, get a grant or  see children get excited about learning.
Most of all, I have loved the chance to be around works of art every day, to walk through the galleries and feel a sense of being at home.

The staff will take over now- they are great!

1 comment:

Laurie Heyrman said...

As someone who was there much earlier in your career, Kathy, I can testify to the positive impact you have had in the world. Congratulations on a wonderful museum career and best wishes in this new chapter.