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Anne Collins Goodyear

Anne Collins GoodyearCo-Director

Email: agoodyea@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-798-4352
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Anne Collins Goodyear, Ph.D. is Co-Director, with Frank Goodyear, of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. She is a former Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, where she became the first curator to collect digital and time-based art. Goodyear has curated numerous exhibitions and published and lectured widely about modern and contemporary American art and portraiture. She is currently co-curating, with Jonathan Walz and Kathleen Campganolo, This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912–Today, which traces, over the course of the past century, the dissolution of a portraiture based on mimesis to one stressing instead conceptual and symbolic associations on the part of the maker with the portrait’s subject. The exhibition will open at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in June 2016 and will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Yale University Press.

Goodyear’s essays have appeared in several scholarly journals, which include American Art and Leonardo, and in edited volumes and exhibition catalogues such as Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff (2014), R. Luke DuBois—Now (2014), The Network: Portrait Conversations (2012); The Political Economy of Art: Creating the Modern Nation of Culture (2008), Cold War Modern: Art and Design in a Divided World (2008), and Photography Theory (2007). Goodyear is co-editor, with Margaret Weitekamp, of Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology Volume 9: Analyzing Art and Aesthetics (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013), and is co-editor, with James W. McManus, of AKA Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2014). She and McManus also co-edited Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, and Washington, DC: National Portrait Gallery, 2009). She served as President of the College Art Association from 2012-2014, and is an At-Large Member of the National Committee of the History of Art (United States).

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Frank H. Goodyear

Frank H. GoodyearCo-Director

Email: fgoodyea@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-798-4351
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Frank H. Goodyear, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. He was previously Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of ten peer-reviewed scholarly essays and five books: Red Cloud: Photographs of a Lakota Chief (University of Nebraska Press, 2003); Zaida Ben- Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer (Merrell, 2008); Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1924 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009); A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur’s 1883 Expedition (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013); and, with Joel Dinerstein, American Cool (Prestel, 2014). He is currently working on two new research projects: a book on Theodore Roosevelt’s 1909-10 scientific expedition to British East Africa (Smithsonian Books, 2017) and a study of Winslow Homer’s interest in photography.

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Caroline Baljon

Caroline BaljonAssistant to the Directors

Email: cbaljon@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3276
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Caroline Baljon is the Assistant to the Directors/Membership and Programs Coordinator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Caroline earned her B.A. in Art History and French from Bowdoin College (2011) and her M.A. in Art History from the University of Amsterdam (2012) with a focus on the Dutch Golden Age. Prior to working at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Caroline was the Gallery Manager at Art Collector Maine where she oversaw galleries in Portland and Kennebunk. In this position, Caroline organized events, coordinated private sales, managed the artist membership program, and marketed the work of local Maine artists. Caroline also has experience as the director of a non-profit art gallery in Champaign, Illinois.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinebaljon

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Rebekah Beaulieu

Rebekah BeaulieuAssociate Director

Email: rbeaulie@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-798-4125
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  She directs all financial affairs and fund management, legal governance and risk management, administration, and facility operations of the BCMA.  She serves as an elected member of the Bowdoin Administrative Staff Steering Committee, as well as Bowdoin College’s Risk Management and ADA committees. Rebekah is a board member of the New England Museum Association and is active in the American Alliance of Museums, where she serves as a Museum Accreditation Peer Reviewer.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and Art History from the George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Rebekah completed her PhD at Boston University in American and New England Studies, her dissertation a study of small museum management and best practices

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebekahbeaulieu

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Suzanne K. Bergeron

Suzanne K. BergeronAssistant Director for Communications

Email: sbergero@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3124
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Suzanne K. Bergeron is the Assistant Director for Communications. Suzanne has enjoyed a long museum career with positions in administration, finance, facilities, fund-raising, security, planning, publications, design, and communication. She holds a BA from Mt. Holyoke College, is an alumna of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Leadership Institute, and has served on national, regional, and College review boards and committees. Suzanne’s primary responsibilities include the Museum’s marketing, public relations, and communications programs; the Museum’s website and social media initiatives; the Museum’s publication program (print and electronic); and the design and production of graphics elements for exhibitions.

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Joachim Homann

Joachim HomannCurator

Email: jhomann@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3064
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Joachim Homann, Ph.D., is the curator of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, where he has organized numerous exhibitions, most recently Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960, Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective (with Christina von Rotenhan),  Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea, co-curated with Nancy Mathews, Kathy Bradford: ~~~AUGUST~~~, and Printmaking ABC: In Memoriam David Becker. He brought to the Museum the critically acclaimed exhibitions Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan (organized by the China Institute, New York) and Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture (organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.). Homann is currently working on an exhibition dedicated to highlights from the Museum’s drawing collection. Before coming to Bowdoin in 2010, Homann held appointments at the Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University; the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at El Paso; and the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University. After studies in Art History, History, and Archeology in Goettingen, Munich, Heidelberg, and Karlsruhe, Homann received his Ph.D. in 2004 (State Academy of Design, Karlsruhe/ Heidelberg University; advisors: Hans Belting, Siegfried Gohr). He was a doctoral fellow at the University of Hamburg 1997-2000. Homann has published and edited articles and exhibition catalogs and has spoken at many national and international conferences. He was the co-founder and editor of h-arthist, the global email list for art historians within the humanities network of the University of Michigan.

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Ellen Tani

Ellen TaniAndrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow

Email: etani@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3743
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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As the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow (2015-2018), Ellen Tani works with Bowdoin faculty to fulfill the Museum’s academic program, developing lesson plans for class visits to view the museum collection as well as leading object-based teaching workshops for faculty. With a research interest in contemporary art and race theory, she is also a key member of the curatorial team in organizing interdisciplinary exhibitions, and represents the museum in local and national conversations about art, race and social justice. She earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College (2005), where she studied architecture and art history, and her Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University (2015), where she studied modern and contemporary art. She is currently developing her dissertation, “Black Conceptualism and the Atmospheric Turn, 1968-2008,” into a book-length manuscript.

Ellen’s prior museum experience includes the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. At Stanford, she held positions as both a Teaching Assistant and as a Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History, and was a graduate fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Drawing on her experience working for Artsy, she is currently spearheading a large project on developing the collection’s metadata, which will facilitate faculty and student access to the museum.

Academia.edu: https://bowdoin.academia.edu/EllenTani

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellentani

Twitter: https://twitter.com/etani1

Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/ellen-tani

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James A. Higginbotham

James A. HigginbothamAssociate Curator for the Ancient Collection

Jim Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Bowdoin College, holds a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. His scholarly interests focus on ancient Greek and Roman colonies, as well as the social history of the late Roman Republic. Professor Higginbotham was a regular member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the recipient of several fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays Research Grant to Italy and the Oscar Broneer Fellowship in Classical Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome. In addition to teaching courses in Archaeology and the Classical Languages, Professor Higginbotham has excavated Classical sites in Greece, Israel, and Italy, where he has been Field Director of the joint University of Michigan-Bowdoin College excavations at Paestum since 1993. In his capacity as Associate Curator for the Ancient Collection, Professor Higginbotham oversees the collection of antiquities housed in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Honor WilkinsonCuratorial Assistant

Email: hwilkins@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-721-5098
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Honor Wilkinson is the Curatorial Assistant and Manager of Student Programs at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. She earned her A.B. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard College (2014) and her M.St. in History of Art & Visual Culture from University of Oxford (June 2015). Both her A.B. and M.St. were focused on the art and architecture of the medieval period. Prior to coming to the BCMA she has volunteered at both the Museum of Oxford and Modern Art Oxford. She had multiple curatorial experiences while at Harvard, including working on the Curatorial Board of student exhibitions and as one of the student curators of Medieval Scrolls at Harvard exhibited at Harvard University’s Houghton Library. The curatorial team of the medieval scroll exhibition developed the corresponding online Medieval Scrolls Digital Archive, to which she contributed research as well. In addition to working on the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s exhibition programming, Honor acts as the liaison between the Bowdoin students and the Museum of Art for research, programming, and internship opportunities, while also facilitating class visits and guided tours of the exhibitions.

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Laura LatmanRegistrar and Collections Manager

Email: llatman@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3121
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Laura Latman, a native New Yorker and Colby graduate has been the Registrar at the BCMA since 2000 (and Collection Manager since 2011) having moved from New York City where she worked both at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for nearly 12 years as the Collections Registrar and at The International Center of Photography as Registrar for 2 years.  While at the Guggenheim she handled all Collection related Registrarial projects including all outgoing loans and collection-based exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, the Far East, Soviet Union and Pacific Rim. Laura was also the Registrar of several demanding projects, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s opening in late 1997, the Guggenheim New York’s after addition re-opening and the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo. She also coordinated the relocation of the permanent collection into a new state-of-the-art off-site storage facility, managed early preliminary Guggenheim projects at MassMOCA, processed the acquisitions of the Guggenheim’s extensive Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois and Robert Mapplethorpe Collections as well as the Panza Collection consisting of 100’s of minimal and conceptual art objects.  When it came to Bilbao, Laura was entrusted with the overseeing and managing of all Registrarial responsibilities for the inaugural exhibition, which involved the orchestration of staff and resources across two continents. In addition, Laura relocated to Spain for the first nine months of the museum’s operation and acted as the Head Registrar setting-up the Registrar Department. Laura was the only NY employee who lived full-time in Bilbao on behalf of the NY museum.  Laura used her New York training and experiences in 2007 to coordinate all aspects of inventorying, packing and moving Bowdoin’s entire collection from the museum to an off-site storage facility as well as to design the museum’s new storage room, spec. out the elevator and loading dock needs.  As for her current day-to-day responsibilities, in addition to her collection and exhibition responsibilities, she manages the on-line Collection Kiosk and Collection Database. Laura and Michelle have made it a priority to digitize the collection and to make information and images accessible to museum staff the Bowdoin community and the general public.

 

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Michelle HenningAssistant to the Registrar

Email: mhenning@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3873
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Michelle Henning began volunteering in the Registrar’s department in 2006, filing, documenting incoming works, and assisting where directed, primarily for organizational purposes.  With a formal science education and an active business in the making and marketing of fine craft, as well as an involvement in Maine’s fine craft community on a policy-making level, Michelle brought a broad range of skills and experience to the position of Assistant to the Registrar in early spring of 2007.  In the 6+ years since Michelle joined the Art Museum team, her responsibilities have expanded with the growth of the Museum’s ambitious exhibition schedule, and the Museum’s increased visibility.  In addition to assisting the Registrar and Collections Manager, Laura Latman, Michelle addresses all incoming Rights and Reproductions requests, as well as outgoing requests for images and film permissions from all of the Museum’s departments for use in projects originating here at the Museum. Michelle plays a major role in the continuous updating of the Museum image library.  A primary goal for the next two years is to help make the impressive collection here more visible and accessible.

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José L. Ribas

José L. RibasTechnician/Preparator

Email: jribas@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3550
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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José Ribas, Technician/Preparator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, is a native New Yorker and a member of the class of 1976 at Bowdoin. While in college, Ribas worked as an intern at the BCMA under the direction of David Becker. His study of art continued during a junior year abroad spent in Spain at the Prado. After graduation from Bowdoin, Ribas received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to continue work at the museum (1976 -1977). Following further travel to Europe, Ribas returned to Bowdoin in 1981. His training has included study of storage and packing techniques at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and paper conservation strategies at the Williamstown Conservation Center. In 2000, Ribas participated in the Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City exchange delivering medical supplies and facilitating cultural exchange with Cuba. 

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Jo HluskaAssistant Preparator

Email: jhluska@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3270
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Jo Hluska, Assistant Preparator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1992 with a major in ceramics and a minor in metal-smithing. He has worked in bronze foundries (1994-1995) and was ceramics studio manager at Hunter College in New York City (1997-2000) He served as a professional art handler at Artex from 1998-2005. While with Artex he assisted with the movement of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art collection in 2005. From 2005-2008 Hluska was at the Farnsworth as Chief Preparator. In 2008, Hluska joined the staff of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art as Assistant Preparator. He continues to work as a professional artist.

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Liza NelsonMuseum Shop Manager

Email: enelson@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-725-3126
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Liza Nelson is a graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in Art History, and did not intend to make a career in specialty retail.  One college summer as a volunteer at the National Audubon camp on Hog Island ME, however, I ran my first small shop and made a hot seller out of "weed pots" by filling them with wildflowers on the dining tables.  After college, I ran North Country Textiles (wholesale hand weavers) retail outlet in Penobscot ME and then spent 13 years with the publisher DeLorme Mapping in Freeport ME.  During my time there, SmartMoney magazine noted that Delorme's Map Store was "one of the country's best" and United Airlines featured it in their magazine.  While working full-time at DeLorme, I also earned an MA in American and New England Studies from USM.  There is an intellectual aspect to selling maps as well as art books and in both for-profit and non-profit environments the specialty retail challenge remains finding merchandise that is both relevant and salable.

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Steven Perkins

Steven PerkinsMuseum Security Supervisor

Email: sperkin2@bowdoin.edu
Phone: 207-798-4358
Work Location: Walker Art Building

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Steven Perkins is a graduate of Alfred University where he earned a BFA in 1982. He received an MFA in Painting from SUNY Albany in 1986. Before joining Museum Security in 2009, Steven was a studio artist and exhibited widely in NY and New England. He continues to work as a professional artist. Perkins is a Certified Maine Master Naturalist and does volunteer work for land trusts and the New England Wildflower Society, monitoring rare plant populations in Maine.

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