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Michele Frederick2019Ph.D. Profile Alumnus/Graduate Alumni/frederick-michele-2020.jpgAssociate Curator of European Art, North Carolina Museum of Art<p>For almost a year, I have served as one of two Associate Curators of European Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh. The NCMA is a unique institution among American museums, as it is mostly funded and operated by the state government. I have always had a passion for and interest in museum work, and the opportunities provided by the University of Delaware’s Curatorial Track Ph.D. (CTPhD) program in Art History—including internships, fellowships and the development of an object-based dissertation—were all essential to my success in stepping into a curatorial role. </p><p>At the NCMA, my colleague and I are responsible for the museum’s European art collection of more than 500 paintings, sculptures and furnishings produced in Europe before 1900. The responsibilities of a curator are incredibly varied, which is one of the things that most interested me in museum work; there is never a day where I do exactly the same thing as the day before. Already in my brief time at the NCMA, I have redesigned a permanent collection gallery, given tours and lectures, responded to numerous public inquiries related to our collection and works in private collections, completed interviews for social media, evaluated loan requests and conservation priorities, organized an exhibition from our collection, drafted multiple scholarly articles and added a work to the permanent collection. All of this and more fall under the scope of the curator’s responsibilities. </p><p>My diverse coursework at the University of Delaware—supported most directly by multiple faculty members who specialize in the Early Modern period—and the fellowships and travel that I completed during my six years in the CTPhD program have allowed me to develop an international network and have pushed my understanding of what is possible both within academia and outside of it. Just as our understanding and acceptance of the standard “European canon” of art history is being, rightly, reevaluated, museums across the country, including the NCMA, are in the midst of a sea change. I am grateful to have entered the field at this moment when museums are working to expand who and what is represented in our great institutions, whom art reaches, and what it can mean for us in the modern age.  </p> Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=8

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  • University of Delaware
  • 318 Old College
  • Newark, DE 19716 USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8415