Katie Voss is the Ackland’s Administrative Assistant to the Director.
How long have you been at the Ackland?
I started working at the Ackland as a temporary employee in January 2013. In October 2013, I officially joined the Museum’s staff as the Administrative Assistant to the Director; combined, I have worked at the Ackland for a little over three years.
What brought you to the Ackland?
After graduating with my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and moving to North Carolina to be closer to loved ones, I was quickly drawn to UNC-Chapel Hill and the Ackland as I wanted to work in the non-profit sector, and because I believe in the importance of higher education and the arts.
What do you do at the Ackland?
Oftentimes, I am the first point of contact for the general public, so if you’ve ever called us, or emailed us, or stopped by the second floor offices, then you have probably interacted with me! It is my chief responsibility to establish a positive first impression with anyone who contacts us by assisting them as swiftly and accurately as possible. I also do my best to provide the same assistance for the Interim Director and Chief Curator Peter Nisbet, as well as for every one of my colleagues. In essence, I am very much a behind-the-scenes jack-of-all-trades, always answering, solving, guiding, willing, helping!
What is a memorable Ackland experience?
Usually right before an exhibition opens to the public, Peter Nisbet will lead an all-staff tour of said exhibition; I have always loved those tours not only because they’re informative but also because they offer a moment for us to appreciate the art and understand its importance.
What is your favorite thing about working at the Ackland?
I have the privilege of working with some truly amazing, intelligent, inspirational, hard-working people. We’re a tightly-knit group, the Ackland staff; we stick together, help one another, and on occasion, bond over a pizza-lunch in the break room.
SEE. MORE. ART.: What is your favorite arts experience in the Triangle?
I love going to the Durham Performing Arts Center!