Meet the Staff: Brian Fletcher

BRIAN FLETCHER is a Security Guard at the Ackland Art Museum.

How long have you been at the Ackland?

Since October 2011.

What brought you to the Ackland?

I had recently come to the university as a part-time contract guard through the Department of Public Safety, looking after various parking decks, dormitories, and other campus buildings-mostly third shift, overnight hours. I was approached by one of my supervisors, Steve Riddle, about some available hours at the Ackland Art Museum. I took him up on the offer, as I have always loved art — my late grandmother was a gifted oil painter, I took several art classes during my time at Campbell University, and I paint acrylics when time allows. The prospect of no longer starting my day at three o’clock in the afternoon or going to bed with the neighborhood rooster crowing didn’t discourage me either. I quickly came to really enjoy the Ackland and the people here. I learned that there was an opening for a full-time security officer, so I applied. I became a full-time guard here in January of 2012.

Our First Full-time Curator of Asian Art

BradleyBailey_2The Ackland is thrilled to have announced recently that we have hired our first full-time curator of Asian art.

Bradley Bailey will come to us on 2 November 2015 from the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. With a broad background in Asian art, Bailey is a specialist in the art of Japan, focusing on the Meiji period (1868-1912) and artistic relations between Japan and the West.

Read more about Bradley Bailey here.

 

A Warm Welcome

As you all know, the Ackland is constantly striving to improve, and today I’m delighted to introduce to you a very concrete example of the ways in which we are moving from strength to strength: Meghan Hunt has recently joined us as our Manager of Membership Services. She will be dedicated to enhancing and expanding our programming and activities for you, our loyal and essential members. I know she’ll be in touch with many of you to learn more about what you most value in your association with the Ackland, about what more we can do to make the membership experience rewarding, and about how we can best increase the number of art enthusiasts who enjoy the benefits of our offerings. And I encourage you to be in touch with her with your thoughts and suggestions. Meghan, a Carolina alumna from the Class of 2011, comes to us from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she worked in development. She previously served as staff assistant for US Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL).  Please join me in giving Meghan a very warm welcome to the Ackland team.

 
Peter Nisbet
Ackland Art Museum Chief Curator and Interim Director

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As a UNC student and now as an employee, I have passed by the Ackland Art Museum many times on my way to Franklin Street. It is a treasure on the UNC campus. As the Manager of Membership Services, it will be my pleasure not only to provide wonderful experiences for you, our current members, but also to bring new members into the fold and share with them all the wonders the Ackland holds. I look forward to meeting many of you at the Spring Luncheon on Monday, 4 May, and learning about your favorite aspect of the Ackland. You can reach me at meg_hunt@unc.edu.

With warm Carolina wishes,


Meghan Hunt
Manager of Membership Services

Meet the Staff: Katie Voss

Get to know the Ackland Art Museum staff! Katie Voss is the receptionist and Administrative Assistant to the Director at the Ackland Art Museum, and is probably the most visible of the behind-the-scenes staff. Voss, a recent college graduate who is fluent in French, enjoys the fast-paced work environment. She spoke with Sarah Headley about her hobbies and her role at the museum.

katieVossWhere are you from?
Grand Rapids Michigan. I’m a Yankee and far from home.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
I went to the University of Michigan and doubled in French and Linguistics. I’m definitely a language person. I graduated in four years and studied abroad in Southern France. Continue reading