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Alumni Profiles

Kathryn Waggener ’05, The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

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While working at F&M's Phillips Museum of Art, I fell in love with the process of planning and executing exhibitions, solidifying my career path as one set on Museums and Museum Education.

I currently work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city as an Education Programs Associate in Exhibitions and Communication, a division of the Education department.

My work focuses on developing programs associated with the Met's ever-changing special-exhibition schedule.

I meet with educators and curators to brainstorm about programming for upcoming special exhibitions, write press materials for these programs and build bridges between the Education department and the whole of the institution.

My experience at F&M, specifically the close relationships with professors, allowed me to more fully develop my research projects. Through the encouragement of mentors in the Art & Art History and Russian departments, I was able to conduct research in Austria, Bulgaria, and Russia.

This work opened my eyes to the broader economic and socio-political issues affecting current art markets, and the extensive role art education can play in understanding how cultural identity develops and clashes across the globe.

After three years of being with the Met, I am about to enter graduate school at Columbia University's Teachers College for a Master of Education degree with a museum concentration.

Although I'll continue to work at the Met while getting my degree, my heart is with the power of small, local institutions and museums, and I plan to ultimately return to such an intimate setting. Big possibilities come in small packages.