Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Hussman – MA 2010

In December 2010 I graduated with an MA in Art History and a Certificate in Museum Studies. My thesis exhibition was Rural Tradition and Urban Change: The New Deal and Wisconsin Printmakers. During my time at UWM, I worked as a graduate assistant in the UWM Art History Gallery, where I gained valuable experience caring for collections, handling artwork, and organizing and installing exhibitions. In 2011 I was hired as the curatorial assistant at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska, and in 2013 I was promoted to curatorial associate. In this position I research and write for exhibitions and publications, deal with exhibition and acquisition proposals, and manage a wide variety tasks for the curatorial department. I curate a few internal and external exhibitions each year, and have the opportunity to help train docents, speak to tour groups, and give gallery talks.