The Harvard Art Museums staff not only curates, catalogues, conserves, promotes, and protects great works of art—they create them, too! The annual Staff Art Show allows artists on staff to share their works in an exhibition installed right in our office hallway. From July through October, editors on their way to consult with curators or archivists stopping by IT encounter a display of works that remind them of their colleagues’ many talents.
“I think it’s a wonderful community event to have at the museums,” said Collections Assistant Don McPhee. “It’s great to share what I do with coworkers and to see how devoted everyone is to their craft. Working with so many people connected to art and art-making spurs me on to make work, look at work, and enjoy it.”
The types of work on display are as varied as the departments from which they came: ceramic bowls from Assistant Curator Laura Muir, a silkscreen print from Mailroom Clerk Ansis Purins, photography by Conservation Technician Barbara Owens, and mixed-media sculpture—a ukulele fashioned from a turpentine can, which she encouraged people to play—by Exhibit Assistant-Specialist Jill Comer.
While the show is not open to the public, you can see photos of the Staff Art Show taken during the opening reception on Flickr.