RESUME

Erin Whitney

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SEATTLE, WA, 2009

Master of Arts, Museology             

Thesis: Preservation, Access, and Digital Connections: Processing the Blanche Payne Yugoslav and Other Regional Costume Photograph and Drawing Collection

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE STATION, TX, 2006

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology & Minor in English, Cum Laude

EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE, LOS ANGELES, CA

ABC-CLIO, Writer, 2017

  • Wrote article about Kurds in Transcaucasia and Russia for the online encyclopedia, The Kurds: An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society to be published in early 2018

 

Pineapple Mama Vintage, Brand Consultant, 2016

  • Developed Shopify online store for vintage store in Hollywood, CA
  • Directed site asset development
  • Consulted on social media strategy

 

THE LUMIERE GROUP, SEATTLE, WA

Microsoft Art Collection, Interpretation Manager, 2015–2016

  • Managed outreach department of the Microsoft Art Collection
  • Forecasted and tracked annual outreach budget
  • Redesigned and implemented updated outreach plan
  • Researched artwork and wrote interpretive content
  • Managed websites and social media accounts for collection
  • Developed and updated regular content for internal applications, Facebook and Instagram
  • Worked with designers to do major modifications and troubleshooting on custom internal sites
  • Evaluated audience engagement metrics for events and sites
  • Wrote and disseminated email communications and event invitations to targeted audiences
  • Cultivated community partnerships
  • Attended events within art community to foster new relationships
  • Coordinated programs and events
  • Arranged internal exhibitions on a shifting, fast-paced schedule for collection of 5,000 contemporary artworks
  • Presented to clients about offerings of the collection

 

ARTECH FINE ART SERVICES, SEATTLE, WA

Microsoft Art Collection Consultant, 2010–2015

  • Oversaw legal activities for and documentation about artwork in the collection
  • Managed artwork documentation, data entry, location, condition, storage, and handling
  • Migrated data from Sharepoint to TMS database
  • Managed rights and reproductions, photography and digital imaging programs for the collection
  • Published catalog for 25th Anniversary of the collection, including writing interpretive content and sourcing images
  • Worked with designer to design custom self-guided tour maps of major art installations on the Microsoft campus
  • Provided data and information for internal technical partnerships
  • Wrote policies and procedures in line with current best practices

 

CLAVILUX.ORG, SEATTLE, WA

Contract Collections Project Manager, 2009–2010

  • Preserved, documented, and photographed an extensive art collection
  • Created a custom database in FileMaker Pro to track collection

 

JAMES & JANIE WASHINGTON FOUNDATION, SEATTLE, WA

Collections Intern, 2008

  • Inventoried over 800 objects at the historic Washington House and Studio
  • Installed artwork for exhibition at Northwest African American Museum

 

HENRY ART GALLERY, SEATTLE, WA

Photography Collections Intern, 2008

  • Cataloged collection of Andy Warhol photographs and other contemporary paper works, including research and interpretation

 

BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM, BELLEVUE, WA

On-call Registration Intern, 2008

  • Photographed, condition reported, and documented artwork for temporary exhibitions

 

BURKE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND CULTURE, SEATTLE, WA

Registration Intern, 2008

  • Created and updated accession records in ARGUS
  • Processed accessions and abandoned loans
  • Compiled materials for traveling exhibitions

 

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON LIBRARIES SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, SEATTLE, WA

Visual Materials Assistant, 2007–2009

  • Wrote online finding aids and interpretive information
  • Arranged, documented, and preserved historic visual materials collections

 

CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN, AUSTIN, TX

Exhibitions/Registration Intern, 2006–2007

  • Packed and documented artwork for rotating gallery exhibitions
  • Prepared gallery for exhibition
  • Created and distributed marketing materials for exhibitions

 

STAR OF THE REPUBLIC MUSEUM AT WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS, WASHINGTON, TX

Collections Intern, 2006

  • Worked on ongoing cataloging project of artifacts from the archaeological site of San Felipé de Austin, the first capitol of Stephen F. Austin’s Texas colony
  • Labeled, weighed, and recorded the catalogue numbers of pottery and glass sherds, as well as other artifacts

 

BRAZOS VALLEY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, BRYAN, TX

Intern and Employee, 2005–2006

  • Worked cross-departmentally in the education, visitor services, and collections departments on a variety of projects
  • Catalogued educational collections of biological materials
  • Created an exhibit about bears
  • Organized displays of artifacts from the Frithiof Fossil Collection
  • Cared for animals in the Discovery Room
  • Assisted teachers during Summer Camp classes and taught a class about dinosaurs during an elementary school field trip
  • Attended the front desk and museum store
  • Completed administrative tasks such as making bank deposits and buying educational supplies

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

SOUND TRANSIT, SEATTLE, WA

Sound Transit Art Program (STart) Panel, 2016

  • Participated in panel to select artists for public commissions, to be displayed at the Overlake Village light rail station in Redmond, WA

 

CITY OF REDMOND, REDMOND, WA

2015 Arts Season Review Panel, 2014

  • Recommended grant recipients and allocations to Redmond Arts Commission for funding support to community art projects

 

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON LIBRARIES, SEATTLE, WA

Visual Materials Volunteer, 2009–2014

  • Curated selection of 1,200 materials from Blanche Payne collection to be digitized
  • Wrote metadata for CONTENTdm database records
  • Launched digital collection site and generated historic, biographical, and technical content. View at: http://content.lib.washington.edu/payneweb/index.html

 

membership

IAPWE WRITER, 2017–present

FREELANCERS UNION, 2017–present

WORKING WOMEN’S CLUB, 2016–present

ARTS FOR LA, 2016–present

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS, 2016–present

WESTERN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION, 2016–present

REGISTRARS COMMITTEE WESTERN REGION, 2010–present

AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS, 2008–present

 

SKILLS

  • Research, writing, and editing
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Social media and website management
  • Digital imaging practice and standards
  • Rights and reproductions knowledge
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Suite
  • Content management systems (CMS), including:
    • Sharepoint Online
    • Squarespace
    • Shopify
    • The Museum System (TMS)
    • PastPerfect
    • FileMaker Pro
    • CONTENTdm
    • ARGUS