As we gear up for an exciting and busy fall season, The Wolfsonian is pleased to welcome the following new staff members.
Victoria King, assistant registrar for loans and exhibitions
Victoria comes to the registration department with eight years of experience in several departments at the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. Her most recent position was in the curatorial department as the assistant to the deputy director/chief curator. Her responsibilities there included managing the logistics of relocating the collection to a new museum facility and implementing the collection database migration to a new software system. At The Wolfsonian she will oversee the management of collections-related issues for exhibitions and loans and will work closely with staff members in the areas of exhibitions, curatorial, and research. She received her undergraduate degree in fine arts from the Ringling College of Art and Design and a master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Christian Larsen, curator
Christian brings to The Wolfsonian a focus on Latin American design from 1800 to 2000 as well as on American and European architecture and design from 1900 to 2000. He is currently at work on his Ph.D. dissertation in the field of decorative arts, design history, and material culture from Bard Graduate Center, titled Aquarela do Brasil: Transnational Flows of Brazilian Design and Material Culture. Prior to enrolling in the doctorate program, Christian worked for eight years at the Museum of Modern Art in the department of architecture & design. While at Bard and MoMA he curated several shows including the MoMA exhibitions Ateliers Jean Prouvé and 50 Years of Helvetica. His publications include two chapters in the forthcoming volume History of Design, Decorative Arts, and Material Culture 1400–2000 (Yale University Press). He has also taught, with his most recent teaching experience being the graduate-level course Survey of Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture I and II at the Bard Graduate Center.
Lea Nickless, collections specialist
The museum recently expanded to downtown Miami thanks to a generous gift of office space and promised objects from Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.; that gift brought with it Lea Nickless, the collections manager and curator of the downtown space since 2004. She will continue to work in that capacity as a Wolfsonian employee. Lea’s wealth of experience in the field encompasses arts education, including serving as the coordination of education and community outreach for Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and as education coordinator at The Wolfsonian in the mid-1990s, where among other projects she developed the museum’s long-running Page at a Time program. Lea is also a watercolor, book, and textile artist. She is a graduate of Scripps College, from which she received a bachelor’s degree in studio arts.
Jessica Kennedy, manager of youth learning and engagement
As the point person for K–12 and youth educational programs, Jessica develops outreach materials for schools, leads school tours, and implements youth and family programs. She has an extensive background in education and the arts, having worked with museums and schools for several years. Most recently, she served as assistant curator of education for public programs at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. She has taught and worked with students in a variety of educational settings and ranging in age from K–12 through undergraduate, including teaching at the University of Florida and Kansas State University. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida where she studied art history and women’s studies, then attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from which she received a master’s degree in modern art history, theory and criticism. From there she went on to receive a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, and then a master’s of arts in teaching from Lewis & Clark College.
New staff members, from left, Victoria King, Christian Larsen, Lea Nickless, and Jessica Kennedy
Photo: David Almeida