Rose Art Museum announces new staff members

WALTHAM, Mass.— The staff of the Rose Art Museum continues to grow. Dabney Hailey, who has spent the past eight years at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum, will become the Rose’s director of academic programs. She joins Kristin Parker, formerly of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, who recently became the Rose’s collections manager and registrar.

“I am honored to join the Rose Art Museum at this pivotal time in the museum's history,” Dabney said. “This is an exciting opportunity to explore how the Rose's spectacular collection can be more fully integrated into the curriculum and community life at Brandeis."

During her time at the Davis Museum, Dabney served five years as curator of painting, sculpture and photography. Much of her work focused on installing the collections galleries and engaging students and faculty through curricular and non-academic programs. Most recently, she co-chaired a national symposium titled "Core Matters: A Symposium for College and University Art Museums."

“I am thrilled to have Dabney joining us here at the Rose,” said Director of Museum Operations Roy Dawes. “We could not have hoped for a better fit, and with her previous experience in a college art museum, she will be able to move us forward from day one. She and I have already discussed several exciting initiatives to integrate the museum and its collection into the curriculum and daily life of Brandeis.

“Bringing Dabney on board after the hiring of Kristin Parker as our collections manager gives us a extremely strong team as we move towards our 50th anniversary in 2011,” Dawes continued.

Parker came to the Rose in 2010 following 12 years at the Gardner Museum, where she held several roles, including archivist and collections manager, and manager of the contemporary art and public programs department. She is founder of the New England Museum Archivists Working Group and former secretary of the Society of American Archivists Museum Section, and has consulted and lectured on historical collections throughout the United States.

The Rose, having recently concluded the acclaimed exhibit, “Works from the Collection,” is currently preparing for its fall show.

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