Associate Director of the Madison Art Collection

soenksvm@jmu.edu

Contact Info

EDUCATION
M.A. Tufts University
Art History

B.S. University of Mary Washington
Psychology

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Museum Education and Interpretation
Japanese Art History
Textiles
Exhibition C
uration
Interactives in the Museum
Arts-Related Public Programing

COURSES TAUGHT
Museum internships with the Lisanby Museum

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Textiles of Japan: The Thomas Murray Collection. Hong Kong: Hali Publications, 2018.

“Cultural Threads: The Didactic Nature of Okinawan Textiles,” Textiles Asia, Volume 7, Issue 1, May 2015

“Ainu Textiles: Weaving Religious Belief,” Textiles Asia, Volume 4, Issue 1, May 2012

Woven Identities of Japan: Kimono and Costume, Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, November 2011

Woven Identities of Japan: Ainu and Okinawan Textiles, Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, September 2011

RECENT GUEST LECTURES

2016 “Bingata: When Art and Culture Collide," at the Textile Museum at George Washington University

2015 “Ever-Changing: Designing Educational Programming for the Non-Collecting Museum” presentation with Janine Okmin, Megan Robertson, and Jaime Thompson at the annual conference of the National Education Association.

SERVICE

Friends of Nashville Ballet Board, 2015 – 2017

  • Young Professional Liaison Chair, 2015

Membership Engagement Chair, 2016

Sister Cities of Nashville, Kamakura Committee, 2015 – 2017

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, Planning Committee, 2015 – 2017

Nashville Symphony Associate Board, 2016

  • Social Committee Chair

Junior League, 2015 – 2017

  • Project Chair, Nashville Children’s Theatre

HONORS AND AWARDS

2018 Tennessee Association of Museums Award of Excellence for Best Audio Visual Exhibition Component -  “Power and Propaganda: A World War I Interactive”

2018 Tennessee Association of Museums Award of Excellence for Best Special Event -  “Ritual in Action: Making a Mandala”

2017 Tennessee Association of Museums Award of Excellence for Audio-Visual Component for “Samurai: Fact or Fiction?”

 

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