We are pleased to announce that Mary Alice Chaney joined the Goldstein Museum of Design staff this week. Although Mary Alice is new to her role as Exhibitions Coordinator (the position previously held by Jim Dozier, who retired this fall), she is no stranger to the museum. While working on her Masters degree at UMN, Mary Alice did exhibition installation in what is now Gallery 241 for two years. In the spring of 2010, when she was a PhD candidate in Apparel Studies (with a minor in Museum Studies), she served as the GMD Communications Assistant. She also completed an internship here at the museum where she studied the deaccessioning process. Her dissertation was on Hmong baby carriers in Minnesota, which grew out of her Master's work in Hmong textiles. She later wrote an article on world baby carriers for the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.
While she was completing her dissertation, Mary Alice had an internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. She then went on to a position at the Beverly Historical Society in Beverly, Massachusetts. There, she started work on a comprehensive inventory of their textile collection, including dresses from the early 1800s.
Mary Alice will be planning and installing exhibitions in both Gallery 241 in McNeal Hall and the HGA Gallery in Rapson Hall. She will also be working with the museum's collection. Please join us in welcoming her back!