Grace Moorman – Alumna Spotlight
Assistant Manager of Exhibitions and Collections, UM Museum
Hometown: Madison, MS
BA in Art History, minor in Anthropology (2020)
After graduating with her BA in Art History in 2020, Grace joined the staff at the University Museum for a year-long appointment as a Recent Graduate Intern. During that year, she helped oversee the digitization of the David M. Robinson Memorial Collection, a world class collection of ancient Mediterranean (primarily Greek and Roman) antiquities. After that first year in a full-time position, Grace was hired as the Assistant Manager of Exhibitions and Collections. She is now headed to graduate school in art history at the University of Georgia.
Tell us about your work with the UM Museum.
Working on the digitization of the Robinson Collection helped me eventually decide to focus on the ancient Mediterranean in my graduate art history program. It was really such an amazing project to be a part of, and now the museum has incredible, high-quality images of these amazing ancient vases, statues, coins, jewelry, and more. Here’s a shameless plug to go and check out the museum’s website (museum.olemiss.edu) to see the objects in our online collections!
One of my favorite aspects of working with the UM Museum was that I got to do so many different things. I curated exhibitions, updated our online database, gave tours, and helped maintain our collections, among other things. No day was the same!
I decided that my time at the museum – I had been there for six years in some capacity – was coming to a close and that graduate school was the next step. I was fortunate enough to be accepted to the University of Georgia to begin my master’s degree in art history. It’s so bittersweet to be leaving the University, the museum, and Oxford, but I’m so excited for this next step in my life!
Truly, my time with the University Museum would not have been possible without my undergraduate experience in the Department of Art and Art History. Honestly, I don’t think I would be where I am with so many wonderful opportunities, including graduate school, without the museum and the art history faculty!
Read more about Grace’s time in the Department of Art and Art History, including her time as president of Vasari Society, the art history student organization, and her internships with both the UM Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.