Emma deVriesEngagement Manager for Exhibitions and Programsshe/her/hers

Successful design is communication in its most distilled form. I am interested in designing exhibitions that communicate through objects a story that engages and educates diverse communities. Creating meaningful experiences with artifacts through visual storytelling is at the core of my museum work.

Previous exhibitions I have curated include Building a Narrative: Production Art and Pop Culture (2022), which highlighted under-appreciated, original art from films and evoked nostalgia in visitors. I designed displays for Nancy Crow: A Retrospective (2020) and Dualities: Emiko Toda Loeb (2019) at the International Quilt Museum (IQM). Both exhibits highlighted the artists’ unique approaches to materials and design.

Formerly I was a lecturer at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery director and an exhibition assistant at the IQM. I completed two internships at the Smithsonian — one at the National Museum of American History and one at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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  • MA, Museum Studies, University of Leicester
  • BA, Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln


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