Graduate Portfolio: The Highlights

There are several projects that I have worked on throughout my time as a graduate student that I am extremely proud of. It is hard to choose favorites, as they were all quite different. The ways in which they were inspired and created were also equally diverse. It is also a difficult thing for me in particular to talk about, as due to the results of two separate technology disasters, most of my files and the examples of my work were lost. But regardless, there are certainly projects that stick out from the rest.

Nighthawk Chewie, Fall 2011

My personal favorite would have to be Nighthawk Chewie, which was created as the result of an assignment to learn the finer points of Photoshop in our Electronic Media class. It is fairly simplistic – an image of Star Wars’ Chewbacca blended into the famous Edward Hopper painting Nighthawks. It is meaningful, however, because it  represents more than just the development of my skills. It taps perfectly into my silly sense of humor, and always puts a smile on my face.

Others of my most prized portfolio accomplishments are the design elements I created for my Graduate Museum Project individual deliverable. The end result was an event plan outlining the various events surrounding the opening of my team’s fictional exhibition, Shaping Stories: Continuing Traditions for Contemporary Oceanic Artists. The design pieces were an Opening Gala invitation, and a poster advertising for entries into a student fashion and art show. Unfortunately, those pieces exist now only in hard copy. However, the skills used to create them will undoubtedly help me continue to produce good work in the future.

I am also very proud of the work I did as the Von Hess intern at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) over the summer of 2012. I worked in the Marketing and Communications department, and had the opportunity to work on many interesting projects, such as putting together content for the upcoming fall PR Calendar.

Excerpts from the BMA Fall PR Calendar

Along with these other duties, I was asked to analyze and write a report on the status of the BMA’s eNews program. The project involved data analysis, information coding, and industry research that included interviews with other institutions. The experience was very rewarding, and the result was a report that outlined the health of the program, and provided a direction and suggestions for the future.


Finally, my crowning achievement and ultimate portfolio piece would have to be my graduate thesis- Decoding the Blockbuster: Developing an Evaluation System for Feature Exhibitions in Non-Art Museums. 

Title page, inset and abstract, Decoding the Blockbuster

This thesis represents not only a year and a half of hard work work, but it also is a testament to my own determination and perseverance. After the aforementioned electronic mishaps, I had lost a good portion of my work, and had to start completely over in some cases. Rather than let that deter me, I – along with plenty of help support along the way – decided that I would do whatever it took to reach my goal anyway. At the risk of sounding maudlin, despite the continuous challenges that came my way, I refused to give up. And to be honest, that is what I am most proud of.