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Name: Alex Schaufele
Position: Assistant Curator of Education, Public Programs
Email Address: email@example.com
What is the most rewarding aspect of your position?:
I love getting to hear all the new ways our collection is interpreted every single day. Working primarily with K-12 students is always an adventure and they bring a fresh perspective to every conversation.
How did you get into museum work?:
I used to be an artist, by that I mean, I trained in studio art with a focus on fibers and conceptual installation. My work dealt with time, memory, and the space those hold in our lives. Then my own life shifted and during that transition, I started more deeply exploring how other people interact with art; I ran a gallery and now I'm an art educator. That winding career path brought me here to the Snite Museum of Art. So, I used to be an artist and now I get to share the lives and works of many artists with people every day.
Favorite work in the Snite Museum of Art?:
Picking a favorite artwork is nearly impossible when there are nearly 30,000 to choose from! That being said, I do really enjoy Star Quarters, Panel #1 by Robert Rauschenberg (1988.050). It's not currently on view but I encourage you to look up the series it is a part of. The images are screen printed on a mirror and tie the real to the imagined superimposed under constellations equally as improbable. Star Quarters is a work you can keep looking at and always seeing something new, especially when it reflects your surroundings.