Rachel Heisler

Rachel Heisler

Name: Rachel Heisler
Position: Assistant Curator of Education, Academic Programs
Email Address: rheisler@nd.edu

What is the most rewarding aspect of your position?:
Seeing how students use the Museum! I love to stumble upon students lying on the floor studying in front of a work of art, hearing conversations about an exhibition between two friends, and seeing students touring their parents through the space pointing out works they learned about in class or a favorite of theirs that they saw at a program. Museums aren't inherently comfortable spaces for all, but I love to welcome students to the Snite by showing them around, answering their questions, and talking through the endless possibilities of how they can engage with the Museum.

How did you get into museum work?: 
It took me until college to be exposed to art museums when I interned at my college art museum when I was studying K-12 art education. In the museum, I was able to learn about the collection from the curators and educators along with designing programs for students and families. This was a great opportunity to take what I was learning in my education classes and think about how to transition it to the museum setting. From there I was hooked and have been fortunate to continue to work in education but with an older audience.

Favorite work in the Snite Museum of Art?:
Emmi Whitehorse's Pollination. I was fortunate to see this work when I first started at the Museum and it sticks with me today. When I first saw it I was struck by the saturated colors and the use of delicate lines that make up seeds, flowers, and abstracted forms. It's a great work to find yourself in front of.