June 21, 2010

Arts staff behind the scenes

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in Emory’s arts departments, programs and divisions? Here is a closer look at some of the key staff members who make the public programs possible.

Julie Delliquanti, Director, Schatten Gallery; Associate Curator of Library Exhibitions
For Julie Delliquanti every exhibition brings an extraordinary and memorable experience. However, walking through the exhibitions with Alice Walker and Rudolph P. Byrd is at the top of her list. “My work involves interpreting the research and vision of someone else, but for the Alice Walker show I was also visually translating the life of a living author…We spent two hours walking through the show and it was delightful to see her reactions to the selections of items and the aesthetic choices we made with the presentation.” Delliquanti manages and develops exhibitions for six different spaces in the Schatten Gallery and the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Gallery.

Hunter Hanger, Program Coordinator, Theater Emory
There is a lot of work that goes into the production of a single theater show, but imagine having to put together an entire season of performances. Hunter Hanger helps Theater Emory undertake such a feat. His duties range from organizing special events to coordinating guest actors’ travel to marketing the shows. Sometimes, Hanger even gets called to fill in for an actor: “A student had to drop out of ‘Oklahoma!,’ so I got a call from my boss asking if I wanted to be a cowboy in the show. I immediately jumped into rehearsals where I was singing, dancing and roping. I hope that the audience could see just how much fun we were having onstage.”

Mary Catherine Johnson, Assistant Director, Visual Arts Department & Gallery
Mary Catherine Johnson divides her time between the Visual Arts Department, which includes oversight of the studio art undergraduate curriculum, and the Visual Arts Gallery, which entails working closely with artists, scholars, donors and a curatorial committee toward the planning and implementation of exhibitions, lectures and special events that fulfill the mission to engage significant issues through contemporary visual art. One of the highlights of her work at Emory is the coordination of a major public art commission with renowned photographer Dawoud Bey that will communicate Emory’s diversity through portraits of staff, faculty and students.

Anne Walker, Office Manager, Emory Dance Program
Anne Walker is responsible for everything from designing publicity materials, managing the Emory Dance website and Facebook page and writing and managing the program’s blog, to assisting and answering questions from the 800 students that take dance classes each semester at Emory. She also manages the program’s budget and coordinates fundraising initiatives for the Friends of Dance. Despite her busy job, Walker says that she enjoys working in such a creative environment: “Faculty members often work on bits of choreography in the office, in front of my desk. It makes my job come alive, shall we say.”

Matt Williamson, Technical Coordinator, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Matt Williamson is no stranger to multi-tasking. As the technical coordinator for Emerson Concert Hall, Williamson handles all of the sound, lighting and video requirements for approximately 150 events each season. Whether an international touring artist, regional act, or music department faculty and student recitals, each event brings its own specific set of technical requirements that he must manage and implement. “For any given event, patrons may see me in the concert hall at the soundboard controlling the microphones on stage and not realize that at the same time I’m web streaming the event, recording it for radio broadcast, controlling the lights and managing the video projection,” he says.

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