What do you get when put a banjo player, a bagpiper, a cook, and a collector all in the same room? You get the class of 2013--SITES newest staffers!
Registrar Emily Robinson comes most recently
from The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. She has also held
exhibitions and registrar positions at the Folger Shakespeare Library
and the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum. She holds a master's
degree in cultural studies from the University of Edinburgh and a
certificate in museum studies from George Washington University. A Washington, DC,
resident for eight years, Emily is currently learning to play the banjo.
Before coming to SITES, project Director Sara Artes was at the National Park Service, where she was a museum specialist at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, TX. She has also worked at Big Bend National Park, Mary McLeod Bethune National Historic Site, and the National Park’s Heritage Documentation Programs. Sara is pursuing a doctoral degree in anthropology at American University. She collects instruments from all over the world and is currently playing and competing on the bagpipes.
Project director Kathrin V. Halpern comes from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden where she held several positions within the curatorial division. Previous positions included special projects manager for the James Renwick Alliance and registrar for the Smithsonian Associates collection of limited edition prints. Kat has a master's degree in art history from George Washington University. She enjoys picking up new cooking inspirations while traveling internationally; her most recent trip was to Iceland.
Saul Sopoci Drake, also a project director, was formerly with the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, IL, where he was curator of exhibitions and collections. He has worked in exhibitions at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Tribe Museum (a Smithsonian Affiliate) and for Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds traveling exhibit. Saul holds graduate degrees in anthropology and museum studies from the University of Wisconsin. He owns a copy of every National Geographic magazine from 1912 to present, and he has perfected the art of opening coconuts with a machete.
Project Director Carlos Martínez-Palmer heralds from the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña where he held several positions as Museum Specialist and Museographer within the Museums & Park Division. He holds graduate degrees in Visual Communication and Museography from Syracuse University, in New York, and the National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography, INAH, in México City. His interests fluctuate between deciphering the symbolism of pre-Columbian Caribbean petroglyphs and documenting recent political propaganda campaigns.