Cara Leepson ’09 was recently appointed arts director for Palette 22, opening January 2016 within the heart of The Village at Shirlington at 4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA, 22206.
A native of Middleburg, Virginia, Leepson received her BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography and minor in museum studies from Lynchburg College. She earned her MA in Art History & Museum Studies with a focus on public programming and contemporary art from Georgetown in 2011.
Her art education and career path has taken her to Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Florence, Italy; and New York City to study and work in museums, galleries, and non-profit art centers. Leepson has garnered experience working with the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Hillyer Art Space. She has also worked at the art management firm ArtSee as Washington’s creative program director, and at Potomac, Maryland’s Glenstone as a collections assistant and docent before accepting the new director position at Palette 22. One of Leepson’s first initiatives is to spearhead two art programs that will play an integral role in launching Palette 22.
Jared Bloomquist ’15 is the new graduate assistant in the Daura Gallery. Jared is pursuing an MBA at LC.
Sarah Overman ’15 received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Museum Studies at the 2015 Academic Awards Banquet. Sarah was a student assistant in the Daura Gallery for two years, and is now on the gallery staff of Amazement Square Children’s Museum in Lynchburg.
Gibb Zea ’13 was recently featured in the article “Living the Life” in the journal Muzzleloader (July/August 2015) about the interpretive staff of Fort Ticonderoga, where Gibb is an artificer tailor.
Sarah Turner ’12 is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Sarah received her MA in Museum Studies from the University of Oregon in 2014.
Ellie Rapp ’11 was awarded a Masters degree in museum studies from the University of Leicester. Her thesis was titled “The Fancy of His Existence: Observations on Family Learning at the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London.”
John Marks ’10 is a doctoral candidate in history at Rice University, completing a dissertation examining racial identity among free people of color in the Atlantic World. He expects to defend his dissertation in Spring 2016.
Cara Rose Leepson ’09 works at Glenstone, a museum of art, architecture, and landscape in Potomac, Maryland. Cara studied at Georgetown University after completing her degree at LC.
Ashley Brown Barnes ’09 is Audio/Visual Archive Cataloguer at National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Ashley recently completed her Masters degree in museum studies at The George Washington University.
Danni Schreffler ’08 is the office manager at the Maier Museum, Randolph College. Danni was an undergraduate employee and then the graduate assistant at the Daura Gallery while completing her MA in English.
Caitlin Toynbee ’08 is a manager of annual giving for the American Society of Civil Engineers Foundation.
Nellie Gulick ’07 received her Master’s in Historic Preservation from Colorado State University in 2012.
Congratulations to Jason Powell ’05, museum curator for the U.S. Army Center for Military History at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Jason received the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for successfully relocating the U.S. Army Ordinance Museum, the largest in the history of the military branch.
Matthew Speliotis ’03 was awarded a Masters degree in history from Salem State University.