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Current Authors

JC Bigornia   Amanda Blake   Sarah Coffey   Amy Copeland

Nicole Stutzman Forbes   Jessica Fuentes   Andrea Goins   Melissa Gonzales

Leah Hanson   Josh Rose   Danielle Schulz

Former Authors

Amanda Batson   Ashley Bruckbauer   Hannah Burney   Karen Colbert   Amy Elms

Shannon Karol   Jessica Kennedy   Molly Kysar   Loryn Leonard   Jenny Marvel

Hayley Prihoda   Alex Vargo   Amy Wolf   Pilar Wong  Amelia Wood   Holly York


Current Authors



JC Bigornia

C3 Program Coordinator
(At the DMA since 1999)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I work primarily on studio programs for weekends and Late Nights. I also work on programs for tweens and teens and home school families. Recently I’ve been able to work on educational interactives for use in our galleries.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • If I wasn’t working at the Museum I would love to make and sell my own creations.
  • I finally made it to Austin after fourteen years of living in Texas. About time!
  • I have never been to New York. (Maybe in another fourteen years)

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Untitled (big/small figure), Tom Friedman, 2004
  • Untitled #21, Karel Funk, 2006
  • Murnau, Burggrabenstrasse 1, 1908, Wassily Kandinsky, 1908

Three things on my desk…

  • Dozens of out of date art supply catalogs
  • Graffiti panels from our teen street art camp
  • The biggest PEZ dispenser you have ever seen

A Haiku about me…

Saturday morning
Fill my head with dreams unto
Giant robots flee



Amanda Blake

Head of Family, Access, and School Experiences (At the DMA since 2006)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I oversee all the teaching that takes place in the Museum and work with a fantastic team to implement programs for families, visitors with special needs, students, and teachers. I am passionate about creating inclusive educational experiences for all visitors and love getting to know each and every one.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • My dog, George Costanza, and I love spending time together and enjoy going swimming, participating in therapy dog visits, and practicing agility.
  • I have a large collection of gnomes, kissing animals, and teacups that say ‘Think of Me.’
  • I love learning about different types of plants and can easily spend an entire afternoon digging in my garden.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Mink and Mannequin, Reginald Marsh, 1940
  • Odalisque (Hey, Hey Frankenthaler), Lynda Benglis, 1969
  • Untitled (Perfect Lovers), Félix González-Torres, 1987-1990

Three things on my desk…

  • Piles of papers and folders
  • A photo of my husband and dog
  • A paw print painting created by my dog and me

A Haiku about me…

Up and down the stairs
Searching for a work of art
Found—mission complete



Sarah Coffey

Education Coordinator
(At the DMA since 2010)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I help the Education Division in any way I am needed, from keeping stats to assisting with the DMA Friends program to pitching in on special projects. I also coordinate our McDermott Internship Program, organizing and planning to ensure the interns’ time with us is well spent.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I may have been British in a prior life, because I love England, the British Royal Family, and especially the Tudor Period.
  • I have a slight obsession with shoes and used them as a theme for my wedding, complete with a realistic sneaker cake.
  • I have visited the sites of two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and the Colossus of Rhodes. I hope to visit the rest someday!

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Cocktail Shaker, International Silver Company, 1928
  • Grey Blue & Black-Pink Circle, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1929
  • Delta Kappa, Morris Louis, 1960

Three things on my desk…

  • A small blue clay elephant made by one of my fellow McDermott Interns during the last week of our internship
  • A British flag centerpiece from my bridal shower—it was Royal Wedding themed!
  • A Doggie Gaga mini dog (with bacon footwear) from the January 2012 Late Night studio creations

A Haiku about me…

Traveling, learning
History is all around
Museums, my guide



AmyCopelandAmy Copeland

Manager of Go van Gogh and Community Teaching (At the DMA since 2005)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I coordinate Go van Gogh outreach in its many incarnations—the elementary school program, summer library and rec center outreach, and community festival participation. I do everything from scheduling programs and prepping supplies to developing curricula and training volunteers. I most relish the teaching that is part of my job.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I love word games—Scrabble, especially.
  • My first museum job was in a science & history museum. I worked with students in a hands-on lab, where I learned fun things like how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen. (It’s easier than you think!)
  • I’m a huge basketball enthusiast and often dream of doing color commentary for NBA games on ESPN.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Untitled, Clyfford Still, 1964
  • Un ballo in maschera, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, 2004
  • Jokla Series, Olafur Eliasson, 2004

Three things on my desk…

  • Dirk Nowitski bobble-head made for me by a colleague
  • More Post-Its than I will ever need
  • Large-ish, student-made sculpture of a tube of toothpaste. It was in my office when I started at the Museum and now I can’t part with it!  It reminds me of a Claes Oldenburg soft sculpture, which I love.

A Haiku about me…

Six feet tall, teaching
All around Dallas, I drive
Go van Gogh van, go



Nicole Nicole Stutzman Forbes

Chair of Learning Initiatives and the Dallas Museum of Art League Director of Education
(At the DMA since 1999)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I oversee the DMA’s amazing and talented Education team. We bring together people, art, and ideas in pursuit of enjoyable and transformative experiences.  I’m partial to partnerships for the possibility of exchange and experimentation, and technology tools are a growing interest.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • A lover of mid-century modernity, my china cabinet is full of Russel Wright American Modern originals and a recent birthday gift was a 1952 Electrolux Model LX vacuum cleaner.
  • I sewed clothes for 10-years in 4-H growing up and now consider myself a “Sunday seamstress”.
  • I would like to learn to read music, sing, and play the harmonica.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Electrolux “Model 30” Vacuum Cleaner, Lurelle Guild for Electrolux Corporation, designed 1937
  • Wall panel with figure of a slain shaman, Indonesia (Mentawai Islands), c. 1900
  • Untitled, Clyfford Still, 1964

Three things on my desk…

  • Piles: my organizational system
  • A box of Three Stars Safety Matches like the one included in a Gerald Murphy painting at the DMA
  • A sparkly hot pink ruler gifted to me by my ever cool predecessor

A Haiku about me…

I go with the flow
Big window in my office
Art, my antidote



Jessica Fuentes

C3 Gallery Coordinator
(At the DMA since 2012)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…My job involves researching future artworks to be housed in the Center for Creative Connections and developing interactives to be installed with those works of art.  I also plan the Late Night Art Bytes program, which allows me to bring together my passions for art and technology.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I have an amazing six-year-old daughter and we enjoy collaborating on artworks and research.
  • I love to travel. My favorite country that I have visited is Uruguay and I would love to go back and live there some day.
  • I am a photographer. When I’m not creating photographic works of art, I am documenting my life through photos.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Phase of Nothingness  Water, Nobuo Sekine, 1969/2005/2012
  • Watch, Gerald Murphy, 1925
  • A213 Symik, Jackie Ferrara, 1980

Three things on my desk…

  • Art created by my daughter
  • A coffee mug (tea for me) with “A Brief History of Art,” ranging from 15000 BCE – 2000
  • A small pair of 3D glasses

A Haiku about me…

Artist, teacher, mom,
I am not three, I am one:
creative expert



Andrea Severin Goins

Interpretation Manager
(At the DMA since 2012)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I work closely with colleagues in the education, exhibitions, and curatorial departments, to develop content about exhibitions and works of art in our collection. I write online teaching materials, create smARTphone tour stops, and edit wall text. I am constantly reading, researching, and learning new things!

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • If I wasn’t a museum educator, I would be an aspiring country music singer (even though I cannot hold a tune or play the guitar.)
  • My dog Artemisia Gentileschi (Artie) is named after the Baroque painter.
  • I was a vegetarian for almost twenty years, until I realized how much I loved bacon.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Genesis, the Gift of Life, Miguel Covarrubias, 1954
  • One and Three Chairs (Ety.), Joseph Kosuth, 1965
  • Four Wooden Sculptures (Vier Holzplastiken) (recto)/ Ice Skater (Schlittschuhläufer) (verso), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1912

Three things on my desk…

  • My planner
  • A yellow ceramic duck
  • A yoga frog lamp, Namaste!

A Haiku about me…

Child Andi dreamed of
Living under museum’s stairs
Art all around me



MelissaMelissa Nelson Gonzales

C3 Gallery Manager
(At the DMA since 2002 + 1998-1999)

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I love any kind of Asian food, especially sushi.
  • I’ve often daydreamed about being able to figure skate, sing (well), and design my own clothes.
  • I once went abseiling (otherwise known as rappelling in the U.S.) down a 20 meter waterfall in the Blue Mountains, Australia, which was simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating.

Favorite three works in the DMA… Do I have to choose?

  • The world won’t listen, a video installation by Phil Collins (no, not the Phil Collins from the band Genesis), 2007
  • Ugolino and His Sons, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1860 (cast in 1871)
  • Untitled (big/small figure), Tom Friedman, 2004

Three things on my desk…

  • An art project that I made at Lucky Star Art Camp, a sleepaway camp for women!
  • Pictures of Eli, my little boy
  • Perpetual clutter

A Haiku about me…

Spending time with friends
Watching movies, volleyball
My favorite things



Leah Hanson

Manager of Early Learning Programs
(At the DMA since 2008)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…Most days, you are likely to find me sitting on the floor in the museum galleries surrounded by toddlers and preschoolers. I play many games of “I Spy” with works of art, read pictures books, and have even made chocolate play dough, all to help young children discover art.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • My trusty sewing machine and I spend lots of quality time together—I love making aprons, quilts, and bags.
  • I was once an extra on an episode of The West Wing.
  • I can still sing the song I learned in 5th grade to memorize the preamble to the United States Constitution.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Ivy in Flower, Henri Matisse, 1953
  • The outside of inside, Olafur Eliasson, 2008
  • Window with Starfish (“Spring”) and Window with Sea Anemone (“Summer”), Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1885-1895

Three things on my desk…

  • A mason jar of buttons
  • A pile of children’s books
  • A drawing of Arturo made by one of my little friends

A Haiku about me…

Criss-cross applesauce
Eyes on me and list’ning ears
I’ve got {preschool} game



Josh RoseJosh

Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs
(At the DMA since May 2014 + 2004-2008)

Me and My Job in 50 words or less…I work primarily with the Museum’s amazing docents, coordinating training and tour strategies for their use in the galleries.  I also work on teaching guides and teacher workshops.  I am passionate about finding ways to bring students and educators together with the DMA’s encyclopedia collection and special exhibitions!

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I have a BFA in Painting, but rarely make art anymore.
  • I am something of a tech geek and find playing around with devices and software relaxing and enlightening.
  • I am an Air Force Brat who lived in six different states growing up.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Outside the Print-Seller’s Shop, Honoré Daumier, c. 1860-63
  • Untitled (Perfect Lovers), Félix Gonzélez-Torres, 1987-90
  • The Crossing, Bill Viola, 1996

Three things on my desk…

  • Drawings by my awesome daughter, including an extra special Father’s Day card depicting me beside the TARDIS
  • Books, file folders, and stacks of paper
  • A Rocketeer action figure

A Haiku about me…

I see around me
The poetry and beauty
Of everyday things.



Danielle Schulz

Teaching Specialist
(At the DMA since 2012)

Me and my job in 50 words or less…I am lucky enough to help coordinate our diverse educational programs for families and visitors with special needs. On any given day, you might find me exploring art with little ones, sharing stories with adults with early on-set dementia, or engaging with children and their families during our home school program.

Three things about me but not about my work…

  • I studied Anthropology in college and, as a result, wished to move to Africa to study monkeys & apes.
  • I floated in a hot air balloon during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
  • I love to crochet and sew…a lot.

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • That Gentleman, Andrew Wyeth, 1960
  • Pair of Lokapalas (Heavenly Guardians), Chinese Tang dynasty, c. 700-750
  • Untitled (Toothpicks), Tara Donovan, 2004

Three things on my desk…

  • Dia de los Muertos sugar skull
  • Glue stick (you never know when you need one)
  • Green tea

A Haiku about me…

Adventures ahead
New town, new experience
Cowboy boots ready


Former Authors


Amanda Batson

C3 Program Coordinator, 2012-2014

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Dorothy, John Singer Sargent, 1900
  • Orange, Red and Red, Mark Rothko, 1962
  • Dancing on the Water Lilies of Life, John Alexander, 1988

Ashley Bruckbauer

McDermott Intern for Programs and Resources for Teachers, 2010-2011

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Along the Seine, Winter, Childe Hassam, 1887
  • Portrait of Isabelle Lemonnier, Édouard Manet, 1879
  • Farm Near Duivendrecht, in the Evening, Piet Mondrian, c. 1916 (Reprise of a compositional Series from 1905-1908)

Hannah Burney

Community Teaching Programs Assistant, 2011-2012

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Shiva Nataraja, India: Chola Dynasty, 11th century
  • Portrait of a Young Woman, Amedeo Modigliani, 1916-1919
  • Seasickness at the Bal, on Board an English Corvette (Le mal de mer, au bal, abord d’une corvette Anglaise), Francois-Auguste Biard, 1860s

Karen Colbert

McDermott Intern for Teaching Programs, 2010-2011

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Anna Cooper Lawrence, Annette Lawrence, 1997
  • Soul Three, Romare Bearden, 1968
  • Sleepy Baby, Mary Cassatt, 1910

Amy Elms

McDermott Intern for Visitor Engagement, 2013-14

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Art Beauty Shoppe, Isaac Soyer, 1934
  • Genesis, the Gift of Life, Miguel Covarrubias, 1954
  • The Icebergs, Frederic Edwin Church, 1861

Shannon Karol

Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs, 2007-2013

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Art Beauty Shoppe, Isaac Soyer, 1934
  • Cathedral, Jackson Pollock, 1947
  • Helmet Mask (mukenga), Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, mid 20th century

Jessica Kennedy

McDermott Intern for Gallery Teaching, 2011-2012

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Celestial Centerpiece, Robert J. King, designer; Albert G. Roy, maker; International Silver Company, manufacturer; 1964
  • Ice Cream Hatchet, Gorham Manufacturing Company, c. 1880
  • Watch, Gerald Murphy, 1925

Molly Kysar

Head of Teaching Programs, 2000-2010

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • The Countess of Montsoreau and her Sister as Diana and an Attendant, Nicolas de Largillière, c.1710-14, the Rosenberg Collection
  • Martelé dressing table and stool, William C. Codman for Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1899
  • Vishnu as Varaha, India, 10th century

Loryn Leonard

Coordinator of Museum Visits, 2011-2012

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • That Gentleman, Andrew Wyeth, c.1960
  • Two-handled Dish and Spoon, Charles R. Ashbee, c.1901-1906
  • Chest of Drawers, Japan, c. 1600

Jenny Marvel

Manager of Programs and Resources for Teachers, 2002-2011

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Drought Stricken Area, Alexandre Hogue, 1934
  • The Icebergs, Frederic Edwin Church, 1861
  • Tennessee Stone Ring, Richard Long, 1984

Hayley Prihoda

McDermott Intern for Gallery and Community Teaching, 2013-14

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1909
  • Skyway, Robert Rauschenberg, 1963
  • The First Thorns of Knowledge (Les premieres epines de la science), Hugues Merle, 1864

Alex Vargo

McDermott Intern for Gallery Teaching, 2012-2013

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Seated Figure on Square Steps, Henry Moore, 1980 (and the other Henry Moore maquettes)
  • Phase of Nothingness – Water, Nobuo Sekine, 1969/2005/2012
  • Whistling Boy, Frank Duveneck, c. 1870s

Amy Wolf

Coordinator of Gallery Teaching, 2009-2011

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Along the Seine, Winter, Childe Hassam, 1887
  • Aria after the Ballet, Edgar Degas, 1879
  • Cabinet on stand, Pierre Gole, 1660-1680

Pilar Wong

McDermott Intern for Community Teaching, 2012-2013

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Bougival, Maurice de Vlaminck, c. 1905
  • Bathers, John Marin, 1932
  • Pamet Road, Wellfleet, Hans Hofmann, 1963

Amelia Wood

McDermott Intern for Family and Access Teaching, 2013-14

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Orange, Red and Red, Mark Rothko, 1962
  • Skyway, Robert Rauschenberg, 1964
  • Helmet Mask (mukenga), Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, mid 20th century

Holly York

McDermott Intern for Family Experiences, 2013

Favorite three works in the DMA…

  • Untitled (Yellow Table on Green), Hans Hoffman, 1936
  • Bougival, Maurice de Vlaminck, c. 1905
  • Window with Starfish (“Spring”) and Window with Sea Anemone (“Summer”), Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1885-1895

 

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