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Maloree Sheets
BS Art Management with minors in Art History and Business, 2008

As a participant in the UNC in DC program, Maloree Sheets' semester-long internship with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in Washington, DC led to a job after graduation. She stayed in DC for three years and worked as Division Specialist at the NEA in what was then the Music, Presenting, Opera, and Art Education department. Maloree is currently interested in exploring visual culture in digital media.  She hopes to earn an MFA to augment her arts management experience to further public arts participation.

As an Art Management student, Maloree worked in the Smith Gallery, the Turchin Center for Visual Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs. "The opportunity to work in an office environment, work closely with artists and art patrons, and get hands-on gallery experience was invaluable," she says.

Though she didn't end up working in a gallery or museum setting, she says it "was really helpful to have had the opportunity to be on the other side of the grantor/grantee equation while working at the Turchin. I also had the opportunity to work with Turchin Center staff on a grant my senior year which really helped me decide on a direction to take my arts administration goals."

Maloree primarily came to Appalachian for it's location. As a freshman, she was undecided about the direction of her studies, but after meeting Art Management professor Jody Servon at a viewing of PBS's Art21 series, she discovered her interest in the intersection of art and business and decided to major in Art Management.

She really enjoyed being an art student. "The size of the classes and tight knit faculty were great for me because my high school didn't have art studio facilities so the environment was totally foreign in the beginning. There were a variety of classes to choose from and I explored lots of mediums and many facets of art history."

Maloree encourages students to take advantage of the arts community in Boone. "Be involved! Don't feel limited to just the visual arts. The world of arts administration stretches from traditional ink and paper to city planning, theater, opera, literature, and beyond. There are many opportunities to be active in the arts community but you have to be proactive, which becomes even more true once you leave the university atmosphere."

September 2011

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