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Art graduate launches museum career

Stormy Clowdis ’13 has used her experiences working for the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College to start a full-time career in in the museum field, as well as gain entrance into a graduate program.

For the past seven months, Clowdis has worked on the development staff at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, an organization that preserves the vacation home that the third U.S. president built near Lynchburg. Recently, she was accepted into the Master of Arts in Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University. She plans to begin her classes for that program in January and continue to work for Poplar Forest while earning the degree.

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While at Randolph College, Clowdis spent three years working at the Maier. She helped the Maier staff with the College’s collection of art and also set up exhibition. She and several classmates also curated their own exhibition, which was displayed in the Maier in 2012.

Those opportunities at Randolph helped Clowdis build a foundation for the career she wants in museum collection management. “Having that hands-on experience is really vital,” she said. “The Maier really prepared me and showed me what I want to do. I’ve actually done it, so I know I can do this.”



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