The DOMA Insider has been providing the community with behind-the-scenes stories and reviews of events in the David Owsley Museum of Art for over two years. Content for the DOMA Insider is written by students, with the goal of providing the community with an insider’s perspective of the museum. Below is an introduction of the new DOMA Insider writers for the Fall 2016 semester.
Cassi Amman is a sophomore this year at Ball State University double majoring in art history and drawing. Currently she is a collections management intern for Rebecca Vaughn. She applied to work for the museum because she loves being in an environment where she is surrounded by artwork while also learning more about the works of art as well. In the future she hopes to work as a conservator in a museum, so she believes her internship will give her a better feel for working in a museum environment.
Daniel Combs is a junior in the art department with a concentration in drawing. This semester he is an education intern at DOMA. After he originally started exploring college life at Valparaiso University, he spent time in the US Navy traveling around South America, the Antarctic, Hawaii, and San Diego. Navy travels helped give him a range of life experiences and valuable leadership skills. After the Navy he traveled around the country exploring major art museums and learning more firsthand street art culture before returning back to school in the spring of 2016 to finish his Bachelor of Fine Art at Ball State University. He is involved with international art charity work and is active with national and international art groups throughout the year. His plans are to pursue a possible graduate degree in museum studies and pursue a career within the art museum industry.
Alexis Kiesel is a junior public relations major pursuing a certificate in journalistic visual presentation. Her decision to apply for the position as the community outreach intern at the David Owsley Museum of Art was sparked by her experiences interning at another local museum, Minnetrista. While interning there, she realized her love of art and community events. She is highly passionate about art and sharing her love and appreciation of art with others, and believes that DOMA provides the perfect environment for this. She would love to work in the events department of a museum in the future, so she is thankful for the opportunity to intern here focusing on community outreach.
Elena M’Bouroukounda is currently a senior at Ball State University majoring in architecture with a
minor in French. Before beginning as an intern for collections management under Rebecca Vaughn, Elena worked for Bracken Library organizing and digitizing archival material for the university. She is interested in a broad range of arts and aside from her courses in architecture she enjoys taking courses in metalsmithing and art history. Elena hopes that her internship will lead to future work in museum archives.
Mackenzie Robinson is a junior visual communications major at Ball State University. She is also pursuing a Spanish minor. Currently, her work at the museum includes cataloging new acquisitions, handling and storing the items not on display, and managing files and forms for Rebecca, the registrar.
Emma Rogers is a senior photojournalism major with minors in fashion and women’s and gender studies. After working as a security guard and visitor assistant at the museum for three years, she decided she wanted to learn more about how museums operate behind the galleries. As the video production intern, Emma will showcase the events and happenings of the museum. She hopes her internship will help her learn more about photography outside of traditional journalism.
Katie Ronzio is a senior public relations major. A freshman honors class which ended with a trip to Italy sparked her passion for art, history, the museum experience, and more specifically, the David Owsley Museum of Art. Her career goal is to inform the public and implement strategic plans for a museum. A Chicagoland native, Katie interned at the Shedd Aquarium last summer and plans to move back to the city post-graduation.