Stacy Brown ’97

Stacy Brown ’97“One of the best things about my time at Scripps was the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in the Williamson Gallery. I really enjoyed being able to work directly with the objects in the textile collection and the ceramics collection. Serving as the Wilson Intern and having the opportunity to visit other arts institutions in the Los Angeles area reinforced my determination to go into museum work. One advantage of attending a small liberal arts college is being able to have quality interaction with the staff. Professor MacNaughton and some of the other professors in the art history program at Scripps were real mentors to me, and gave me the practical tools and advice that I needed to pursue a museum career. I still use many of the skills that I practiced in my Scripps classes, particularly looking, thinking, and writing clearly and critically.”

Stacy graduated from Scripps in 1997 with a B.A. in Art History. Stacy worked extensively with Williamson gallery staff during her years at Scripps. For her senior thesis, she analyzed Robert Rauschenberg’s XXXIV Drawings from Dante’s Inferno under the direction of Williamson Gallery Director Mary MacNaughton. She was the Wilson Intern in the summer of 1995, and in the following year co-curated a ceramics exhibition with Williamson Gallery Registrar and Collections Manager Kirk Delman.

Stacy Brown served as the Assistant Director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), beginning in November of 2001. The ICA is a non-profit gallery in downtown San Jose, with a special emphasis on new media and works by emerging artists. As the Assistant Director, Stacy was primarily responsible for grant writing, public relations, web site maintenance, and editing the ICA’s newsletter and publications, along with assisting with administration and exhibition development. Prior to her appointment at the ICA, Stacy worked for three years as Communications Associate/Web Manager at the San Jose Museum of Art, and for one year as Marketing and Public Relations Assistant at the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in San Francisco.