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Uptigrove and Voss Accept New Positions with HAM

Historic Arkansas Museum - Thursday, April 26, 2018 2018 - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Donna Uptigrove (left) and Carey VossIt has been a busy spring at Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM), with new roles for two of its staff members: Donna Uptigrove, who accepted the position of deputy director, and Carey Voss, who accepted the position of curator of exhibits.

Uptigrove received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Arkansas and has over ten years of experience in fine arts education, and curating museums and art galleries. She began working at HAM in 2007 as a part-time curator. She became the curator of exhibits in 2013, directing many acclaimed exhibitions and publications in her tenure.

“So much of what the museum does depends not only upon the professionalism and acumen of the museum’s staff, but the vision and leadership of those who create and direct our programs,” said Swannee Bennett, director of HAM. “As the museum’s new deputy director, Donna epitomizes the perfect fit for that leadership role. For many years Donna has been the creative spark and driving force of our exhibit program. At the same time, she has directed the work of our curatorial and exhibit staff with enthusiasm and camaraderie, while gaining the respect and cooperation of the entire museum family.”

Voss graduated from Hendrix College in 2002 before moving to Washington, D.C., where she studied painting at American University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2005. After teaching at the University of Central Arkansas for three years, Carey and her husband Ben Jones moved to Boulder, Colorado, where she wrote arts curriculum for a STEM non-profit. In 2014, Voss began work at HAM as the assistant curator of exhibits.

“Carey Voss brings both academic and practical experience to the position of curator of exhibits. For several years Carey has worked alongside Donna Uptigrove to make the Historic Arkansas Museum’s exhibit program second to none,” said Bennett. “Her scholarship as an art historian, combined with a practical bent for exhibit design and fabrication has been of inestimable value to museum. We are delighted to welcome Carey aboard as the new curator of exhibits.”