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I have over ten years of experience in non-profit service (city government, colleges/universities, and private non-profit organizations).My job history highlights include employment at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, the University of North Florida’s Florida Institute of Education, and, most recently, at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville as the Art in Public Places Program Manager for the City of Jacksonville, FL.

I have two Masters degrees from Syracuse University (Art History and Museum Studies) and experience in nonprofit/arts administration, program development and management, as well as teacher education/curriculum development, exhibition/event planning, and personnel/volunteer management.Throughout my career, I have led the effective development of creative, high-quality programs that are relevant, challenging, and exciting to diverse audiences.

art. museums. nonprofit. education. project management. facilitation. presentation. organization.

Work experience

Feb 2008Oct 2008

Art Exhibition Coordinator

Women's Center of Jacksonville

- Developed & executed exhibitions and marketing w/ the assistance of a volunteer committee - Managed project timelines, art selection, artist calls, contracts, publications, and programs

Nov 2006Feb 2007

Coordinator, Research Programs & Services (full-time)

Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida

Project Coordinator, Family Arts & Literacy Workshops (part-time) Aug - Nov 2006

- Planning, preparation & implementation of family involvement literacy partnership - Collected & organized documents for accurate & timely completion of grant requirements

Sep 2000Feb 2003

Gallery Director

Dowd Fine Art Gallery - SUNY Cortland

- Organized & installed exhibitions of faculty/student/alumni/regional/national artists - Developed educational programming & related publicity materials, catalogs & website - Maintained permanent collection of approximately 600 objects displayed across campus

Sep 1999May 2001

Adjunct Professor

Syracuse University

Graduate Program in Museum Studies

-Developed curriculum for Public Learning in Museums, a museum education seminar.

- Responsible for instruction and evaluation of 5-10 graduate students.

May 2000Aug 2000

Assistant Curator of Education, School Programs (full-time)

Everson Museum of Art

Coordinator of Youth Programs(part-time)                                          Aug 1998 - May 2000       Education Department

- Managed thirty tour guides, scheduled tours, and developed training and tour materials.

- Assisted in development of youth and school programming and children’s interactive area.

- Facilitated New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grants with educational partners and artists.

May 1998Aug 1998

Graduate Intern

Memorial Art Gallery
Education Department      

- Designed learning activities for school children.

- Inventoried and designed instructional kits for a classroom study collection.


Debra Phillians

Allison did an excellent job in this position and was a tremendous asset to the program.She was responsible for the planning and execution of visual art exhibitions with the assistance of a volunteer committee.

This required creating a timeline of activities, recruiting artists, reviewing & selecting art, coordinating educational workshops, marketing each event, managing artist’s contracts, curating & installing exhibitions.

Allison was very creative in her approach & developed an excellent rapport with artists, patrons, staff & volunteer committee. Her education, talents, skills, & experience served her well.

Steve Williams

"It is always a pleasure to work with Allison and her knowledge and experience bring professionalism to the table each time we have worked together.

Allison is experienced and has a can-do attitude rising above small art issues so she gets the job done. I highly recommend Allison to work with."

Jacqueline Malambri

"Allison is an amazing educator. She has an outgoing personality and is a joy to work with. Her class at Flagler College was the inspiration for me to go into museum education as a career."

Jason Teal

"Allison is a dedicated and detail-oriented person. I was most impressed with her ability to balance sometimes competing interests and remain effective. My experience with Allison was in the public art field where she had to balance political and financial interests with the need to acquire and provide quality public art.

Allison was responsible for interacting with public officials in order to secure funding for public art projects, while also negotiating with a variety of artists, across a variety of art genres, to produce an acceptable product and maintain strict construction and installation deadlines."

Sandy Spradling

"I assisted Allison administratively while she was the Public Art Manager. I found her to be very organized and detail oriented. Her writing and editing skills are exceptional. She was always timely with requests and clear in her directions. She was a team work oriented and assisted me with other projects when requested.

She would be an outstanding addition to any organization."

Susan Cooper

Our work together was efficient and timely mostly because of Allison’s ability to manage the various parties working on project.This included an artist (myself), sub-contractors who built the work, lighting experts who programmed and installed the lamps, installers, and the client, the Ritz Theatre& LaVilla Museum.

Allison was able to handle all participants with respectShe was committed to having everyone reach the their goals.This coordination takes patience, perseverance, and intelligence.Allison possesses all of these qualities in abundance.”

Examples of My Work




Syracuse University

Thesis: "Reconsructing Maubuisson: An Investigation of its Classification as a 13th-Century, Royal, Cistercian, Nunnery"

Presented paper at Yale University's Graduate Student Conference, "Reconstructing the Middle Ages"

Member, Fine Arts Society



Syracuse University

Teaching Assistant, "Freshman Art History", Foundations Department, Syracuse University (Academic Years 1997-98 and 1998-99)

Co-Curator, "Her Side of the Story," Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University (1999-2000)