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Sara Gordon
BS Art Management, 2007

Sara Gordon is the Time-Based Media Coordinator for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. As an Art Management student, she interned at the museum and stayed on after graduation as an art handler where she focused more on time-based media installations.

Over the past two years she has prepared and traveled with the large-scale media exhibition, The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image, to three venues in Spain (CaixaForum: Madrid, Barcelona, and Palma). Most recently, Sara gave a presentation about her experience and practice at the 2011 Electronic Media Group portion of the American Institute for Conservation conference in Philadelphia. The coinciding paper will be published in 2012.

When Sara came to Appalachian, she thought she would major in Studio Art with a focus on sculpture. After two semesters she realized that sculpture wasn't her calling. One of her professors suggested that she try the Art Management program.

I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work and grow in the program. I worked at the Turchin Center and Smith Gallery and was the manager of the Looking Glass Gallery in the Student Union. Over the three years I was in the program, I gained very valuable skills that have helped in innumerable ways since graduating. The real-life work experience I gained during my time at Appalachian has really given me an advantage over other job-seekers in my field.

Sara encourages new students to "get as involved as possible. The diverse experiences you gain will be invaluable once you graduate. The fact that I came into my job already having worked in so many different capacitates in a museum/gallery setting really allowed me to have more responsibilities and become a valuable employee. The program at Appalachian is really unique in that it is so hands on, you really can't gain experience like that anywhere else."

Sara is currently working closely with the Hirshhorn's Conservation department to establish a standard for installation notes specifically for time-based media works in their collection. She is also working to build up the Museum's collection of obsolete technology, having what they already own refurbished and learning how to repair projectors and monitors herself.

She recently started a brown bag lunch series dedicated to the discussion of the many opportunities and challenges associated with collecting, exhibiting, and preserving time-based media arts. This spring she will help install a 360 degree projection by Doug Aitken on the outside of the Hirshhorn.

August 2011

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