Join us for an expert talk by alumna, Victoria Gerard, current Vice President of Programs and Collections at the Bowers Museum. After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual networking session where they will be placed in multiple small group break-out sessions.
Victoria’s talk will cover how museums are shifting from traditional brick-and-mortar buildings to the virtual realm in light of COVID-19. Virtual adaptations have always been difficult in the museum industry, so this is an interesting shift that requires thought about a museum’s mission statement and their role in society and their community.
More about our speaker:
Victoria Gerard is currently Vice President of Programs and Collections at the Bowers Museum. In this role, she oversees all work related to exhibitions, education, public programs and the museum’s permanent collection of over 90,000 artifacts and art objects. She has had the pleasure of serving the Orange County community as a part of the Bowers’ team for the past 10 years. Her previous roles at the Bowers focused on managing the museum’s collections, exhibitions and research efforts. Victoria holds a MA in Arts Management from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. She completed graduate and undergraduate work in public history and history at Villanova University. Here, she developed an expertise in early American and Federalist period material culture through her studies as well as opportunities at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts. She especially enjoys considering the unique way in which museum visitors can interact with the past both tangibly and virtually. Her hobbies include traveling the world, reading novels, giggling over life’s discoveries with her toddler, and experimenting with gluten free and allergy friendly cuisine.