Administration

Nelson Thomas holds a BA in biology with an art minor from Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, and a MTSC (Masters in Technical and Scientific Communication) with an emphasis in environmental science from Miami University, Oxford, OH. She attended the 38th Seminar for Historical Administration (SHA) at Colonial Williamsburg, VA, and was the first recipient of the William T. Alderson Scholarship for the Seminar. She is in the 2016 Leadership Southeast Texas (LSET) class.
Nelson Thomas has twenty-five plus years of experience in informal education and the museum field. Prior to joining the Stark Foundation in May 2013, she was Senior Director, Public Programs at the Indiana Historical Society for fifteen years. Previously she worked at the Outagamie County Historical Society in Appleton, WI, and the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District in Lima, OH. Her career has focused on interpretive planning; exhibition, program, and experience development; community collaboration and engagement; strategic planning; and evaluation. During her time in Indiana, she served on the SHA partners coordinating committee and as SHA faculty. She is the current AASLH (American Association for State and Local History) national Leadership in History Awards committee chair and a participant in the national Museum Directors Roundtable.
Nelson Thomas leads the operations and oversees the administrative, educational, curatorial, collections, exhibitions, and library & archive professional staff of the Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House, and the Stark Foundation Library & Archive in support of the mission of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
“I come from a family of avid and curious life-long learners, readers, and explorers. My passion is connecting people with ideas, stuff, and experiences so they can go on and do the same.”

Collections & Exhibitions

Boehme holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY and an MA and PhD in history of art from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Dr. Boehme served as the John S. Bugas Curator, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. She previously was instructor of fine arts and curator at St. Lawrence University. She is co-editor and a co-author of the award-winning publication Branding the American West: Paintings and Films, 1900-1950. Other publications include contributions in Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II; Shaping the West : American Sculptors in the Nineteenth Century; In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein; Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney; John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition: Mammals of North America; Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America; Seth Eastman: A Portfolio of North American Indians; and Frontier America: Art and Treasures of the Old West from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. She is the author of exhibition catalogues Whitney Gallery of Western Art; Absarokee Hut: The Joseph Henry Sharp Cabin; Buckeye Blake: Art on the Western Front; and Rendezvous to Roundup: The First 100 Years of Art in Wyoming.
The curator is responsible for care and curation of the Stark Museum of Art collection. The primary responsibility of the curator is for exhibitions and publications research and content to encourage awareness and appreciation for the collections.
“I knew the wild riders and the vacant land were about to vanish forever, and the more I considered the subject the bigger the Forever loomed.” Frederic Remington
Fox received her BA in studio art from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX with a minor in art history and arts administration. She also interned with the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada in the Visual Arts and Media Production Programs.
Fox has spent the last twenty-five years pursing many aspects of the creative arts industry. She has worked with nonprofit arts organizations large and small, and the for profit industries in film, music, and commercial television production. Fox joined the staff of the Stark Museum of Art in 2007 after leaving the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA were she was the Collections Manager for over 230,000 objects.
Fox is a steward of the collection and ambassador to the Southeast Texas arts community. She designs, builds, installs, and lights the exhibition spaces at the Museum, as well as assisting across the Stark Cultural Venues. Through the conscious imposition of meaningful order, Fox enhances the visitors’ engagement and makes sure the exhibition’s story is communicated through visual aesthetics. She does this to invite, engage, and inspire the visitor into a learning experience. She does this to bring them joy as well and provide cultural enrichment to her community.
“Follow your passion, you never know where it will take you.”
Evans holds a BA in art history from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA; and is currently working on a MS in information science at the University of North Texas, in Denton.
Evans began her career at the Allentown Art Museum working under a grant to enter object data into a collections management system. In 2001, Evans became the Assistant Registrar at the Delaware Art Museum, and was later promoted to Registrar. In 2007 Evans accepted the position of Registrar at the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House. She also acts as the system administrator for the collections management software.
Evans is in charge of maintaining the intellectual information about each object in the collection as well as the physical location. While her job is mostly behind the scenes it is extremely important to the infrastructure of the Museum. Evans is responsible for all logistics associated with loan requests to and from the Museum.
“I like when I find quirky things in the collection, such as 434 eggs decorated like famous people. So weird.”
Barry holds a BA in history and anthropology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA and is currently pursuing an MA in museum studies and graduate certificate in digital curation from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Barry most recently served as Collections Intern at the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House. She was previously an Anne Ray Intern for the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM, where she conducted research and worked on registration, collections management, and education/outreach projects. Barry has also worked as an analyst and archival project contractor/research library aid for Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, in Pendleton, OR, and as a proctor and tour guide for the Sir Christopher Wren Building at the College of William & Mary.
As Assistant Collections Manager, Barry manages the Rights & Reproduction of images and assists senior collections and exhibitions staff with tracking and care of the objects in the collection. This includes updating object records and locations in the collections management system, rehousing objects, assisting with exhibition preparation and installation, and several digitization projects.
She plays the pipe organ.

Education

Restauri holds an AA, BFA in studio art from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL, and an MA in museum studies from Baylor University in Waco, TX.
Restauri began her career in 2012 as the Outreach Coordinator at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, TX. She oversaw the art-to-go program which served 1,000+ students monthly in a fifty-mile radius. In May 2013, Restauri joined the Stark Museum of Art as the Educator, Studio and Family Programs, and oversaw the development of all studio programming and lead initiatives to grow family and young adult programming. In January 2015, she accepted the Curator of Education position.
As the Curator of Education, Restauri leads the education department and works closely with colleagues at the other Stark Cultural Venues to provide innovative and engaging programs for students, families, adults, teachers, and Stark Cultural Venue members. Her job is to find new and meaningful ways to connect visitors to the works of art on view, as well as to serve as an advocate for arts and cultural education in Southeast Texas.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
      • Annmarie Ventura
      • Educator, Studio and Outreach Programs
      • aventura@starkmuseum.org
      • 409.886.2787 ext 3028 (Education Dept. – 409.221.6685)
Ventura holds a BA in interdisciplinary art and English from Alfred University, in Alfred, NY, and an MA in museum professions from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
She worked as an Art Educator at St. Bonaventure University Quick Arts Center, in St. Bonaventure, NY and an Intern at National Academy Museum and School in New York City.
Ventura plans, implements, and facilitates studio and outreach programs for Museum visitors and/or students of all ages and skill levels. The Stark Museum of Art strives to give everyone an opportunity to be an artist and develop their own creativity.
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper
 

Library & Archive

Hudson Connor holds a BA in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado in Greely and an MS in library science, from the University of North Texas in Denton
Hudson Connors joined the Stark Museum of Art in 2005 after more than twenty years in educational publishing providing access to electronic reference databases and automation software to libraries around the world. She is a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America, and serves on the board of its Texas-Mexico Chapter; the Society of American Archivists, and the Texas Library Association. She also serves on the advisory board of the Port Arthur Public Library.
The Foundation’s Library & Archive of general reference materials, rare books, and historic archives serve the research needs of Foundation staff and visiting scholars. We connect people with the information they need, and ensure that the historic content will be available for generations to come.
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx.
Smith holds an Executive Secretarial Degree from Chenier Business College, Beaumont, TX.
Smith spent over forty years as an administrative assistant. She additionally owned her own restaurant featuring specialty soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Smith worked at The W.H. Stark House as a guide for five years. Smith was then promoted to the administrative assistant position at The W.H. Stark House. As the administrative assistant she supported the director and events, oriented visitors, as well as supported the overall mission of the house. In 2014 she began as the administrative assistant at the Library & Archive.
Smith works on a daily basis to save the history of the Stark Foundation for use by researchers and staff of The W.H. Stark House. She catalogs, preserves, and helps organize archival materials for future research and access. She additionally assists the staff with library needs, which is important to the internal functioning of the Stark Museum and The W.H. Stark House.
Smith is completely quirky and always fun!