Hempel, Melissa K
Director/Curator - Woodbury Art Museum
Woodbury Art Museum (located in University Mall)
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Last Updated: 4/27/17 -

Melissa Hempel received her BA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California Santa Cruz, and an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University.

Recent Projects:
Protecting Utah County Petroglyphs, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, 2016
• Engaged Learning Grant to document rock art in Utah County amidst destruction from firearms

Memory, Sentiment, Body, Space, Object Symposium, Coventry University, UK, 2015
• "Gestural Movements: Connecting Arts and Audience"

Core Documents, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, UT, 2014
• Developed and presented core documents to the Advisory Committee including Collections Management Plan, Strategic Plan and Code of Ethics

Active Light: Photography of Barry Underwood and Chris McCaw, Woodbury Art Museum, 2013
• An exhibition of works employing light as an active participant in the photographic process

Hidden Voices, Woodbury Art Museum, 2011
• Curated an exhibition of underrepresented youth graffiti artists, worked with several community partners; participants discovered positive outcomes of urban art

Museum Interpretation Initiative: Telling Our Stories, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, UT, 2010
• Reinterpretation of the permanent display to highlight inspiration and process in contemporary artworks. Project supported by grant from the Utah Humanities Council, the Utah Museums Association, and the Utah Office of Museum Services through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Additional Presentations/Experience:
-What Happens When Art Hides? Using Museum Ethics to Navigate Display,
Utah Valley University Art History Symposium, 2015
-Benefits of a Community Based Exhibition Project,
Western Museums Association Meeting session, 2013
-Juror, Touchstones, publication of student compositions at Utah Valley University, 2011
-Selection Committee, Utah Transit Authority, city bus shelter public art, 2011
-Contributor, 15_Bytes, Utah's Art Magazine, 2010 - 2012
-Volunteer Docent, New Frontier @ Sundance Film Festival, 2010, 2011