FSU Art History offers students in our Museum Object course the chance to mount their own exhibition each semester. From curating to promotion to exhibition design, the entire production is a hands-on learning experience for our students.

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Student-Curated Exhibit: Andean Nazca Pottery

This April, students will mount “Visions of the Nazca: Painted Images of an Andean Ancient Society” in the William Johnston Building Gallery, set in the newly renovated, LEED-certified William Johnston Building on Landis Green. With two glass walls, facing the building's five-story atrium, the gallery is an exquisite and yet intimate space to show work.


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Museums employ more than 400,000 people in the United States. Your gift gives these students an experience which can prepare them for a rewarding career in this industry, as well as marketing, budgeting, planning, and fundraising skills applicable to any future position.


Your gift will allow our students to:

·         Properly display the pottery and materials

·         Present informational labels and placards

·         Compose a period specific setting to display the works

·         Create an exhibition catalogue

·         Promote their exhibition to the FSU and Tallahassee communities


Visions of the Nazca: Painted Images of an Andean Ancient Society

April 2017

William Johnston Building Gallery – Florida State University

143 Honors Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304


Exhibition curated by the Museum Object Course (Fall 2017) of the Department of Art History guided by the instructor of the class Ph.D. student Gabriela Germana.

The exhibition presents a group of pre-Colombian, Nazca pottery that features stunning naturalistic and mythological designs over its surface. These exquisite motifs were the way Nazca people transmitted their ideas and concerns.

The exhibit focus on the images depicted on the objects and intents to explain the different painted motifs and their significance, the evolution of Nazca ceramic art through time, and to understand how the motifs are related to different aspects of Nazca culture, knowledge, and religious beliefs.

The exhibit is formed by 29 pieces from the Carter Collection in holding at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts for FSU’s Anthropology Department. The collection was donated by John and Mary Carter in 1944 and includes a variety of objects from various Andean ancient cultures. The collection is not on permanent display, thus the exhibition at WJB Galley will be a unique opportunity to appreciate some of the magnificent pieces of the collection.


Like a docent who leads tours throughout the exhibition, usually as volunteers, your gift will be the lifeblood of our success.
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Art Handler

Your gift helps us buy supplies necessary to hang and display the objects in the exhibit.
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Each of these pieces has been stored in a temperature-controlled facility by FSU's Museum of Fine Arts, helping to conserve them for generations to come. We are proud to be highlighting these important works.
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The Curator is a content specialist charged with an institution's collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material. Thanks to this class and your help, we have all had the opportunity to act as curators.
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The Director of an arts institution is generally considered the top member of leadership, helping to lay out a vision for the entire museum or gallery. Your gift feeds our vision for this particular exhibition.
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Thank You to Our Supporters






Board Members

Supporter Amount Gift Date
Dorothy A Keedy Conservator $40.00 4/5/2017 8:12 PM
MIRIAM W. COOK Curator $50.00 4/2/2017 10:08 AM
Briana Dsouza Docent $5.00 3/27/2017 2:22 PM
C Preston McLane Curator $50.00 3/24/2017 10:54 AM
Lisa Bocchino Curator $50.00 3/21/2017 6:12 AM
Frank Bocchino Curator $50.00 3/20/2017 3:26 PM
Anonymous Donor Docent $5.00 3/20/2017 3:09 PM
Emily Art Handler $10.00 3/20/2017 3:07 PM
Sandra L Gschwend Conservator $25.00 3/11/2017 10:56 AM
Howard J. Berna Curator $50.00 3/8/2017 7:02 PM
E Scott Osborne Curator $50.00 3/8/2017 12:32 PM
Kathleen McCampbell Conservator $25.00 3/7/2017 2:06 PM
Margo Schmidt Art Handler $10.00 3/7/2017 1:06 PM
Stephen Biegel Docent $5.00 3/6/2017 7:57 PM
Schuyler M Shoemaker Art Handler $15.00 3/3/2017 2:56 AM
james v antista Conservator $25.00 3/2/2017 3:14 PM
Gregory Siler Conservator $25.00 3/1/2017 3:38 PM
Anonymous Donor Art Handler $10.00 3/1/2017 10:14 AM
Omar carcamo Conservator $25.00 3/1/2017 7:27 AM

Donations for this project ended on 4/30/2017 12:00 AM

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