Zachary Qualls asks the question of how the way our museums are set up influences how we perceive our own history. He tells a personal story of how museums have affected his life, and how they can be improved as we look to the future of our monuments to the past.
Before joining the Museum Science Management program led by Dr. Robert Pickering as a graduate student in the fall of 2016, Zachary Qualls received his B.F.A in Art History from the University of Central Oklahoma. Currently a Digital Collections Assistant in the Digital Collections department at Gilcrease Museum under Diana Folsom, Zachary was previously a Museum Associate and the Coordinator of Visitor Relations at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, OK.He has worked extensively with cataloging, researching, and photographing several private collections and has acted as the liaison for the Kirkpatrick Foundation Affiliated Fund’s & Gifts of Perry and Angela Tennyson Collection of African and Oceanic Art on permanent loan to the University of Central Oklahoma. Mr. Qualls’ main interest in museums is the dissemination of histories and their effects on understanding cultural identity and how people perceive art out of context.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx