Bios

Juliana Castro V. is a Colombian graphic designer and Fulbright Scholar. She works with the relationship between art, media and education, activating spaces for critical thinking and collective action. Castro has worked in contemporary art institutions and digital advertising agencies in Colombia. She is currently a MFA Candidate in Design at the University of Texas at Austin and 2016-2017 Digital Fellow at the Visual Arts Center.

Kirstin Cutts is a Master’s candidate in the Art Education program at UT. She is most interested in the roles art museums may play in interdisciplinary education and how museums can hone young students’ skills in both independent research and personal, narrative expression. A Florida native, Kirstin received her BA in French and English Literature from New College of Florida in Sarasota, where her thesis compared anglophone and francophone literature through the lens of graphic novels.

Clare Donnelly is a graduate student in art education at The University of Texas at Austin and the Art Education TA at the Visual Arts Center. Her research focuses on issues of identity and social inclusion in the art museum. She holds a BA in art history from Georgetown University with minors in French and studio art.

Erin Poteet is a California native studying energy and earth resources and business management at the University of Texas in Austin. She formerly worked as a geologist on environmental remediation projects and is currently pursuing energy finance as a career path. She graduated from the George Washington University with a BS in Geology.

Ariel Spiegelman is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, getting her Masters in Art Education with a museum focus. She received her BFA in printmaking with minors in Art History and Digital Art at the University of Connecticut in 2015. Ariel is currently working at the Contemporary Austin as an assistant teacher for Teen Programs.

Kira Street is a Design grad student at the University of Texas at Austin focusing on Product Design. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently working to combine the two disciplines (engineering and design) together for her future career.

Kelcie Tisher is a graduate student with a focus in museum education. She currently works at The Contemporary Austin as a graduate teaching assistant. Kelcie keeps herself busy by researching contemporary artists, writing her thesis, and conducting tours for school children. Her passion is art with a social-justice agenda. In the future, Kelcie would love to work in a  museum with art created by diverse artists including women artists, artists of color, artists from the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized groups. Kelcie is a long-term Longhorn, receiving her BA in art history in 2010.