Thursday, March 28 / 6:30 pm
Guest Speakers: Jay Ewart, Art Center chief preparator installations, and Sydney Royal-Welch, Art Center associate registrar, bring to light the often invisible nature of their labor in producing exhibitions.
Jay Ewart has been leading the installation staff at the Art Center since 2004. He cites the Tara Donovan exhibition (2009), the opening of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park (2009), Phyllida Barlow’s site specific sculptures (2013), and Numen/For Use’s suspended tape installation (2017) among the most challenging projects he has worked on during his tenure in Des Moines. Ewart has a BA from the University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and a MFA in painting and video art from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Sydney Royal-Welch joined the Art Center in 2007 working in the registration department. As a museum registrar, Royal-Welch keeps track of and takes care of the collection, coordinating the behind-the-scenes logistics including the secure transport of art to and from the museum both regionally and internationally. Royal-Welch earned a BA in anthropology from Beloit College, Wisconsin and a MA in museum studies from the University of Florida, Gainesville.