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ELAINE D. GUSTAFSON
Curator and Head of Collections and Facilities
Elaine oversees the development, preservation, publication, interpretation, and presentation of artworks owned by the museum. She has worked at the Weatherspoon for over eleven years and holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in the History of Art from Wheaton College, an M.A. in the History of Art from Brown University, and has completed coursework toward her doctorate, also at Brown University. Elaine was the director of exhibitions and collections and curator of contemporary art at the Tampa Museum of Art for ten years prior to joining the Weatherspoon’s staff. Other past experiences include positions at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design. An author of numerous publications, a member of the Association of Academic Museums & Galleries and the Association of Art Museum Curators, and a past board member of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Elaine has presented at and juried numerous art competitions and conferences. She taught as an adjunct professor at Auburn University, Troy State University, and presently at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her areas of interest include photography and modern American art. Elaine believes museums should be welcoming places that reflect multiple audiences, celebrate all cultures, and offer various means of entry: programmatically, interpretatively, and experientially. The projects she finds most fulfilling foster personal growth while inspiring visitors to engage with works of art and to think critically about the world in which we live. CONTACT
BOBBY JESSICA HOLT
Visitor Services and Security Associate
Bobby is responsible for helping visitors while monitoring the safety of the artwork, the guests and faculty, and the building. She is UNCG alumna with a Bachelor of Studio Arts and a minor in Sociology. She is most fulfilled by being in an art environment and being a helpful member of the art community. She thoroughly enjoys getting to see the inner workings of the Weatherspoon. Off the clock, Bobby creates and consumes art, watches films, and spends time outside. Family, friends, and strangers are special to her, and she enjoys sharing this funny existence with them.
Valerie McConnell has been the museum’s Business Services Coordinator, since 2015. She ensures the process for the administrative, operational, and financial management of the museum. She interfaces with internal departments, external vendors, the museum’s boards, and the UNCG Excellence Foundation. She has more than twenty-five years of financial management experience across various industries. Prior to joining the museum, she worked at Georgetown University, Clinical Research Operations, as a Clinical Trials Invoicing Coordinator. She also worked several years at Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio, and Associates in the Business Consulting division. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, and enjoys gardening and traveling. CONTACT
Head of Communications
Loring handles the museum’s marketing and communications, including publicity, website, advertising, photography, graphic design, publications, and strategic messaging. Loring has been working at the Weatherspoon for fifteen years. Prior to that, he had his own PR and marketing firm, worked in magazine publishing, commercial photography, and communications in the aerospace field. Loring graduated from Elmira College with a B.A. in English (concentrating in Medieval Literature), with a minor in Business Management. He also attended Guilford College where he studied English, business, and photography. Loring enjoys cooking, photography, illustration, product design, and tinkering with a future book series. CONTACT
As Preparator, Susan’s role is hands-on, preparing artwork for exhibitions, storage, and shipping, as well as installing exhibitions to meet the curators’ vision. She appreciates the Weatherspoon’s role in promoting personal, artistic, and intellectual growth that builds community. That, along with days filled with artwork, artists, collaboration, hand tools, scaffolding, lifts, and ever-changing materials, in the learning and growing atmosphere of her alma mater, has kept Susan an enthusiastic member of the WAM staff since 1996. When not at work, Susan regularly volunteers her energy to local and city-wide organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of Greensboro’s citizens.CONTACT
Senior Director of Development, UNCG '11
A native of Greensboro and an alumnus of UNCG, Michael joined the museum team in November 2021 as the Senior Director of Development, responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the Weatherspoon. A first generation college graduate and a former non-traditional student, he knows first hand the impact a college education can make on someone’s life, and as such has a strong passion for public higher education. Prior to returning to campus, he worked at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA, as a Senior Donor Engagement Officer, fundraising for an assortment of departments and programs across campus, including Andalusia, the Home of Flannery O’Connor; Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion; Leadership Programs; and the John E. Sallstrom Honors College. He holds a BA in History from UNC Greensboro, and a MA in Public Administration from Georgia College. He’d like to call himself an avid reader, but if he is being honest with himself, he is probably a few rungs down from “avid” these days (but he does try). He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his seven nephews and two cats, and rediscovering Greensboro's parks.CONTACT