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Elana Neher

Pronouns:

She/Her

Availability:

Available

Full or Part-time

Position Type:

Springfield

New Jersey

United States of America

Years in the field:

1 – 5 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, Curatorial/Collections, Exhibits development, Explainer/guide, Research & Evaluation, Other

As a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University with archaeological, art-historical, and museological experience, I am eager to apply this background to a museum with rich collections and an impactful mission. I hope to apply what I have learned in my previous professional positions and courses to a museum I am passionate about.

 

EDUCATION

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD - May 2020

Bachelor of Arts with General Honors in Archaeology and East Asian Studies

Minors: Museums and Society and Near Eastern Studies - Cumulative GPA: 3.87

 

Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea - Fall 2018

Council on International Educational Exchange Seoul Arts + Sciences Study Abroad Program

 

AWARDS

Phi Beta Kappa

Hodson Trust Scholarship – Johns Hopkins University

JHU Center for Language Education Study Abroad Scholarship – Fall 2018

Johns Hopkins University/AIAR Undergraduate Archaeological Fellowship – Summer 2017

Dean's List - Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Evergreen Museum and Library, Baltimore, MD

Evergreen Curatorial/Research Intern, June 2020 - Present

· Complete primary and secondary source research on objects in the Evergreen collection collected by the Garretts and made by Native American peoples

· Work closely with the assistant curator to collect relevant visual and historical research and develop an exhibition proposal with an object list and exhibition narrative

· Study and implement appropriate and sensitive interpretation techniques for Native American objects

· Generate the first round of label copy for the exhibition

· Compose social media and blog posts focused on object research and upcoming exhibitions

 

Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, Baltimore, MD

Undergraduate Student Museum Assistant, October 2017 - April 2020

· Catalogued Roman bricks, Greco-Roman and Italic metal objects and other artifacts with detailed technical descriptions to strengthen the museum database

· Updated museum database using FileMaker Pro collections management system

· Assisted in designing FileMaker Pro database for cataloging of recently reacquired lithic objects and transcribing of past records pertaining to such objects

· Utilized database to track museum objects and record information on their movement and location

· Processed metadata for images and prepared images to be imported to FileMaker Pro database

· Greeted, interacted with, and answered questions from visiting public during open hours

· Performed clerical operations to support museum leadership

· Trained in proper collection object handling procedures and experience in rehousing

 

Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Collections Intern, June – August 2019

· Researched, cataloged, rehoused and photographed new historical acquisitions and imported data into Past Perfect collections management system

· Reorganized, renumbered, rehoused and developed finding aid for archival collection of over 400 documents

· Inventoried, recategorized, and rehoused rare books collections

· Completed inventories of hanging art collections and museum shop

· Composed social media and blog posts focused internship experiences, research, and readings

· Participated in professional development workshops with museum professionals

 

Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ

Arts of Asia Curatorial Summer Intern, June – August 2018

· Reviewed on-view objects in the galleries, correlated them to information available on the online

database, and identified on-view objects missing from database

· Researched Japanese prints for upcoming Birding in Asia exhibition utilizing archives, libraries, photo files, and other primary and secondary sources of information

· Experience in metadata processing for cataloginginformation as well as preparing and importing images to ARGUS database

· Worked as part of a three-person team to inventory approximately 1,500 Asian textiles with locational data entry for each textile and rehousing of textiles

· Provided collections management support through inventorying, moving, and rehousing objects

· Composed social media and blog posts focused on Asian Art collection and took all photographs

 

The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Israel

JHU/AIAR Undergraduate Archaeological Fellow, July – August 2017

· Processed, cataloged, and barcoded finds from past excavations using Codifi database software

· Unpacked, cleaned, inventoried, and rehoused large amounts of artifacts from past excavations and research archived in the attic of the W.F. Albright Institute with a collaborative team

· Utilized software to document, track, handle, and organize objects to support institute projects

· Inventoried and reorganized volumes of the Albright Institute’s collection of journals into 73 boxes

 

Jezreel Valley Regional Project Archaeological Field School, Legio, Israel

Student, June - July 2017

· Learned methods and techniques of archaeology in context of the Roman Period of the Jezreel Valley

· Participated in field excavation and laboratory analysis including pottery sorting

 

INVITED LECTURES

“A First Step towards Decolonization: The Native American Collection at Evergreen Museum & Library.”

Evergreen Museum & Library (Virtual). Baltimore, MD. November 16, 2020.

 

RELEVANT COURSEWORK

Researched, curated, organized, and authored exhibit text for “The Sacred Round” upcoming exhibition for the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, Baltimore, MD, in Workshop in Object Analysis: Ancient Americas course

 

Designed exhibition plan for upcoming exhibition for the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, Baltimore, MD, in Workshop in Archaeological Museum Practicum: Collections Management course

 

Developed, curated, and designed “Natural Resources at Catoctin Furnace” exhibition for the Museum of the Iron Worker, Catoctin Furnace, MD, in Heritage at Work course

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Outlook

 

Database Software

Past Perfect

FileMaker Pro

ARGUS

Codifi

ArcGIS

 

Graphics Software

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Indesign

Canva

Digital/DSLR Cameras

 

LANGUAGES

English – Native Language

Korean – Proficient

 

MEMBERSHIPS

American Alliance of Museums