Spotlight: Museum Director Julie Dickover
The “Spotlight” series offers a glimpse into the lives of those who work behind the scenes to provide an enriching experience for Flagler College students. Faculty and staff featured in the series will be included in periodic faculty and staff newsletters.
by Jordan Puyear
As the director of the Crisp Ellert Art Museum, Julie Dickover certainly has a lot on her hands between organizing and overseeing every exhibition that comes through the museum. While the task of director seemed daunting at first, Dickover has managed to showcase regional, national, and international artists, while also attracting more departments to the exhibitions.
“This is a great position, I feel very privileged to be able to work here, and oversee the museum, organize the exhibitions and programming, and work with faculty across a lot of disciplines. I work with students of all different capacities, so I really get to interact with them. I also have gallery assistants and an intern who are Art History and Studio Art majors and are really involved in the process. It’s a great thing.”
“[My husband and I] had been living in Los Angeles for 10 years and there I had worked at a commercial gallery and then a registrar at a contemporary art museum. The registrar was very focused and specific, so I oversaw exhibitions for temporary rotating status. When I got this job, I couldn’t imagine having the title of a director. But since this is a small space, it’s been great building up the reputation and being able to show work that I think is interesting and relevant. I love art and being able to use the arts as way to talk about a lot of different conversations. Having an art space within an educational institution makes for an interesting position.”
“The current exhibit is by a Puerto Rican artist named Gamaliel Rodriguez and he makes these large scale, hyper-realistic drawings; they’re very laborious. He uses ballpoint pen, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper. He lives in Puerto Rico and a lot of these works speak to his experiences, such as the Puerto Rican debt crisis. The works that he’s making are architectural structures situated in these landscapes that are taking them over. He came and helped with the installation, did a walk-through, and actually met with some classes.”
“I have a couple exhibitions that certainly stick out in my mind as great experiences. One would be an exhibition called ‘Re-riding History’ that I did not curate myself, but was curated by outside artists/educators. They were interested in the history of the Fort Marion/Castillo de San Marcos, in particular a period in the 1870s where a group of 72 Native Americans were brought to St. Augustine as prisoners. It’s a legacy of tragedy that has stuck with the different associated tribes. They asked 72 artists both native and non-native to consider these ledger drawings that were made by the prisoners, so they have some of these in different collections. They are beautifully done drawings done on ledger paper of their daily experiences. I can’t even begin to imagine the sense of loss in these prisoners. It was certainly an eye-opening experience.”
“We have a lot of events here at the museum. If I have an exhibition with a new artist, the artist showing does a walk-through and we’ll do an artist talk. We are also in the second year of a residency program. However, we don’t just exist for the Department of Art and Design. I work with different departments across the board. There are a lot of interesting things that happen here.”
For more information on the Crisp-Ellert Museum, visit here.