Meet a Museum Blogger

Meet a Museum Blogger: Ashley Martin

Ashley G. Martin began her museum career in a museum gift shop in the heart of downtown Boston. After receiving her BA in Art History, she was promoted and steadily worked her way up at The Bostonian Society. Currently, she is the Administrative Manager and Social Media Specialist and is a Chair for the New England Museum Association’s Professional Affinity Group, the Young and Emerging Professional. A year ago, she completed a MA in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School. Her thesis, A Critical Look into the Current Jobs of Art Museum Curators and Their Future with Social Media, examined the changing nature of audience engagement with curators.

Are you ready to learn more about this up-and-coming museum professional? Let’s get to know Ashley!

Ashley MartinDo you work in a museum? If not, where do you work? Tell us about your job.

I am the Administrative Manager, Finance Assistant, and Social Media Specialist at The Bostonian Society. I wear many hats and can be seen lurking around trying to get information.

What’s your educational background? 

I have BA in Art History from Suffolk University and a MA in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School.

What was your ‘sticky’ moment?

I remember going to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as a kid and seeing an exhibition on Ancient Egypt. I was amazed that I could see and in some way experience this culture through the objects on display.

What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?

The name  of my blog is Museum Shenanigans. I have been blogging on and off for about 9 months. 

What do you blog about? Why?

I develop some of my posts out of ideas I glean from conversations with fellow museum professionals because that is where inspiration often hits. Museum Shenanigans is also meant to address concerns in the field and address them.

What’s the last exhibit you saw?

The last exhibit I saw was a partial exhibit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art lent three paintings to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to honor Bostonians and those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The paintings included The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil by Édouard Manet, Lachrymae by Frederic, Lord Leighton, and Northeaster by Winslow Homer. These paintings reflected the emotional highs and lows surrounding the events of April 15th and remind Bostonians and visitors how lucky we are to have museums to provide us with solitude and healing.

What’s the last thing you bought at a museum gift shop?

A book on Caravaggio! I went to Canada for the weekend to see an exhibition on him. It was fantastic!

If you didn’t work in a museum what would you be doing?

If I did not study art history, I would have studied physics and work in a lab or teach.

Do you tweet? Why or why not?

I love tweeting! I can have a conversation with anyone. It has also been a great tool to connect with museum professionals across the country. You can find me at @AshGMartin.

Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the museum field:

Be proactive and become a member of your local museum association, like the New England Museum Association (and join one of their professional groups!). There you may find your next opportunity, a mentor, or a support system as you are finding your footing in the field.

Thanks for participating in Meet a Museum Blogger, Ashley!

In case you missed it, Ashley blogs at Museum Shenanigans.

Do you have any additional questions for Ashley regarding her profile above? Feel free to start a conversation in the comments below or reach out to her directly on Twitter. Her Twitter handle is @AshGMartinI highly encourage you to use the #MuseumBlogger hashtag. TY!

Are you interested in being profiled or know someone who would be? Send an email to MuseumMinute@gmail.com.

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