Assistant Vice President, University of West Florida Historic Trust Museums
Director & Chief Curator, UWF Pensacola Museum of Art
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Art, University of West Florida
Amy Bowman-McElhone is the Assistant Vice President of the UWF Historic Trust Museums, the Director and Chief Curator of the UWF Pensacola Museum of Art, and a visiting lecturer in the UWF Department of Art. She is also a PhD candidate in art history at Florida State University. In her role at the UWF Historic Trust, Amy designs and implements a long term vision for curation, education, public programs, and collections; creates academic-museum programming through relationships with faculty, students, and university administration; designs museum-based programming to promote museums as learning communities and experiential learning spaces; and curates innovative exhibitions that engages with relevant and vital currents in contemporary art and visual culture.
Her research areas include modern and contemporary art, curatorial practices in Latin America, art in the public realm, and curatorial practice and theory. Her dissertation is on contemporary artist Mike Kelley and Los Angeles's "Post-Sunshine" scene of the 1980s and 1990s. She received her M.A. in art history from West Virginia University. Her thesis was on the sectarian murals in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was a research project that grew out of her study abroad experience at the University College Dublin. She recently chaired the panel, "Centering the Periphery: Decoloniality in Contemporary Art" at the 2018 SECAC conference in Columbus, Ohio. She has co-authored with Gabriela Germaná, an exhibition review “VACÍO MUSEAL: MEDIO SIGLO DE MUSEOTOPÍAS PERUANAS (1966–2016) Curated by Gustavo Buntinx, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima” published in the Journal of Curatorial Studies. She is also co-authoring a forthcoming chapter, "Memory Place and the Unintentional Monument: Pittsburgh's Civic Arena (1961-2012) and its Legacy" in Preserving U.S. History--Memorializing Contested Events.
From 2009-2012 she served as Director and Curator of TAG (The Art Gallery) at UWF. Prior to joining UWF, she served as Exhibitions Assistant and Registrar for the Art Museum at West Virginia University. She received her B.A. in art history from Penn State University and worked at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and interned at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Bowman-McElhone also teaches art history courses for the UWF Art Department and the Art History Department at Florida State University. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
FELICIA E. GAIL
Curator of Exhibitions
Felicia E. Gail is Curator of Exhibitions. Gail taught photography at UWF in 2016 and Photography and Humanities for Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC from 2012-2018. Gail was curatorial assistant for TAG UWF in 2010. She served as curatorial assistant for Presentation House Gallery (now Polygon Gallery) in Vancouver, BC, and she participated as artist and curator for Canadian artist run centres, and served as a board member to Unit/Pitt Projects. Her interdisciplinary art practice takes up writing, photography, installation, performance, sculpture, and curation as she investigates the intersections between memorialized events and place.
Gail received her MFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2013. Her thesis, “Close Your Eyes: Investigations of Space: Three Letters” focused on Gail’s written and visual art practice. She received a BA in Art History at UWF in 2010, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities in 2004 from UWF. Gail is originally from Milton, Florida. Her work has been shown and read nationally and internationally, most notably with Wil Aballe Art Projects in 2016, Gallery 295 in 2015, 221A Artist Run Centre’s semi-public outdoor exhibition space, and at the David Wisdom’s Summer Slideshow series at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. Her most recent project, Travel Back to Blue, is an ongoing collection of written and ephemeral works made during a semi-solo motorcycle journey from the Pacific Northwest of Canada to West Texas, USA. Gail's writing was recently published in Hurricane Review literary journal.
Assistant Director / Chief Preparator
Nicholas Croghan is PMA's Chief Preparator, the director of The Art Gallery at UWF (TAG) and teaches museum studies, gallery practices and studio art classes.
Croghan is a mixed media artist who uses traditional and non-traditional materials to create 2D and 3D art objects. In his recent work he uses metalpoint as the primary medium. Silverpoint, copperpoint, goldpoint, brasspoint and nickelpoint are used to investigate the fine details of mechanical systems, landscapes, and architecture.
In 2014, his artwork “Facades” received the Cinco Banderas Permanent Collection Purchase Award. Before coming to UWF in 2012, he managed academic galleries, commercial sales galleries, folk art organizations, multicultural centers and directed expansive museum exhibition programming.
Degrees & Institutions:
Croghan received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Murray State University, a master’s degree in art from the University of Louisville, and a master’s in fine art degree from Colorado State University.
Curator of Collections
Anna Wall is Curator of Collections. She is tasked with preserving, developing and exhibiting the PMA’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art. She brings over a decade of collections experience to the PMA. Prior to joining our team in 2018, she served as a Collections Specialist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City. She has also held positions at The Historic New Orleans Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery and commercial enterprises in New York and Vancouver. Her research interests include photography, installation art, and time-based media. She is an active member of the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) and the Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA). Anna is originally from Jacksonville, Florida.
Curator of Education
Caitlyn Cooney is the Curator of Education for PMA and is responsible for structuring museum class syllabi, visitor participation, and offering interactive opportunities for visitors to connect with exhibitions and special programs. After attending the Florida State University for her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Art History, Caitlyn went on to practice letterpress printing in Nashville, TN with Hatch Show Print. She started her letterpress company, Charlotte Mason Printing Co., in 2016 after moving to Pensacola, and has used her business as a catalyst for education and preservation of the historic craft. She partnered with several other makers and business owners in 2017 to develop Bare Hand Collective, a non-profit supporting local creatives and entrepreneurs, and currently serves as the Vice President. She is passionate about encouraging creative growth and community development within the arts, and uses education as the foundation for those endeavors.
Amy is the Business Coordinator for the UWF Historic Trust and the Pensacola Museum of Art. She manages the agency's financial operations and is responsible for the general business and fiscal activities of the organization, including purchasing, budgeting, accounting, and other related administrative services.
Robin possesses a breadth of expertise in higher education, including her most recent professional experience at UWF as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Transition and Governance. Prior to this, she served as Assistant Dean of Students, Coordinator of Student Government Operations and as Coordinator of Career Planning.
Robin graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She earned a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, a Specialist of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida, and will soon earn her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida.
In addition to her professional and academic accomplishments, Robin is actively involved in professional development and community engagement. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She is a member of Impact 100, Fiesta of Five Flags, Junior League of Pensacola, Leadership Pensacola, Manna Board of Directors and serves as a Pensacola Little Theater Trustee.
Collections & Curatorial Consultant
Suzanne Slabaugh is a graduate from Towson University and earned her BS in Art History and Museum Studies. A Maryland native and an avid traveler to cultural centers of the world, Suzanne brings a unique skill set to the team at PMA. From education services at San Lorenzo Basilica in Italy to registrarial work at the Walters Art Museum in Maryland, Suzanne shows her well-rounded experience throughout her programs and is always eager to pass on her enthusiasm and passion for art . Suzanne currently lives and works in Germany.