Tues, June 22 – Unexpected Art: Museum of the Interior at the Dept of the Interior
June 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tracy Baetz, chief curator of the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, will provide an overview of the museum’s 83-year history, its unique role in a Cabinet-level agency, and its context within a 1930’s headquarters that is home to the most New Deal-era murals of any federal building. In sharing highlights from the museum’s collection, she will draw upon the more than 1,200 works of art that provide inspiration and insight into the missions of the Department and will preview the museum’s newest exhibition, Thomas Moran & the ‘Big Picture’.
Tracy Baetz’s career has spanned nearly 30 years with local, state, and federal museums—including a decade with national outreach initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution, seven years as the executive director of the accredited Brick Store Museum in Maine, and, for the past eight years, as the chief curator of the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum. Tracy brings creativity and a multidisciplinary approach to exhibition projects that have run the gamut from baseball and pop culture to rustic furniture and 19th-century American art. She has additionally visited more than 650 museums, cultural sites, and national parks worldwide. Tracy holds dual bachelor’s degrees from William & Mary and a master’s degree from Florida State University.