Staff

ADMINISTRATION

Aaron H. De Groft, Ph.D. (W&M ’88)
Director | adegroft@wm.edu | 757.221.2701

Aaron De Groft received his undergraduate degree in Art History from The College of William & Mary, ’88; an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies with a specialty in contemporary American painting from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina; and as an Appleton Fellow received his Ph.D. in Art History from Florida State University with a specialty in European art from the 15th through the 19th centuries.  He has also studied Italian Renaissance and Baroque art history in Florence, Italy.

De Groft has held professional curatorial and teaching positions at McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, at Florida State University, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. His current research and publishing interests are in Old Master European art including work on Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and a number of other Italian artists.  De Groft is also engaged in focused work on the Gilded Age, and American collectors of Old Master paintings, including a major, forthcoming book on John Ringling, the American Circus and business entrepreneur who built one of the most significant European painting collections in the world and then left it to the people of Florida as his grand legacy.

Before returning to the College in 2005, De Groft was the curator and project coordinator of the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration at the Ringling Museum from late 1995 through 1998. He returned as the Deputy Director & Chief Curator at the Ringling in October 2000 as part of the Florida State University/Ringling affiliation where he oversaw the final phases of the $15,000,000 conservation and restoration of the Ringling historic mansion, Cà d’Zan, as well as overseeing the art collection, conservation, the library, education and programs and the Circus Museum.

Under De Groft’s leadership the Muscarelle has grown in membership, programming and exhibitions. De Groft’s philosophy of “Museum as Laboratory” has also served well to better integrate the Museum into the daily life of The College.

Cindy Lucas
Assistant to the Director | caluca@wm.edu | 757.221.2710

Amber Pfenning
Administrative and Finance Coordinator | alpfenning@wm.edu | 757.221.2709

CURATORIAL

Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Ph.D.
Curator of Native American Art | dmoret@wm.edu | 757.221.1112

Danielle Moretti-Langholtz holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. Danielle came to William & Mary from the American Museum of Natural History and has served as the Director of the American Indian Resource Center in the College’s Department of Anthropology since 1998. Moretti-Langholtz teaches courses with an emphasis on Native American history and culture and a course on Collecting and Exhibiting Cultures, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She is committed to civically engaged research with indigenous communities, and mentoring students interested in anthropology and museum studies. To date she has curated several exhibitions with the assistance of graduate and undergraduate students; the work of Jaune Quick-to-see Smith (2007), In Reach of Memory Still: A Kiowa Legacy in Art (2011), Glenn Close/A Life in Costume (2012), and co-curated with Buck Woodard, Ph.D., Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding and Legacy of America’s Indian School (2016). Moretti-Langholtz is actively working to build the Museum’s collection of Native American art and material culture in support of both future exhibitions and William & Mary’s Native Studies concentration.

Lauren Greene, M.Litt. (W&M ’13)
Assistant Curator & Coordinator | lsgreene01@wm.edu | 757.221.2717

Lauren Greene holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Letters in Art History: Dress and Textile Histories from the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland. As the Curatorial Research and Project Assistant at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Greene assisted with the restoration and reinterpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s private suite of rooms at Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. She worked as an interpreter at the Montpelier Foundation and interned at the National Trust for Scotland and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Adriano Marinazzo
Curator of Digital Initiatives | amarinazzo@wm.edu | 757.221.2707

Adriano Marinazzo is an Italian architect and architectural historian specializing in the virtual reconstruction of historical monuments, a subject he taught at the Department of the History of Architecture at the University of Florence.

His research encompasses art, technology, and the development and the application of digital tools in museum studies.

Adriano has held several lectures, published articles and curated exhibitions on Renaissance art and architecture. Among his research is a noteworthy new hypothesis on a Michelangelo sketch, identified by Marinazzo as the architectural outline of the Sistine Ceiling, possibly the first drawing made by the great artist in the preparatory stage for the decoration of the ceiling. In 2014, Adriano was invited to show this groundbreaking discovery at the XIV Biennale of Architecture of Venice. Marinazzo later developed a multimedia work concerning the painted architecture of the Sistine Ceiling.

Marinazzo worked with the Muscarelle in 2008 when he assisted with the Painting the Italian Landscape: Views from the Uffizi exhibition, in 2010 he presented a study with a video and artistic rendering during the Michelangelo: Anatomy as Architecture, Drawings by the Master exhibition. In 2013 he contributed to the museum’s exhibition, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti, by writing the architectural entries of the catalog.

Marinazzo is writing a book with the working title: Michelangelo: The Tomb and the Vault. Comparisons between the Mausoleum of Julius II and the Painted Architecture of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling.

Currently, Marinazzo is curating Virtual Muscarelle, a collection of virtual exhibitions created by the museum. He is also completing research for a three-dimensional reconstruction project on the architectural history of the William & Mary campus.

MUSEUM EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Steve A. Prince, M.F.A.
Director of Engagement & Distinguished Artist in Residence| saprince01@wm.edu | 757.221.5500

Steve A. Prince is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his BFA from Xavier University of Louisiana and his MFA in Printmaking and Sculpture from Michigan State University and has shown his art internationally in various solo, group, and juried exhibitions. Prince received several honors for his art and scholarship including the 2010 Teacher of the Year for the City of Hampton and has participated in several residencies including the 2007 Partners of the Americas Artist in Residence in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Prince has lectured and conducted workshops in both secular and sacred settings internationally in a variety of media. Many of his hands-on workshops and community-based projects have culminated in the creation of permanent communal based artworks. Among his public works is an 8’ x 8’ mixed media work entitled “Lemonade: A Picture of America” created in 2017 to commemorate the first three African American students in residence at William & Mary. He spreads a message of hope and renewal to the global community through the cathartic funerary tradition from New Orleans called the Dirge and Second Line operating under the credo, “your imagination is your only limitation.”

COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITIONS

Melissa Parris
Head of Collections & Exhibitions | mmparris@wm.edu | 757.221.2704

Melissa Parris holds both a B.A. and M.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Art History, is a graduate of the Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) in museum management training, and is a Certified Institutional Protection Specialist (CIPS) and Manager (CIPM) through The International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection.  She served as Registrar for the Muscarelle Museum of Art in the mid-to-late 1990s before moving to London, England where she worked as a Registrar of Contemporary Arts at Martinspeed, Ltd. Upon her return to the States, she has worked for Art Services International as Registrar and at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as Associate Registrar for Exhibitions and Loans before re-joining the staff at the Muscarelle where she is now Head of Collections and Exhibitions Management and Curator of the President’s Collection of Art. Parris is a member of the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS), co-founder of the Hampton Roads Registrars Group (HRRG), Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) and served on the International Liaisons Task Force for the Registrars Committee of the American Alliance of Museums (RC-AAM) of which she is a long-standing member. In 2011, Parris served as a Cultural Delegate to Cuba for the American Alliance of Museums and has served as program co-chair for two international registrars and collections care specialists symposia in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

Laura Fogarty
Associate Registrar | lfogarty@wm.edu | 757.221.2705

Laura Fogarty holds a B.A. in History from Rhodes College and a Master of Science in Library Science (M.S.L.S.) with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fogarty’s previous experience includes serving as the Registrar’s Fellow for the Muscarelle Museum of Art, working with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s curatorial department, completing an Archival Fellowship for the Memphis and Shelby County Room of the Benjamin L. Hooks Memphis Public Library, interning at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and volunteering at the Mariners’ Museum.

Kevin Gilliam
Facilities & Exhibitions Manager | kgilliam@wm.edu | 757.221.2706

Kevin Gilliam received his B.A. from California State University at Long Beach. He has had a variety of museum experiences, including Exhibition Specialist at The University of Arizona Museum of Art, where he spent sixteen years. In 2005, he began working as an Art Handler for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, trading time between the museums and historic district. Gilliam joined the staff of the Muscarelle in 2008.

SECURITY

Larry Wright
Director of Security | ldwright@wm.edu | 757.221.2708

Glenyss Nock
Security | genock@wm.edu | 757.221.2708

General Inquiries museum@wm.edu | 757.221.2703

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