Museum Staff

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Dr. Francine Carraro, Ph.D.
Museum Director 

22 years of experience as executive director of The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas; the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine: and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I was also a tenured full professor of art history at Texas State University. My experience in both the museum and the university environments has been challenging and fulfilling. My educational background includes a Ph.D. in  American Studies from the The University of Texas at Austin; an M.F.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, Dallas; and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hendrix College, Arkansas. I received other professional training in a seminar on Caring for Collections with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a symposium on CEOs and Governance from AAM Professional Education Program, and Post-graduate training at the University of Colorado on Museum Management.

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Connie Nolen
Administrative Assistant
   

Connie became a member of the museum staff April 2012. Connie serves as publisher of our website, bi-weekly newsletter and social media sights. Creative engineer for all printed media for the museum.  Also assisting the Director and other team members to make the museum a wonderful place promoting all types of art and serving our community as well as MSU.

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Mary Helen Maskill
Community Engagement Manager

Mary Helen has been a part of the museum staff since October of 2005.

Mary Helen received a Commercial Art degree from Harris School of Advertising and a B.A. at Tulane University where she studied painting and drawing.

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Danny Bills
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions    

Danny Bills has been a part of the museum since 1998. As the Curator, he is responsible for the cataloging, preservation and presentation of the Museum's artwork and objects. He also manages exhibition installation. Danny received his B.F.A. from Midwestern State University in 1994 and his M.F.A. from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

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BriAnna Satterfield
Collections Manager    

BriAnna graduated from Midwestern State University in 2011 with a B.F.A. concentrating in painting and printmaking.  She went on to complete her Masters in Museum Science at Texas Tech University, joining professional skill and creativity tailored for art museums. BriAnna works closely with the collection and exhibitions to ensure all aspects of collections handling, inventory, transportation and records management.

Joshua Maxwell
Curator of Education

Joshua Maxwell has over a decade of experience as an educator in museums, studio workshops, galleries, historic sites, and classrooms. He received a BA in Art History from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a MAT in Museum Education at George Washington University. As the Curator of Education, Joshua works to develop, facilitate, and evaluate museum programming while working to increase the level of engagement between the museum and Midwestern State University.

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Shirley Desborough
Business Manager  

Shirley began volunteering at the museum 15 years ago. She joined the part time staff 10 years ago and handles the Museum's accounting .  Shirley retired after 35 years banking experience.  Her other volunteer activites include working with the Girls Scouts for 45 years, and hospice over the last 10 years.

Michael Ivie
Museum Facility Technician 

Michael ensures the building systems at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University are operated according to AAM standards providing optimal climate for the preservation and care of works of art.  Michael began as a student worker in November of 2010, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from MSU, May, 2015 and began his full time employment at the Museum.