Traci Garland currently serves as the Interim Director of Administration and Interim Registrar at the Institute for Contemporary Art. She brings more than ten years of experience working in Richmond’s vibrant arts community and within the dynamic environment of a public research university — most recently as Gallery Coordinator for VCUarts’ Anderson Gallery. At the ICA, she is responsible for developing and implementing policies that will both ensure the safety of works on view and encourage visitors to have engaging and inspiring experiences. Additionally, Garland will provide critical operational and programmatic support to the ICA, and work to facilitate strong, strategic connections with VCU’s administrative units.
Prior to working at the University, Garland completed VCU’s graduate art history program, while working as a lab manager and senior technician at two Richmond-based conservation studios. In 2008, she was also a technical conservation consultant for the Virginia State Capitol Building restoration project. At the Anderson Gallery, Garland had a diverse array of responsibilities, including oversight of the University’s collection; logistical coordination for temporary exhibitions; event management and visitor services; and human resource administration.
Garland is also an adjunct assistant professor in VCU’s Department of Art History. Her primary pedagogical interest is the exploration of innovative ways museums engage university-level students through real-world, practical experiences. Recently, she developed and taught a collections-based service learning course for VCU — which brought together art history undergraduate students and a local non-profit serving traumatized children — as well as a collections management practices course for the Virginia Association of Museums’ online certificate program. In 2014, Garland and co-instructor Michael Lease were awarded a VCU Community Engagement grant to develop an interdisciplinary service learning course; the course culminated in an exhibition entitled Made in Church Hill, which was on view at Richmond’s Valentine Museum in 2015.