Liia Thrasher
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Location: Houston, TX, USA
University: University of Houston
Major: Arts Leadership

Liia Thrasher

Education

2017 | University of Houston – Bachelor’s of Art History and Bachelor’s of Anthropology
Cum Laude, Member of Honor’s College
Seniors Honors Thesis: “Return to the Lord, that He May Return to Us:” The Crescent Moon and the Other in the Visual Language of Hieronymus Bosch (Advisor: Dr. Rodney Nevitt)

Summer 2015 | Study abroad in Cannes, France for six weeks. Along with Museum visits to Paris, Rome, and Florence.

2019 in progress | University of Houston – Arts and Arts Leadership & certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Internships and Professional Experience

Summer 2015 | Curatorial Intern, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program
Week long, nationally competitive curatorial internship program at the MFAH. At the end of the week the interns presented curatorial projects in front of faculty and curators at the museum.

Fall 2017 | Volunteered and helped plan the National Women’s Conference at UH, November 6-7.
Also planned the arts programming and ending celebration: Go Forth From Houston: Women in the Arts Take Action, highlighting over twenty women artists working in a variety of mediums. Worked with the conference organizers for the 40th anniversary celebration and conference.

Spring 2018 | Curatorial Intern, Blaffer Art Museum, The University of Houston
Semester long curatorial intern at the Blaffer Art Museum where I assisted Blaffer staff in the planning and curation of the annual Student Exhibition. This process included artists visits in their studios as well as close working with the Blaffer staff and University of Houston painting professors in the layout of the exhibition. Also helped design and research posters for the Texas Association of Museums conference and represented the Museum at the conference.

Volunteer Experience

2014 | Girls Inc., Houston
Volunteered at River Oaks Elementary with the Girls Inc. STEM afterschool program. Also helped establish the Girls DIG IT! Program where we took the girls to the field alongside a UH archaeology professor—helping them get excited about history and archaeology through material culture.

Conferences

2016 | Attended Jheronimus Bosch: His Life and His Work in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Along with the 2016 exhibit Jheronimus Bosch: Visions of Genius with Bosch scholars
2017 | Volunteered for and planned art event surrounding the National Women’s Conference at the University of Houston
2018 | Entered and presented poster at Texas Association of Museums conference in Houston with Blaffer Art Museum


Languages and Skills

Some French language experience
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access) and Google apps


Experience

Archives | Took graduate and undergraduate courses that were involved with the University of Houston Special Collections; also researched the Houston Gorilla Girls Collection and began digitizing some items from the collection.

Archival research for the National Women’s Conference | Worked heavily with the UH Special Collections for the preparations for the National Women’s Conference that celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, TX. This included an archival exhibition in the University of Houston MD Anderson Library and an online walking tour that included curated selections from the archives.

Oral Histories | Completed oral histories for the National Women’s Conference with my graduate level history class. Also took Oral History (graduate) where we learned about issues related to oral history ethics, research, and practices. The course helped with the inaugural year of the University of Houston’s Oral History Project that focused on Hurricane Harvey stories. I personally took an oral history from Rabbi Jill Levy of the Jewish Community Center.

Arts, gallery, museum, education, history