Exhibiting Talent

Andrea Karnes ’01 MA found her calling – and the rest is art history.

(This article by Melody McDonald Lanier originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of “TCU Magazine.”)

Fresh out of college with a degree in art history, Andrea Karnes landed a receptionist job at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

It was 1989. The pay was $16,000 a year, and Karnes was blissfully “clueless.”

Andrea Karnes '01

Andrea Karnes ’01, curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Photo by Carolyn Cruz

“I had no idea what people in museums really did. It was vague to me,” she said. “Within a year, I decided I wanted to be a curator. I didn’t know if I could do it, but I knew that is what I wanted to do.”

And do it, Karnes did ― but not without decades of study, travel, commitment and focus. She obtained a master’s degree in art history from TCU and worked her way up the career ladder.

Receptionist. Research assistant. Registrar. Assistant curator. Associate curator. Curator.

Read more in TCU Magazine.