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.”
“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.