My name is Melissa Jessup and I’m from Loveland, Ohio (30 minutes north of Cincinnati). I am a senior studying Art History at the college of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). I decided to take the Documenting Bonnie Cashin Collection class because it counted as an art history elective, and I wanted to learn more about fashion. I also wanted to learn about exhibition planning and curating. The most interesting thing I’ve learned so far in this class is all the work that goes into curating an exhibition. Through a field trip where we talked with the curator of textiles at the Cincinnati Art Museum (Cynthia Amneus), we learned about the years of work that goes into planning an exhibition, and we also took part in a mock panel, where we discussed our choices of garments. Through speaking with her and participating in the work she does on a smaller scale, I was able to truly understand the amount of time, dedication and work that truly goes into curating an exhibition. What I learned here I would not have known through my normal art history lectures.

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