Zinnia Willits

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Title:
Museum Studies Distance Education Instructor,
Museum Studies Program
Email:
[email protected]

Bio

Zinnia Willits is the Director of Collections and Operations at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology from the University of Illinois, Champaign, in 1995. She received her Master of Arts in Public History from the University of South Carolina in 1999 and has worked at the Gibbes since 2003 where she manages the museum's permanent collection and operations as well as logistics for its active exhibition and loan programs. Zinnia is the current President of the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) and has been a member of SEMC Council of Directors since 2015.  She served as Program Committee Chair for SEMC 2017 and has also chaired the Scholarship and Evaluation Committees. Zinnia recently completed her second term on the American Alliance of Museums National Program Committee (2018-2019) and is a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program in the area of Collections Stewardship. She has presented sessions on registration and collections management at state, regional and national conferences and has expertise in the areas of collections management, storage planning, career management, grant writing and museum operations. Zinnia’s contributions to publications include “Museums in Motion Today: To Collect.” Museums in Motion, Third Edition, edited by Rebecca Shrum, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2017, pp.222-23 and “Government Grants.” Museums & Revenue, Third Edition, edited by Samantha Chmelik, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, forthcoming September 2019.


Publications

“Museums in Motion Today: To Collect.” Museums in Motion, Third Edition, edited by Rebecca Shrum, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2017, pp.222-23.

“Government Grants.” Museums & Revenue, edited by Samantha Chmelik, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, forthcoming  September 2019.

 


Education

M.A. Public History (Museum Studies), University of South Carolina, December 1997

B.A. Anthropology (History Minor), University of Illinois, May 1995


Professional Affiliations

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

  • 2018 and 2019 National Program Committee member
  • Council of Regions (2018-present)
  • Museum Assessment Program (MAP) Peer Reviewer (2011- present)
  • AAM Fellowship Task Force (2011-2018)

 

Collections Stewardship Committee of the American Alliance of Museums (CSC-AAM)

  • Chair CSC-AAM Fellowship Committee (July 2011- December2 2017)

 

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)

  • President (October 2018- present)
  • Vice President (June 2017-2018); Executive Council (2014 – present)
  • 2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair
  • Annual Meeting Program Committee (2012-present)

 

South Carolina Federation of Museums (SCFM)

  • Chair, South Carolina Abandoned Cultural Property Board (2014-present)
  • Past President (2016-2018); President (2014-2016), First Vice President (2012-2014)
  • Professional Development Committee Chair 2010-2011
  • Professional Development Committee (2008-2014)

Organized annual White Gloves Gang Volunteer Projects 2012-present

Organized workshop, Leadership Training for Museum Professionals, Charleston, SC May 2011

Organized workshop, Disaster Recovery for Museum Collections, Charleston, SC November 2008