Sheridan Prize for Art

The 2021 Sheridan Prize for Art Archive

Melinda Marie McCrary

2013 Master of Arts in Museum Studies, San Francisco State University
2007 Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Kansas
2001 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & Classical Civilizations, Univ. of Illinois-Chicago

Employment History:
Executive Director, Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Vallejo, Ca.
Chief executive and curator in charge of a well established history museum. Manages all community relations in one of the most diverse cities in the United States. Develops and implements all exhibitions and public programs. Manages acquisitions to the collection. Directs institutional finances and investments. Leads a team of three paid staff, dozens of volunteers and board of directors.
Adjunct Faculty, Anthropology Jan. 2017- Present Contra Costa College, San Pablo Ca.
Professor on record for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Anth 130) and Magic, Witchcraft and Religion (Anth 150).
Fall 2020, Fall 2021 International Education Center at Diablo Valley College, Bridge Program Professor on Record-Anthropology 130 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Executive Director, Richmond Museum of History & Culture April 2013-December 2021
Chief executive responsible for overseeing operations at the Richmond Museum of History. Implemented best management practices in all aspects of the Richmond Museum while navigating the transition from a grassroots nonprofit led by volunteers to a professionally run organization with academically trained paid staff. First paid chief executive in the organization.
Curator/Museum Manager Oct. 2012-Apr 2013 Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Avenue Richmond, California. Assumed responsibility for all operations of the museum including volunteer management, visitor services, lead docent, and facility manager.
Museum Technician Aug. 2012-Oct. 2012 Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Avenue Richmond, California. My duties included supporting the manager in museum operations.
Museum Educator, Feb - Aug 2012, Bay Area Discovery Museum Sausalito, CA. Duties included presenting public programs related to science, history, art through creative play for children 3-7 years of age.
Archaeologist, Analytical Environmental Services Sacramento, CA Nov. 2009-Mar. 2011 Duties included implementing cultural resource management projects in compliance with local, state and Federal environmental protection regulation while managing project budgets of up to $100,000.
Archaeologist, Pacific Legacy, Inc. Berkeley, CA Apr. 2009-Nov. 2009 Technician assisting with report writing with a large-scale archaeological investigation in Nevada associated with the Ruby Pipeline Project.
Archaeologist, William Self Associates, Inc. Orinda, CA Mar. 2007-Apr. 2009 Duties: research associated with cultural resource management in California, Nevada and Arizona
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Jun. 2004-May 2006 Dept. of Anthropology, University of Kansas. Myth, Legend and Folk Belief in East Asia (Anth 293), Introduction to Archaeology (Anth 110/310), Field Methods in Archaeology (Anth 464)
Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Anthropology, University of Kansas. Spr. 2004-Fall 2006
Visitor Services, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL. Summer 1998 Duties: ticketing, crowd control, maintaining exhibit space and public relations.

Volunteer Experience:
Rotary Club of Richmond, CA, Community Service Committee
Historic Landmark Advisory Committee, Contra Costa County, Fall 2018-Present
Board Member, Museum Studies Special Interest Group (MSSIG), San Francisco State University (2016-2019)
Social Media Coordinator, Golden Gate Basset Rescue, Petaluma (2011-2014)
Intern, Costume Collection, Oakland Museum of California, 2012
Archaeologist, Grotte de Gargas (Gargas Cave), Aventignan, Haute-Pyrenees, France. 2010 Excavation on the cultural deposits associated with the Gravettian occupation (ca. 26,000 BP)

Conferences & Lectures:
Managing Your Collections Backlog, Co-Presenter Webinar, American Alliance of Museums, December 8, 2015.
The Unmanaged Collection, Poster Session in the annual meeting of the Western Museum Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 5-8, 2014.
Public Archaeology in the 21st Century Chair, Symposium at the 77th annual Society of American Archaeology Meeting, Memphis, TN 2012
New Discoveries in the Spatial Distribution of Olivella Grooved Rectangle Beads. 76th annual Society of American Archaeology meeting, Sacramento, CA 2011
Chert Changes at the Ruby Robin Site, DuPage County, Illinois 49th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, WI 2003

Training & Awards:
2010 Section 106: The Essentials. National Preservation Institute, Riverside, California.
2013 Executive Director 101, Compass Point Nonprofit Services, Oakland, California
2014 Community Leadership Institute, Richmond Community Foundation, California.
2016 21st Century Museum Leadership Institute, George Washington University & Smithsonian Affiliates, Washington DC. Scholarship Recipient.
2018 Historic Preservation Award City of Richmond, California

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