Get to know the newest member of The Blanton‘s development team, Molly Sherman, in this Q&A; by Anna Berns, the museum’s development manager of foundation and corporate relations.
Name and title: Molly Sherman, development director
Years employed at The Blanton: Just over one month!
What is your role at the museum?
I think of development as the making of friends on behalf of an institution. It takes a lot of time, attention, thoughtfulness, and integrity to maintain good friendships. We want our Blanton friends and supporters to connect to the institution for the long term. If we hold up our end of the bargain with quality exhibitions, learning opportunities, community outreach, and sincere and authentic stewardship, then we should be able to have rewarding, and mutually beneficial friendships for a very long time.
What are you most excited about in your job?
I love the visual arts. In undergraduate (Plan II ‘86) and graduate school (McCombs, MBA ‘89), I used my elective hours to take as many art history courses as I could squeeze into a semester. I also love UT. How much fun for me to get to combine these two passions!
What is a challenge you face in your job?
Not enough hours in the day!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional dancer. In fact, I danced in the UT Fine Arts department through graduate school.
Do you remember the first museum you visited?
I’m from Lubbock and Texas Tech has a very nice museum—one that covers everything from ranching history to the visual arts. I also remember my first visit to New York City when I was 10. We visited the Guggenheim and walked up the “swirl” staircase rather than down it. That was exciting!
Do you have a favorite artist or work of art?
My favorite piece of art is a Lance Letscher that I commissioned about seven years ago. I have four daughters, two sets of identical twins. Each shape in the collage has an identical twin shape mixed in somewhere on the canvas. I can stare at it for hours. As for The Blanton’s collection, I want to get to know all of the works before I pick a favorite!
What’s on your summer wish list?
I think I’ll be at The Blanton for most of the summer. However, one vacation I’ll have that will be unique for me is that all four of my girls will be gone for two weeks in June. I’ve never had a vacation in my own home for that length of time! Maybe I’ll even get to read a book. Any recommendations?
Something people might be surprised to know about you?
I once auditioned for a Broadway musical!
What else should I ask you?
How did you get two sets of identical twins? That question is asked of me daily. I have no idea! I have no twins in the family and it was a surprise both times. My older twins are now seniors in high school and it has gone so fast. One of them will be entering the UT School of Architecture in the fall. It’s fun to see that the UT experience will begin again in the life of one of my children.
Read more about Molly’s new appointment at The Blanton on Culture Map.