Art and Design
Indiana State University alumna Christina Allen Greive is a museum professional who puts her ISU education to use in her museums career.
Her BFA and BA degrees in both studio arts and art history earned at Indiana State University prepared her for master’s-degree work in museum studies at Western Illinois University. Additionally, she had her first professional experiences at ISU, learning art studio and resource-management skills while working at the University Art Gallery and managing the printmaking and sculpture studios.
Since then she has worked at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, where she planned museum events and programs, taught studio classes and oversaw the museum’s internship program. She has also worked with museum holdings—at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Kentucky she helped to manage a collection of more than 35,000 historical objects and artworks.
Using the communication, organization and community outreach skills learned at ISU and WIU, Greive directed the Boys and Girls Clubs in Louisville, where she oversaw all of the staff programs and grants. She leveraged her creative skills to enhance the organization’s marketing strategies and successful membership drives.
She now lives in Indianapolis and works for the Indianapolis Museum of Art where she is the Assistant Registrar for Loans and Exhibitions. In this position she manages artworks loaned to the museum and she contributes to the organization and implementation of IMA exhibitions. She is also the Development Chair for the Registrar’s Committee of the American Alliance of Museums—the nation’s most important organization for museum professionals.
In the Fall of 2014, she shared her expertise at ISU as the instructor of the curatorial practices course in which she taught art students how to evaluate art exhibitions and to create exhibitions of their own through hands-on, experiential learning.
Greive says of her university experience, “ISU provided me with a well-rounded general education that helped me excel in other areas besides my degrees. Taking general education courses in addition to studio and art history courses gave me different skill sets and abilities that I have since applied to my career.”