Mark B. Schlemmer (he/him)
Museum Professional in New York
Mark has over thirteen years of experience in the museum sector, augmented with an MA in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University. He is passionate about the role of museums in our society and believes firmly that #MuseumsAreNotNeutral.
Since 2015, he has been on staff at the New-York Historical Society where he is the Registrar for Collections. He oversees new acquisitions, manages the Society's active outgoing loans program, organizes the registrarial logistics for travelling exhibitions, and collaborates on select in-house temporary exhibitions. Prior to that, he was on the registrarial team at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
From 2014 - 2017 Mark served on the Board of Directors of ARCS (Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists) where he was also the Chairman of the Education Committee. In that role, he spearheaded and managed the first fifteen editions of #ARCSchat, a monthly Twitter-based conversation on topics related to museums and collections management. You can now find this ongoing, lively, and relevant chat in its new iteration on YouTube.
In 2013, Mark founded @ITweetMuseums, a popular, non-affiliated, independent Twitter-based initiative which now has 15000+ followers. The account was created to encourage and support all cultural workers to tweet about museums from their personal accounts. For a look into museums from the point-of-view of the dedicated staff who work in them, seek out the hashtag #ITweetMuseums on Twitter, Instagram (where almost 15000 photos have now been tagged), and other social media platforms. Or, check out these Wakelet posts of summaries from past events, chats, and university lectures, including various how-to resources.
You can find Mark on social media platforms sharing his enthusiasm for exhibitions and striving to get more museum professionals to engage via social media. His user name across all platforms is always the same: MarkBSchlemmer. Seek him out to follow his fervent support for museums.
Mark is also keenly interested in foreign languages. In addition to a BFA degree in Design, he has a BA in French, and is proficient in Castilian Spanish. He studied and worked in France and Spain for twelve years, and looks forward to any opportunity to travel abroad for either work or pleasure.