Our staff is always asked about their backgrounds and how they came to work at the Driehaus Museum. So we wanted to share some of our amazing team with everyone. And, as always, let us know if you have any other questions.
What role does your position play at the Driehaus Museum?
It is my responsibility to facilitate private museum rentals for individuals as well as corporate clients. The home was designed by the Nickersons for entertaining and socializing, so seeing events come to life in the Museum is particularly special and exciting!
How long have you worked at the Museum?
I started in this position in October of 2016.
Where are you from/where do you currently reside?
I am a born and bred Hoosier, having lived in Indiana most of my life. I moved to Chicago in 2012 after receiving a job offer right out of school. I currently live in Logan Square with my significant other and two adorable pups.
What is your education/experience background? How or why did you come to work at the Driehaus Museum?
I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science in Art Management. Throughout my time in school, I was fortunate enough to intern at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Through these opportunities, my appreciation and interest in the arts sector grew. Since then I have made it a goal to create a career path for myself within the museum industry.
If you were a staff member of the Nickerson Mansion at the turn of the century, what role would you have and why?
The head chef without a doubt! Not only do I enjoy cooking as a hobby, but I have a hard time relaxing unless I know that everyone is happy and full.
If you were trapped in the Museum overnight, what would you do?
Assuming that the normal Museum rules don’t apply here, I would invite a group of friends over for a dinner party in the dining room, and maybe a live jazz trio and cocktails after!
What is your favorite holiday/program or event at the Museum?
Nothing is quite like the holiday season at the Museum. The Holiday Jazz Cabaret is one of my favorites!
Tell us about one of your favorite moments during your time working at the Museum?
One of my favorite moments has been participating in the development process of A Toast to the Gilded Age, a new Museum program which focuses on the history of various libations during the turn of the century. It has been exciting to do something a little out of the box.
For more information about working with Marissa and hosting your special event at the Driehaus Museum, click here.