Student Spotlight: Nakeyta Moore, Frost Art Museum Intern

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Nakeyta Moore is minoring in Art History while seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and she expects to graduate from the College of Architecture + the Arts in Fall 2014. As of August 2013, Moore is an intern at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU. Under Events and Membership Coordinator Ximena Gallegos, Moore creates and ships membership packages to friends and donors of the Frost Art Museum, organizes exhibition openings and donation events like DeFrost, and many other tasks. This fall semester, Moore will help the Frost organize its functions for Art Basel 2013, and she will also participate in the November reveal of Manuel Mendive’s new sculpture at the Frost. “I have learned a lot about the effort and collaboration that is involved in sustaining a museum,” said Moore. Her internship at the Frost has even influenced her senior thesis. “I have always been interested in controversial and deviant art….” Moore will entitle her thesis Theatre in the Raw: The Exploration of Stage Nudity. “I am fascinated with the human body, what it can do, and how it can affect others. The Frost has helped me to discover a love for human ability and [for] human inclination [towards] beautiful objects.”

Moore has been on the FIU Dean’s List every semester since 2011 and is a student in the Honors College. She studied abroad for a month with Professor John Bailly in Italy in Summer 2012, an experience she says inspired her to minor in Art History. “I learned that art is a powerful tool that changes ideals and theories,” said Moore. “It captures history and culture, and, when preserved, could serve as a teacher [for] future generations.” Additionally, Moore curated the Aesthetics & Values 2013 exhibition at the Frost Art Museum. Currently, Moore is in a student-directed production of the Tennessee Williams play Suddenly Last Summer.

As a piece of advice to her fellow Art+Art History classmates, Moore said, “Everyone is unique and has a unique perspective. Learn about what you love and share your ideas with others. Always accept constructive criticism and aim for the things beyond your reach. Finally, find beauty in your work. Art is beautiful, whether visual[ly] or intellectual[ly].”

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