While New York City hosted the annual CAA conference in February 2013, the IFA had the pleasure of hosting its alumni for a few fun-filled few days of alumni events.
On February 13, Gertje Utley, President of the Alumni Association Board moderated a panel about "alternative" careers of IFA alumni. Panelists included Matthew Israel, Director of The Art Genome Project, Artsy; Suzanne Siano, Chief Conservator and Director, Modern Art Conservation; June Taboroff, Senior Cultural Resource Specialist, Consultant to International Development Agencies; Stefanie Walker, Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities;and Alice S. Zimet, President, Arts + Business Partners, LLC. Video of the panel discussion can be watched here. We are so grateful to these gracious panelists who provided valuable career insights to our students. We received such positive feedback from the students that we will begin holding career panels with greater frequency. If you are interested in speaking on an Alumni Career Panel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
The Annual Alumni Reunion on February 15 brought together nearly 100 alumni from across the globe. As live music wafted through the Duke House, alums enjoyed refreshments, mingling and reconnecting with one another.
During the Reunion, the IFA hosted an Alumni Book Exhibition that included over 40 books published by alumni since 2010. This was the first event of its kind and was so successful that it will be a biennial occurrence going forward.