I was on winter break of my senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire when I first came across the job listing for the marketing and communication manager position at the Woodson Art Museum. It was easily the most intriguing job I came across during my post-college career job hunt. I had my resume ready to roll and already shared my excitement for the opportunity with friends. Then it hit me — I had a whole semester left before graduation and the Museum was looking for an immediate hire. Again, I dove into my search for a marketing job.
A month out from graduation, I found myself still looking for a job. One day, my mom encouraged me to Google “marketing jobs in Wausau,” which I had done at least 100 times. I was not expecting to find anything that genuinely interested me, though moving back home to Wausau was something I had wanted. To my surprise, there it was again, marketing and communication manager at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. I applied that night.
I’m just shy of two months at my new job, and I have fallen in love with everything about the Museum. I’ve been learning so much about art, its processes, and the history of the Museum and its founding families. I was never skilled at art, but it has always been interesting to me. Being a part of the Woodson has taught me that art has no rules — it is something that everyone can enjoy no matter their age or ability. Working in an environment where creativity flourishes is an absolute dream for anyone in marketing. The staff and community have been so helpful and welcoming. I could not have landed a better gig for my first “big girl” job.
Aside from work, and spending time with my family and dogs, I enjoy traveling around the state visiting with friends from college who are also embarking on their new “real-world” journeys. My favorite summer place is in the Minocqua area and when the weather permits, I enjoy spending time on the beautiful lakes and catching as much sun as I can. When the snow flies, you will find me in ice rinks and on frozen ponds watching lots of hockey.
I am looking forward to continue meeting artists, members, and visitors at the Museum. The upcoming Birds in Art exhibition will be a wonderful opportunity to make even more connections. If you happen to make your way into the Museum in the near future, especially during the Birds in Art opening on September 9th, make sure to say hi and introduce yourself!