Media Advisory: Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology staff member honored

Kyle Elizabeth Bryner, registrar and collections manager at the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology, received the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Emerging Museum Professional Award.

The award, initiated in 2007, recognizes museum professionals with less than 10 years of experience who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in museum activities at their institutions, and within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region.

Kyle has been the registrar and collections manager at the museum since 2005, and she is responsible for all aspects of collections management.  In receiving the award, she was recognized for her efforts promoting the museum’s online collections database as a resource, leading a massive transformation of the museum’s collections storage, and initiating the “Save Our Hide” Conservation Fund campaign, which has raised more than $5,000 to date.

Kyle was also commended for regularly presenting sessions at conferences including SEMC and the American Alliance of Museums, co-authoring publications on collections management topics, and serving on the board of the North Carolina Museums Council.

Stephen Whittington, director of the Museum, said, “We are proud that Kyle has received this honor. She is detail-oriented, very efficient, and always looking for ways to do her job better.”

Kyle received an engraved plaque and a unique ceramic pitcher by potter Daniel Johnston of Seagrove, N.C.  In addition, SEMC will credit $500 toward the Alderson Fellowships, a component of the SEMC Endowment, in her name and honor.


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