Hi! I’m Keidra,
McKnight Doctoral Fellow, Texts & Technology PhD Program, University of Central Florida
As one of the world’s oldest technologies, textiles reflect the importance of design-based problem solving and experimentation. In Florida, museums have shown fervent interest in collecting and presenting fiber art but remain challenged with engaging their audiences. During my tenure at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Tech, my research focused on addressing how textiles – a familiar, yet dynamic medium – can be utilized to question cultural divisions, foster intergenerational dialogue, and enhance the understanding of traditionally-underrepresented narratives. The experience of leading this collaborative, interdisciplinary work underscores my research in Texts and Technology (T&T).
Specializing in museum and curatorial practice, I currently serve as a guest speaker, consultant, and panelist for conferences and webinars nationwide. Past presentations include sessions for the Florida Association of Museums (FAM), Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG), Museum Leadership Institute, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).