Kyle Bryner Archive

Bryner elected to vice-chair position

Kyle BrynerKyle Elizabeth Bryner, the registrar and collections manager at the Museum of Anthropology, has been elected as the vice-chair of the Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA).

The Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA) encourages high standards of museum practice and fosters professional growth among museum registrars in the southeastern region of the United States. SERA promotes the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas through educational seminars, publications and other means. SERA initiates and supports activities and projects which help create an atmosphere of cooperation and communication among and between registrars, other museum professionals, and those in related service fields, and pursues further development of professional practices in the field.

Bryner named Emerging Museum Professional

Kyle Elizabeth BrynerKyle Elizabeth Bryner, the registrar and collections manager at the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology, was one of two recipients of the “Emerging Museum Professionals Award” from the Southeastern Museums Conference.

The Emerging Museum Professionals Award, initiated in 2007, recognizes emerging professionals who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in museum activities at their institutions, within the museum profession as a whole and especially in the southeast region.

Bryner was nominated by museum director Stephen Whittington. North Carolina Museums Council President Lindsey Lambert and North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Chief of Collections Management LeRae Umfleet submitted letters of support.

The award was presented during the Southeastern Museums Conference 2012 Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Va., on November 8.

Museum of Anthropology recognized for preservation excellence

Wake Forest University Museum of AnthropologyThe Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology received the inaugural “Award for Collection Preservation Excellence” from the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) during the NCPC’s annual conference.

The award honors those committed to collections preservation and is intended to raise public awareness of the organizational and philanthropic funding so vital for preservation resources.

After a decade of sustained effort, the Museum of Anthropology has a fully inventoried collection, a collections management plan, a long-range conservation plan, an emergency response plan, and a collections storage facility equipped with climate control, fire detection and suppression systems, artifact mounts and compact shelving.

LeRae Umfleet, chief of collections management for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and her “Connecting to Collections” project team members Adrienne Berney and Matt Hunt, nominated the Museum of Anthropology for the award.

They praised director Stephen Whittington for his vision and dedication to improve the museum’s preservation program.

“This award is affirmation of two things by our peers: the museum staff’s commitment to exceed professional standards for care of collections and the University administration’s decision to preserve important collections like the museum’s in an off-site storage facility,” said Whittington.

Registrar and Collections manager Kyle Elizabeth Bryner was commended for her role in the implementation of best practices. Sara Cromwell, public relations, marketing and membership coordinator, was also recognized for her contributions to preservation fundraising.

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Cromwell, Bryner present at museums meeting

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Museum of Anthropology staff members Sara Cromwell and Kyle Elizabeth Bryner presented a session on “Creative Conservation Funding” at the March 17-19 annual meeting of the North Carolina Museums Council in Asheville.

Cromwell is the public relations, marketing and membership coordinator for the MOA, and Kyle is the registrar and collections manager. The session highlighted their successful fundraising campaigns on behalf of MOA’s collections and was featured on the North Carolina Connecting to Collections blog, an outreach program of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Bryner moderates panel at conference

Kyle Bryner, collections manager at the Museum of Anthropology, moderated and participated in several panels and presentations at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Museums Conference in Baton Rouge, La., in October, including “Collections Plans, How to!” and “Collecting Ethics in the Real World.”