Alumna Maria Iafelice Receives Ohio Museums Association Award
Maria Iafelice (BA ’09, MA ’13, Art Education) was awarded Emerging Professional of the Year from the Ohio Museums Association. This award recognizes exceptional promise and potential for emerging professionals in the museum field. The winners were recognized during the Annual OMA Awards Program Ceremony, which took place Sunday, June 21 at 7 p.m., as the kick-off event for the 2020 Ohio Museums Association Virtual Conference.
“I am truly honored to be recognized as the Ohio Museums Association Emerging Professional of the Year; and am appreciative of the mentors and colleagues that have encouraged and guided me along the way. It is impressive and inspiring to see the many people, programs, and projects recognized by the OMA this year, which are making an impact in the community,” said Iafelice.
Dedicated to making art accessible, she joined the Toledo Museum of Art’s Education & Engagement team in 2015, where she currently oversees youth and family programs and community initiatives including the annual Block Party event and Circle, TMA’s affinity group dedicated to inclusive and innovative programming. She was selected to be part of the Museum Leadership Institute’s 2018 Next Gen leadership program and recently received nominations for Toledo’s 20 Under 40 awards. Iafelice sits on the Collingwood Art Center’s board of directors, is a member of The Arts Commission’s Artist Services Committee and previously volunteered as a mentor for first generation college students with College Now Greater Cleveland. Iafelice’s research expertise is an intersection between contemporary art practice and pedagogy with publication in the Journal of Childhood Studies and has exhibited art locally and internationally.