Meet the Dixon staff – Linley!

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Name: Linley Schmidt
Position: Adult Program Coordinator
College/University: University of Memphis
How long have you worked at the Dixon? 3 weeks!


The best thing about living in Memphis is……

Everyone is connected somehow! Its fun to find out this person knows that person and that person knows this person…

What famous artist (deceased or living) would you want to be for one day and why?

I would want to be Annie Leibovitz for a day because I could photograph just about anyone (who would say no to her?) and create an image of them that beautifully reveals the essence of who they are while being aesthetically beautiful.

How old were you on your first visit to a museum (art, science history)? How did it shape your interest in museums?

My mother is an artist and my father is a Memphis historian at heart so as a child the world was an art and history museum. Everything beautiful was pointed out and the story of everything historically significant was told. That passed on knowledge made me want to know more, and a concentration of “more” tends to be in museums so I love them!

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?

A dog named Zara, a cat named Selene; two birds, Moninoke and Keoko and a hamster named Halle. Oh, a big spider currently in the front yard named Steve.

What is your favorite piece in Jean-Louis Forain: La Comédie parisienne?

Dancer in a Colored Tutu. I love the way she seems to glow out of the darkness.

 What do you like most about working at the Dixon?

Everyone is very nice and willing to help.