|Q: Camille, what
year did you come to Wesleyan?
A: Originally, I came to Wesleyan in 1999, and I was as an administrative
assistant for the Office of University Communications. One of my key
responsibilities was to oversee the production of the Wesleyan Weekly, when
there still was a printed version of the events on campus. I later
transferred to the Center for the Arts office.
Q: You were recently promoted to be the CFAís financial analyst and
gallery coordinator. What is involved in your new position?
A: My position had evolved over the last several years in both its
responsibilities and complexity. It involves much more budget management,
forecasting and financial analysis.
I will also act as the financial
consultant to the financial coordinator of the Green Street Arts
Q: What gallery do you coordinate? And how does this overlap with Nina
Felshinís role, if any?
A: Iíll be working with the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery exhibits. Nina
is the curator of exhibitions. She works directly with the artists and
plans the exhibitions. I am in charge of managing the operations of the
gallery which involves overseeing all activities in the gallery, including
staffing, scheduling and general oversight. I work with Nina on the gallery
budget management as well.
Q: What are your personal interests in the arts?
A: I have always enjoyed both the visual arts and the performing arts. I
admire the traditional masters as well as more contemporary artists. There
is so much inspiration in their work. I love going to galleries and museums
and being overwhelmed by the art.
I am a big fan of photography. I also enjoy watching dancers, musicians and
actors perform. Anyone who has talent that I donít, I admire.
Q: I understand you are a GLSP student. What have been some of your favorite
classes, and are you taking any this summer?
A: I have to say that Iíve enjoyed all of the GLSP classes that Iíve taken.
I especially enjoyed the portrait photography course with Marion Belanger. I
was able to take chances with my work and explore new techniques. This
summer, I plan to take The Cinema of Pedro Almodůvar and Black and White
Photography: Art and Technique. I chose the ARTS as my focus in GLSP since
the possibilities are endless.
Q: Who are the key people you work with at the CFA, and do you feel it is
beneficial to be immersed in the arts all day?
A: I have the opportunity to work with really wonderful hard-working people.
Much of our work requires a collaborative effort and we work well as a team.
I think that certain environments are more productive than others. Being
immersed in the arts is both very rewarding and interesting as well. It is
so culturally rich. A creative environment seems to suit my personality.
Q: What goes on during the day?
A: There is a lot of paperwork and financial reporting that is involved in
the job. I often have to meet with Pam Tatge for our budget reviews as well
as our financial planning. I am on the Financial Managersí Committee as
well. The heaviest concentration of my work done is on the computer. I think
that Wesleyan is a great place to work.
Q: How is your job challenging or rewarding?
A: I really enjoy working in such a creative environment. There is talent
all around me, both in visual and performing arts. We at the CFA have a very
busy schedule year round. Multi-tasking is key. Making sure everything gets
done well and on time is sometimes challenging. If I could have a just a few
more hours in the day, Iíd be all set.
Q: Where did you go to college and what did you major in? When will you
finish your masterís of arts in liberal studies?
A: I went to the University of Connecticut and I majored in occupational and
environmental health and safety. I will complete my masterís of arts in
liberal studies in spring 2007.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests?
A: I really love photography and I am still in the process of learning.
There are so many options available and I continuing to explore new
techniques to really try to expand my own work.
Q: What is something unique about you?
A: Itís hard to narrow it down. I prefer to think of my idiosyncrasies as
what make me unique. Iíll say that my uncanny ability to memorize song
lyrics is unique. I know all lyrics to all types of music, from the time I
was growing up to now as an adult I am generally a private person, but I
will say that I am engaged and we have three cats, or as I usually refer to
them, three furry children. Since I am taking two GLSP courses this summer,
I will most likely be enjoying weekend day trips to the beach to allow myself
enough time to study.