Amy Bowman-McElhone Pensacola Museum of Art University of West Florida
Amy Bowman-McElhone is the new director and chief curator of the Pensacola Museum of Art at the University of West Florida. A native of Pittsburgh, Bowman-McElhone earned a bachelor’s degree in art history at Penn State University and a master’s degree in art history from West Virginia University. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in art history at Florida State University. Her dissertation is on the contemporary artist Mike Kelley. Bowman-McElhone was director and curator of The Art Gallery at UWF from 2009-12. Her prior experience also includes positions with the Art Museum at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, and the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio. Currently a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate in art history at FSU, Bowman-McElhone also teaches art history courses for the UWF art department. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art, curatorial practices in Latin America, art in the public realm, and curatorial practice and theory.