|Camille Parente is the financial analyst / gallery coordinator for the Center for the Arts.|
|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 CFAs 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 Center.
Q: What gallery do you coordinate? And how does this overlap with Nina Felshins role, if any?
A: Ill 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.
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 Ive enjoyed all of the GLSP classes that Ive 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 Almodóvar 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 Managers 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, Id be all set.
Q: Where did you go to college and what did you major in? When will you finish your masters 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 masters 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: Its hard to narrow it down. I prefer to think of my idiosyncrasies as what make me unique. Ill 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.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|