SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Expertise as a Collections Manager and Registrar in a university/scholarly museum and gallery setting. Complex, problem-solving experience related to the care, storage, move, national and international shipping, tracking, loan management, exhibition assembly and dispersal of artwork. Proficiency in registry administration, negotiation, report and proposal preparation, database management, grant-writing, budget development, communications skills, program planning and staff management for the Collections Department. Deep comprehension of visual and multi-media art history, culture and general history.
Key skills include: Highly analytical and conceptual thinker, creative decision maker, capable of managing constant change, high-level negotiator, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and team-oriented. Critical investigator with a capacity to raise awareness on critical subjects.
Curatorial and Collections Management Consultant, The Lost Collection, LLC, Vincent Price Art Museum, East LA College, Alitash Kabede Gallery of African-American Art, Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, DCAC, Fresno, Dissident Display Gallery, Gala Hispanic Theatre, DC, Starbucks Coffee, Artomatic-DC, Sam Gilliam Enterprises,
Los Angeles & Fresno, CA and Washington, DC, May 2003-Present
As a Collections Manager and Registrar, handle all documention, classification and storage of artifacts, images, archives, and works of art using best legal and ethical practices established by the American Association of Museums.
Museum Scientist (Assistant Collections Manager), Fowler Museum at University of California
Los Angeles, CA, June-December 2008
Collections Manager, Conservator and Registrar to research, document, track, and house artifacts, images, archives, and works of art using best legal and ethical practices established by the American Association of Museums.
Chief Curator of Collections, Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fresno, CA,
September 2002 – May 2003
Provide leadership and direction in planning, developing, implementing, and supervising a comprehensive visual arts program of 12 exhibitions per year utilizing the museum’s collection and traveling exhibits.
Executive Director and Curator, Arte Américas, la Casa de la Cultura, Fresno, CA,
June 2001 – August 2002
Worked with the Board of Directors to oversee the operation of a $800,000+ budget multidisciplinary Latino arts and cultural non-profit center serving the Central Valley of California.
Instructor and lecturer of Art History, Fresno State University, Chicano Studies & Art History and Fresno City College, Fresno, CA Fall 2002-03
Museum Technician of Collections, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, Md., September 2000 – May 2001
Worked with the Collections Manager, Conservator and Registrar to re-house voer 800 Native American artifacts from the Research Branch facilities in NYC to the Cultural Resource Center in Suitland, MD.
Acting Museum Curator, Thomas-Siegler Carriage House Museum, Historic Takoma, Inc., Takoma Park, MD August 2000 – November 2000
Performed all duties of a Collection Manager and Registrar with newly-formed house museum.
Assistant for Curator of Education, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C, May 2000 - August 2000
Assisted Senior Curator of Education and participated in the planning and implementation of educational public programs for the museum: i.e. After hours music program, Gallery Talks, Intern’s Lecture Program, workshops and symposia.
Curatorial Researcher, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.,
September 1999 - May 2000
Assisted Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture with all public inquiries, portrait examinations, and collection research to determine provenance, artist, sitter, date, and condition.
Program Assistant for Conservation Projects, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C., December 1998 - May 2000.
• Assisted in the processing of conservation grant applications to be awarded by the Institute.
Intern Assistant to Director, Anderson House Museum, Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, D.C. June - August 1999
Assisted Director with cataloguing the collection by researching old inventories and entering data using FileMaker Pro.
Certificate in Mexican Art History, September 2005, 140 credit hours
Museo Amparo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, INIE, Puebla, Mexico
Master of Arts – Museum Studies (Curatorial), 2000
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C.
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK, CUNY, New York, New York
Bachelors of Fine Arts – Fashion Design, 1995
PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, Denton, TX
1999 - Present American Association of Museums, member
2008 Center for the Study of Political Graphics, member
2006 – 2008 Artomatic Washington, DC member
2000 – Present AAM LNPIC (Latino Network Professional Interest Committee) member
2007 Torpedo Factory, Target Gallery member
2007 The Art League member
2006 National Professional Hispanic Women’s Association, Board Member
2003 -Present Latin American Art Association, member
2001 – 2008 Latino Arts Network of California, member
2002 - 2003 Association of Mexican American Educators, member
2000 – 2004 College Art Association, member
2000 Costume Society of America, member
Languages: Fluent in Spanish, English and Italian; intermediate in French; beginner in German.
Computer knowledge: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Excel, Access, PowerPoint. Musuem Databases: Argus, Embark, FileMaker Pro, TMS , PastPerfect V.5. Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and DreamWeaver.
Darius Azari is the President and Executive Director of the Azari Collection and Co-owner of REDdot Art Services. Born in Los Angeles, California, Darius moved with his family to Teheran, Iran at the age of three months where he lived until the age of 6. He is the last of three children born to Eric Azari and Sheila O’Connor. He resides in Los Angeles, California and works as an artist and photographer.
After attending USC, he moved to New York City to pursue a career as an artist and designer. In1983, Darius formed the nightclub AREA with friends Eric Goode, Chris Goode, and Shawn Hausman. AREA was known for its stunning themed installations and collaborations with artists of the time such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, John Chamberlain, and others.
In the mid 1990’s Darius moved back to Los Angeles to continue his design and photographic career and pursue a family life. From 1994-96, he re-opened The Hollywood Canteen, a destination restaurant in Hollywood, Ca.
Over the past two decades Darius has been involved in the management of his parents Iranian art collection, considered one of the most important Iranian modern art collection in private hands containing over seven hundred works of art.
He is presently one of the Principals of REDdotartservices, an art collections management company dedicated to multiple services related to art and estates.