Ivy Chen


Boston, Massachusetts


B.A. in Asian Studies, Williams College; Artist Diploma in Cello Performance, The Boston Conservatory; M.A. in Museum Studies, University of Florida (candidate Fall 2022)


Latinx Studies, Brazilian Studies, Identity and National Belonging, Transnational Studies, Indigenous Studies, Critical Museum Studies, Asian American Studies.


Ivy has over twenty years of experience working in non-profit cultural organizations in Boston, Cleveland, and Gainesville, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ford Hall Forum, The Society of Arts and Crafts, and Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra. She worked at the Harn Museum of Art at UF for eight years, as Bishop Study Center Manager, Adult Programs & Volunteer Coordinator and Curatorial Program Manager. Her most recent project was to create and implement the Composers-in-Residence program, working with UF Music Composition PhD students to create new music works performed in the galleries inspired by objects in the museum collection.

As a student in the Masters in Museum Studies program, she has worked with the Amazon Collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History and received a 2021-2022 FLAS Academic Fellowship to study Brazilian Portuguese. Her current project examines the history of Native American incarceration at the Castillo de San Marcos/Fort Marion in St. Augustine and how it is currently interpreted for visitors. Pursuing a concurrent MALAS degree, she will explore whether national monuments create a sense of national belonging for the Latinx community in a case study of the Castillo de San Marcos.