Melissa Liles-Parris

After graduation, Melissa served as registrar for the Muscarelle Museum of Art in the mid-to-late 1990s before moving to England where she worked at Martinspeed, Ltd. as a registrar of Contemporary Arts. Upon her return to the States, she served as registrar for the traveling exhibitions firm Art Services International for several years before moving on to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where she was the associate registrar for Exhibitions and Loans. In 2007, she re-joined the staff as registrar at the Muscarelle Museum of Art where she also serves as curator of the President’s Collection of Art, a non-accessioned collection created by alumni, faculty and students as a public art program at the College of William & Mary. Melissa holds both a B.A. and M.A. from VCU in Art History and is a dedicated member of the American Association of Museums, Virginia Association of Museums and the Southeastern Registrars Association. She is the co-founder of the Hampton Roads Registrars Group which includes fifteen affiliate museums in the Virginia tidewater area and currently serves on the International Liaisons Task Force of the Registrars’ Committee of the American Association of Museums. In March 2011, she served as a cultural delegate to Cuba on behalf of the American Association of Museums. In her spare time, she plays [electric] bass and has performed professionally with live-indie groups throughout Virginia as well as Washington, DC and New York City.