BA Tusculum College
MA Southern University at New Orleans
DDes Candidate Louisiana State University
Erika N. Witt is a museologist based in New Orleans, Louisiana, engaged primarily with collections management and museum education. Her primary focus is in the arts of Africa and the African diaspora, with a specialization in Egyptology. Her goal is to make museums more meaningful, impactful, and inclusive to underserved communities and educate communities on traditional African art history.
Erika has developed numerous art and history exhibitions and cared for various collections in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Virginia. Her recent works include collections management at the Harrison Museum of African American History, New Orleans Public Library, McKenna Museum of African American Art, Southern University at New Orleans, the Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, and Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Her recent exhibitions include Adorned: the Ancient Art of Tattooing, Eritrea: Art and Culture, Celebrating a Legacy: Selected Works from the Southern University at New Orleans African Art Collections, and African Art from the Howard and Julia Pence Collection.
Erika received a Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies with a concentration in History from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, and a Master of Art in Museum Studies and Cultural Preservation from Southern University at New Orleans. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Design (DDes) in Cultural Preservation. Her research focuses on the appreciation of traditional African art in cultural institutions throughout New Orleans and historically black colleges and universities around the nation. Erika is also a 2014 fellow of the East-West Art of Dialogue Initiative, an initiative by the Shafik Gabr Foundation to enhance critical understanding and cooperation amongst young emerging leaders in the Arab World and the West through global exchanges.
Ngaady A mWaash Mask
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Southern University at New Orleans African Art Collections
ARTH 2480 Intro to Museum Studies