Full Name: Juliana Romnes
Years Attended Daytona State: 1997-2000
Graduation year: 1999 AS, 2000 AA
Program/Degree: AS – Photographic Technology and AA with Fine Art Emphasis
Why did you choose to attend Daytona State? In addition to the convenient location, it was DSC’s reputation for having one of the best photography programs in the country.
How has an education from Daytona State made a difference in your life?
While studying at DSC, I accepted a work study position at the college’s Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP) and it was a life changing experience. It made me consider, for the first time, a career as a museum professional. Now, 19 years later, I am the Director for the Southeast Museum of Photography
What have you been doing since you’ve graduated?
After spending a year working at a photography lab in New York City, I went on to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Photographic Technology and Master’s Degree in Non Profit Management, both at the University of Central Florida.
I was the Exhibitions Coordinator at SMP for 8 years before being offered an Interim Director Position in 2014 and Museum Director Position in 2015. I have had the honor of working with and meeting many renowned photographers, from National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry to acclaimed photography critic Vicki Goldberg. I have also enjoyed mentoring student employees at the museum, some of which have gone on to work as curators, directors and permanent collection managers at museums and galleries across the country.
What is your favorite Daytona State memory? I formed lasting friendships with my cohort in the photography program and have many fond memories --- hanging student photography exhibitions late into the night, photo-club field trips, and the countless hours spent making prints in the darkroom.