Who We Are


Nelson Thomas holds a BA in biology with an art minor from Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, and a MTSC (Masters in Technical and Scientific Communication) with an emphasis in environmental science from Miami University, Oxford, OH. She attended the 38th Seminar for Historical Administration (SHA) at Colonial Williamsburg, VA, and was the first recipient of the William T. Alderson Scholarship for the Seminar. She is in the 2016 Leadership Southeast Texas (LSET) class.
Nelson Thomas has twenty-five plus years of experience in informal education and the museum field. Prior to joining the Stark Foundation in May 2013, she was Senior Director, Public Programs at the Indiana Historical Society for fifteen years. Previously she worked at the Outagamie County Historical Society in Appleton, WI, and the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District in Lima, OH. Her career has focused on interpretive planning; exhibition, program, and experience development; community collaboration and engagement; strategic planning; and evaluation. During her time in Indiana, she served on the SHA partners coordinating committee and as SHA faculty. She is the current AASLH (American Association for State and Local History) national Leadership in History Awards committee chair and a participant in the national Museum Directors Roundtable.
Nelson Thomas leads the operations and oversees the administrative, educational, curatorial, collections, exhibitions, and library & archive professional staff of the Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House, and the Stark Foundation Library & Archive in support of the mission of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
“I come from a family of avid and curious life-long learners, readers, and explorers. My passion is connecting people with ideas, stuff, and experiences so they can go on and do the same.”

Collections & Exhibitions

Boehme holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY and an MA and PhD in history of art from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Dr. Boehme served as the John S. Bugas Curator, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. She previously was instructor of fine arts and curator at St. Lawrence University. She is co-editor and a co-author of the award-winning publication Branding the American West: Paintings and Films, 1900-1950. Other publications include contributions in Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II; Shaping the West : American Sculptors in the Nineteenth Century; In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein; Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney; John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition: Mammals of North America; Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America; Seth Eastman: A Portfolio of North American Indians; and Frontier America: Art and Treasures of the Old West from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. She is the author of exhibition catalogues Whitney Gallery of Western Art; Absarokee Hut: The Joseph Henry Sharp Cabin; Buckeye Blake: Art on the Western Front; and Rendezvous to Roundup: The First 100 Years of Art in Wyoming.
The curator is responsible for care and curation of the Stark Museum of Art collection. The primary responsibility of the curator is for exhibitions and publications research and content to encourage awareness and appreciation for the collections.
“I knew the wild riders and the vacant land were about to vanish forever, and the more I considered the subject the bigger the Forever loomed.” Frederic Remington
Barry holds a BA in history and anthropology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Barry arrived at the Stark Museum of Art as Collections Intern in 2015. She accepted the position of Assistant Collections Manager in 2016 and was later promoted to Registrar. Barry previously served as an Anne Ray Intern for the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. She has also worked as an analyst and archival project contractor/research library aid for Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, in Pendleton, OR, and as a proctor and tour guide for the Sir Christopher Wren Building at the College of William & Mary.
As Registrar, Barry is responsible for tracking and caring for objects in the collection, as well as maintaining intellectual information about each object. This includes updating object records and locations in the collections management system, rehousing objects, and several digitization projects. Barry also manages the Rights & Reproduction of images and is responsible for all logistics associated with loan requests.
She plays the pipe organ.


Restauri holds an AA, BFA in studio art from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL, and an MA in museum studies from Baylor University in Waco, TX.
Restauri began her career in 2012 as the Outreach Coordinator at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, TX. She oversaw the art-to-go program which served 1,000+ students monthly in a fifty-mile radius. In May 2013, Restauri joined the Stark Museum of Art as the Educator, Studio and Family Programs, and oversaw the development of all studio programming and lead initiatives to grow family and young adult programming. In January 2015, she accepted the Curator of Education position.
As the Curator of Education, Restauri leads the education department and works closely with colleagues at the other Stark Cultural Venues to provide innovative and engaging programs for students, families, adults, teachers, and Stark Cultural Venue members. Her job is to find new and meaningful ways to connect visitors to the works of art on view, as well as to serve as an advocate for arts and cultural education in Southeast Texas.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe


Volunteer & Operations

Colletti holds a BA in history and art history from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX and is currently enrolled in an online MA in museum studies program through Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Colletti began her career in May 2017 as Program Coordinator for The Arc of Greater Beaumont, a non-profit that provides social and recreational opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She created and facilitated a weekly art program, planned special events, and oversaw all monthly activities for the organization. Within the scope of this position, Colletti managed all volunteers for The Arc’s programs, fundraisers, and outreach efforts.
Colletti joined the Stark Art & History Venues in August 2018 as Volunteer & Operations Coordinator. Her job is to create and manage a formal volunteer program for The W.H. Stark House, Stark Museum of Art, and Eunice R. Benckenstein Library & Archive in support of the mission of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” Vincent van Gogh