Funk, Carla

Director of University Museums
Foosaner Art Museum

Carla L. Funk is the Director of University Museums at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), overseeing operations at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts and the Foosaner Art Museum. She was the founding director of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts and has taught Art History, Art Appreciation, and Humanities courses at FIT and Brevard Community College in Melbourne, FL and in Atlanta, GA, at Emory and Georgia State Universities.

From 2002-3, while doing doctoral research, she worked part-time in the Education Department of The Cloisters of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and she was the Curator of Art and Education at the Brevard Art Museum in Melbourne, FL, from 1996 to 1998. During the last ten years while working for FIT, Carla has curated over twenty original exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, with subjects ranging from African textiles to German Impressionism.

Carla conducted graduate studies in Medieval and Renaissance Art History at Emory University and has an M.A. in History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University and a B.A. in Art History from New College of Florida.

Educational Background

B.A., Art History, New College of Florida 1993
M.A., History & Criticism of Art, Florida State University 1996
Ph.D. Candidate (A.B.D.), Art History Department Emory University 2004

Recognition & Awards

Fellow, 21st-Century Museum Leadership Seminar, George Washington University, 2015

Current Courses

Western Civilization I

Art Appreciation

Textiles of the Silk Road

Additional Duties

Director and Chief Curator of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts and the Foosaner Art Museum; Instructor, School of Arts and Communication.

Current Research

Museum studies

Fashion history and Women's Studies

Contemporary Cuban art