Biography/ Contact Information

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Tory Schendel-Vyvoda is the curator of the Evansville African American Museum and director of the Lamasco Microgallery. She earned her bachelor's from Indiana University and master's from Johns Hopkins University. She is pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Doctoral Studies in the Visual Art. 

She has served several nonprofits such as the Medieval Association of the Midwest, Germania Maennerchor, National Emerging Museum Professionals Network, Indiana Jewish Historical Society, the International Center for Medieval Art, Friends of Willard Library, Tri-Kappa, Ohio Valley Art League/ Gallery 101, New Harmony Contemporary Art Gallery, and the American Alliance of Museums Curator’s Committee. She peer-reviewed for the American Alliance of Museums’ Museum Assessment Program and academic journals Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals and Curator: The Museum Journal

She has published articles on community curation, photogrammetry, and art history in the Informal Learning Review, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, Illinois Women Artists Project, and Feminist Theology: The Journal of Britain and Ireland School of Feminist Theology

Furthermore, she is an art collections researcher at the University of Southern Indiana, an adjunct instructor at the University of Evansville, and a former visiting faculty member at Harlaxton College, United Kingdom. She was featured in two PBS documentaries for her research on Evansville's Black History. She is Smithsonian certified for completing the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Ethical Interpretation Workshop. In 2023, she received the Indiana University Liberal Arts Career Achievement Award and Top 20 Women in Business in Evansville, Indiana. Tory is also an active artist who exhibits her artwork regionally.