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Jeff Rathermel
Jeff Rathermel Profile
Director and Curator in the Perlman Teaching Museum
Lecturer in Art and Art History

Jeff Rathermel is Carleton’s new Director and Curator of the Lawrence ’60 and Linda Perlman Teaching Museum. He succeeds Laurel Bradley, who retired in July 2017.

Jeff has worked for Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis as artistic director since 2004, and added executive director duties in 2010. He’s served at numerous institutions in higher education as a visiting or adjunct faculty member, including as a visiting assistant professor at Carleton from 2003-09, teaching classes in book arts and papermaking.

A 1987 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BS in sociology and public administration, Jeff also holds a MA from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota in public affairs and non-profit management, as well as a BFA and MFA from the University of Minnesota in printmaking and book arts.

Laurel Bradley
Laurel Bradley Profile
Senior Lecturer in Art and Art History, Emerita

Laurel Bradley was Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the College Art Collection at Carleton from Fall 1996 until Summer 2017. Best part of the job? Talking to new people “out of the blue” on the search for art and ideas, and making things happen in the arts. Since coming to Carleton, Bradley has orchestrated numerous international exhibitions “on a shoestring,” including Claiming Title: Australian Aboriginal Artists and the Land; Transformations: Chinese Artists Address Change in China; Kettles: American Artists and Japanese Artistry; and World Ceramics: Transforming Womens’ Traditions. The fall 2009 exhibition Modernizing Melodrama, co-curated with Cinema and Media Studies professor Carol Donelan, embodies a new emphasis on connecting the exhibition program with the curriculum.

Laurel Bradley teaches seminars in curatorial practice and oversees the college art collection. She has played a leadership role in Carleton’s Visuality initiative, which has recently been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under a program titled “Visualizing the Liberal Arts.” Ms. Bradley spent eight years teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and was the founding director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her Ph.D is from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, with a Victorian art dissertation topic.

Wendy Nordquist
Wendy Nordquist
Perlman Teaching Museum Assistant
Temporary Assistant

Since 2000, Wendy Nordquist has been providing support to both the Museum (formerly Art Gallery) Director and the Art Collection Registrar/Museum Technical Director. She assists with any and all Museum activities as needed, especially exhibition installation, de-installation, and label production.

In her off-campus life, Wendy does custom-sewing, alterations and hat-making. She also works as on-air host for the Saturday & Sunday morning shows on KYMN radio, and produces a weekly variety music show, Fine Tune (Sunday nights 6-7pm).

Teresa Lenzen
Teresa Lenzen
Technical Director for Perlman Teaching Museum

Teresa Lenzen joined the Perlman Museum staff as Technical Director in May 2012.  Teresa honed her skills as problem solver, art handler, art collection registrar, and more through years of service at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  At Carleton, Teresa has revolutionized the installation of the annual Senior Art Show through mentoring and modeling professional practices, a positive spirit and boundless energy.