NRAblog is delighted to introduce Wendy Cunningham, who has been working at the NRA National Firearms Museum since February. Cunningham brings a variety of skills to the Museum’s small staff, and she reports she has worked on some very interesting projects.
With the title “Administrative Assistant,” you might imagine Cunningham does a lot of budgeting, filing, organizing, and assisting – and you’d be right. Museum Director Jim Supica and Senior Curators Phil Schreier and Doug Wicklund spend a lot of time on the road, and Cunningham holds the fort down, so to speak, and keeps the candy bowl freshly stocked at the Museum’s Fairfax, Virginia, offices.
But there is much, much more to Cunningham’s job. In her time with the NRA, Cunningham’s role has already grown to include gun show coordinator, advertising, and graphic design for Museum projects. Her work is visible on several Museum ads, the recent Hollywood Guns book cover, Museum exhibit labels, brochures, banners, and even on the latest Museum challenge coin.
Cunningham holds a degree in Art History from the University of New Hampshire, and before coming to the NRA she worked at Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art as a curatorial assistant to the Senior Mellon Curator of the Division of Prints and Drawings.
Although she started her new job at the NRA during February’s epic snowstorm, Cunningham says that the transition has been easy and enjoyable. Supica notes that Cunningham has brought a fresh perspective and new energy to staff. He reports, “In a very short time, Wendy has become an integral part of the Museum. Not only does she keep the staff organized – sometimes a daunting task on its own – but she brings great art and design skills to Museum projects.”
Cunningham confesses, “I love my job. I get to wake up in the morning and enjoy coming to work. My job is a lot of work, but we also have a lot of fun.”