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Teri Abstein

Arts Consultant


It all started with an Egyptian clay tablet at the British Museum during a summer study abroad program. Having always been interested in art and museums, a behind-the-scenes tour turned into the “aha moment” that led to a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, and a Ph.D. in Arts Education. Prior to joining the Division of Cultural Affairs staff, Teri worked for fifteen years at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, first as the Communications Coordinator and then as the Curator of Education. She also served as the Academic Coordinator for the Specialized Study in Museum Theory in Practice at FSU and continues to teach graduate level courses in Museum Studies for the Art History Department.

Teri is a board member of Girl Museum, the first and only museum in the world dedicated to celebrating girls and girlhood. She has served as the board secretary since the virtual museum’s inception in 2009.

Teri moved to Tallahassee as a student in Art History in 1992 and never left, making the area her home with her husband and her overindulged Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. You can usually find her nose in an e-book or her fingers wrapped around knitting needles and some really soft yarn.