Residents 2018/19

Below are the four 2018-2019 NDSR Art residents.

Molly Szymanski

Host: Art Institute of Chicago
Project: Capturing the Museum Experience: Saving Electronic Media in the Galleries

A recent graduate from the University of Michigan School of Information, Molly’s interest in digital stewardship was born from 10+ years working with community-based organizations and seeing an urgent need to manage, preserve, and create access to critical digital resources. As a NDSR resident, she hopes to engage reciprocally, learning from hands-on experience while also helping to develop sustainable, standards-based tools to capture the user-experience at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez

Host: Maryland Institute College of Art
Project: Digital Archiving Non-Traditional Art and Design Theses Work

Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez holds an MLS and Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials from CUNY Queens College. Before moving to New York to pursue her MLS, Cristina received a B.A. in Geography from Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras and spent two years teaching in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has previously worked at New York University, Brooklyn Historical Society, Democracy Now!, and was a Barnard College Archives Fellow. She has also collaborated on equity and inclusion initiatives sponsored by Pratt Institute, and has contributed oral histories to the The Queens Memory Project while also being a member of the Archivists Round Table Outreach Committee where she provides support for the development of programming intended to raise awareness of local archival resources. Her social cultural background has informed her understanding of issues and challenges surrounding access to a diverse array of collections and non-traditional content and media. Having been born and raised in Puerto Rico with limited access to archival resources off the island has made Cristina an advocate for open, truly accessible, and authentic digital collections.

Rachel Ward

Host: Small Data
Project: Something Old, Something New: Born-digital Artist’s Materials in the Archive and the Studio

Rachel M. Ward is an artist, filmmaker and Ph.D. candidate focusing on digital anthropology, ethnography, time-based art, archives, gender, artistic creation and technological processes. She earned her Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science. The following year, she was awarded the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to complete a postgraduate degree in Visual Anthropology (G.Dip.) at Australian National University. As a current member of the Making Culture Lab in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SFU), Rachel creates and exhibits interactive (digital) anthropology art installations, which she wrote about in a forthcoming book chapter (Digital Echoes: Spaces for Intangible and Performance-based Cultural Heritage, in press). She served as the Documentation-Archival Chair for the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA 2015), and as Lead Event Curator for a Vice News Virtual Reality (VR) Exhibition in 2016. She has produced several film projects, including a documentary she directed about the overlap of Appalachian music and punk (“DIY”) culture, and Sneakerhead (2016), a portrait of an overzealous Air Jordan collector, which was featured in a 6-month exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver (MoV). She is currently based in New York.

Jean Moylan

Host: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Project: Preservation and Access of Digital Audiovisual Assets at the Guggenheim

Jean Moylan holds a B.A. from Eugene Lang College at the New School and an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before graduate school, she served as an assistant editor and archival researcher on several documentary film projects, including productions for PBS and Arte-France. More recently, she completed an internship at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oral History Projects department. Jean is currently working on a project at the Preservation and Conservation department at the University of Illinois Library to digitize a collection of audio transcription discs. With her interest in and experience with audiovisual and digital preservation, Jean looks forward to assisting the Guggenheim in its initiative to strengthen and streamline the Museum’s stewardship of digital media assets, time-based art works and archival collections.


NDSR Art is presented by
Philadelphia Museum of Art