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Professor Erika N. Witt 

Director and Chief Curator 

Assistant Professor 


Erika N. Witt is a dynamic force in the world of Museology, serving as the Director and Chief Curator of Southern University at New Orleans Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor in Museum Studies. Based in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, she is driven by a passion for collections management and museum education, with a particular focus on the arts of Africa and the African diaspora, along with a specialization in Egyptology. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in museum studies with a concentration in History from Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tennessee. Subsequently, she continued her academic pursuits, obtaining a master’s degree in museum studies from Southern University at New Orleans. She is completing her doctoral studies at Louisiana State University College of Art + Design, pursuing a Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation with a focus on Museum and Archival Studies.   Her research centers on fostering the appreciation of traditional African art within cultural institutions across the city of New Orleans and historically black colleges and universities nationwide. 

Erika aims to make museums more meaningful, impactful, and inclusive, especially for underserved communities. She ardently works to educate these communities about the rich tapestry of traditional African art history, aiming to bridge cultural gaps and promote cross-cultural appreciation. 



Join SUNOMA Team: Students, Volunteers, and Interns Wanted! 

Are you passionate about art, culture, and making a positive impact in your community? Southern University at New Orleans Museum of Art (SUNOMA) invites you to join our dynamic team of student workers, volunteers, and interns! Whether you're a student looking for practical experience, a volunteer eager to contribute your time, or an aspiring professional seeking an enriching internship, we have opportunities for you. 

Student Workers: 

Are you a student looking for a part-time job that aligns with your passion for art and culture? Join SUNOMA as a Student Worker and be part of a vibrant team. Gain hands-on experience in museum operations, event management, and visitor services while balancing your academic commitments. 


If you have a few hours to spare and a love for the arts, consider becoming a SUNOMA Volunteer. Help us create memorable experiences for our visitors, contribute to exciting events, and be an integral part of our community outreach efforts. Your enthusiasm can make a real difference! 


Are you a student seeking a meaningful internship in the field of museums and cultural institutions? SUNOMA offers internship opportunities that provide practical, real-world experiences. Develop your skills in areas such as curation, education, marketing, and more while contributing to the success of our exhibitions and programs. 


  • Hands-On Experience: Gain practical experience in a dynamic cultural institution. 
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with professionals in the art and museum industry. 
  • Skill Development: Enhance your skills in your chosen field of interest. 
  • Community Engagement: Be part of initiatives that contribute to community enrichment. 

Contact Information: 

For inquiries, contact SUNOMA at