CAA Conversations Podcast: Open Educational Resources (OER)

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Rosie Liljenquist and Anne Diekema discuss Open Educational Resources (OER).

Rose Liljenquist is an Open Educational Resources librarian at Gerald Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University. Anne Diekema is also a librarian at Gerald Sherratt Library and an assistant professor at Southern Utah Univeristy.

Rolland Gallery of Art and Cal Lutheran Chemistry Department Explore the Work of Art Detectives

At California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, the Rolland Gallery of Art partnered with the Chemistry Department to put on “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.” This exhibit gives Cal Lutheran students and visitors the opportunity to have “an inside look at the methods used by art detectives to reveal the secrets of artworks, ranging from X-rays and infrared light to solvents that remove varnish. Visitors can compare before and after images, try to identify what has been altered in a work and use ultraviolet light to detect changes.”

This exhibition will be the central focus of a new class: “Chemical Investigations of Art” which Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Robert Dion, an adjunct professor of chemistry,  will teach in January. (California Lutheran University)

Image: Half of this oil painting by Richard Wilson has been cleaned.

UI students gain professional experience at Stanley Museum of Art

M.A. film student Dalina Perdomo-Álvarez reflects on her experience working as a gallery attendant and researcher at the Stanley Museum of Art and how this experience helped her to secure a positions a curatorial assistant the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and as a distribution assistant at Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Stanley Museum of art draws in students from a variety of disciplines to work with the collection. “These are experiences you don’t get in a classroom,” says Joyce Tsai, clinical associate professor in the College of Education, a curator at the museum, and a past RAAMP Coffee Gathering Host. “We’re really at the leading edge of thinking very seriously about our role as an art museum within a research university. We want our students to be producers of research and producers of knowledge and not just a one-way dissemination of it.”

“We’re teaching research skills and critical thinking skills,” Lauren Lessing, director of the Stanley Museum of Art, says. “We’re teaching students how to be part of a team and part of a professional workplace. We’re helping them make connections to the professional art world.” (Iowa Now)

Image: University of Iowa graduate and UI Stanley Museum of Art staff member Lindley Warren and UI MFA student Jacob Jones join Stanley Curator Joyce Tsai in showing Lena Stringari, deputy director and chief conservator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, around the museum’s Visual Classroom in the Iowa Memorial Union. UI students who work in the Stanley and with its curators have the opportunity to make valuable connections with the professional art world. Photo by Tim Schoon.

Museum Creates Program for Families Suffering from the Opioid Crisis

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH has created a program for those affected by the opioid crisis. New Hampshire is ranked number three in the nation for drug overdoses.

Lynn Thomson, an assistant director of education and community engagement, explains that the program began with a simple question: What is Manchester dealing with now, and what does the community need?Collaborating with the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, the Currier’s “Art of Hope” came to be. (Hyperallergic)

Image above: The Art of Hope program discussing Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Storm” (1759).

Objects Conservation Fellow – Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities

Summary
The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  The main focus for the objects conservation fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections as driven by exhibition, loans, and research needs. A collaborative technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections will comprise approximately 15% of the first year of the fellowship.
  •  Under the supervision of the Head of Objects Lab, the fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  •  As a member of the Harvard Art Museums community, the fellow is expected to participate as required in activities such as facilitating Art Study Center appointments, assisting with programs in the Materials Labs, leading tours, and program activities planned for their fellows cohort.
  •  Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in conservation or related field or Bachelor’s degree plus post-graduate qualification in conservation.

Additional Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  •  Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal and written).
  •  Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
  •  Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
  •  Ability to relate to co-workers and inspire others to participate and problem-solve.
  •  Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography and x-radiography.
  •  Proficiency with computer software, including image editing and management software and Adobe Photoshop.

Additional Information

Application Instructions:
A complete application includes a curriculum vitae; a statement, not to exceed one page, single-spaced, summarizing the applicant’s interests and intent in the fellowship and their chosen specialization; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study, with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the United States; and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be in English.

Please apply online: http://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs.
Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.

1. Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and transcripts.

2. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to: am_straus@harvard.edu.
Letters of reference will be verified.

3. Deadline for receipt of application materials and supporting documents is January 18, 2019 Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Department
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

For more information and to apply: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1418510#jobDetails=1418510_5341

Paintings Conservation Fellow – Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities
Summary
The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  The main focus for the paintings conservation fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections as driven by exhibition, loans, and research needs. A collaborative technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections will comprise approximately 15% of the first year of the fellowship.
  •  Under the supervision of the Head of the Paintings Lab, the fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  •  As a member of the Harvard Art Museums community, the fellow is expected to participate as required in activities such as facilitating Art Study Center appointments, assisting with programs in the Materials Labs, leading tours, and program activities planned for their fellows cohort.
  •  Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in conservation or related field or Bachelor’s degree plus post-graduate qualification in conservation.

Additional Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  •  Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal and written).
  •  Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
  •  Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
  •  Ability to relate to co-workers and inspire others to participate and problem-solve.
  •  Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography, x-radiography, and infrared reflectography.
  •  Proficiency with computer software, including Adobe Photoshop.

Additional Information

A complete application includes a curriculum vitae; a statement, not to exceed one page, single-spaced, summarizing the applicant’s interests and intent in the fellowship and their chosen specialization; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study, with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the United States; and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be in English.

Please apply online: http://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs.
Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.

1. Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and transcripts.

2. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to: am_straus@harvard.edu.
Letters of reference will be verified.

3. Deadline for receipt of application materials and supporting documents is January 18, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Department
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

For more information and to apply: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1418515#jobDetails=1418515_5341

Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow – Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities

Summary

The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main focus for the Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections as driven by exhibition, loans, and research needs. A collaborative technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections will comprise approximately 15% of the fellowship.
  • Under the supervision of the Philip and Lynn Straus Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, the fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  • As a member of the Harvard Art Museums community, the fellow is expected to participate as required in activities such as facilitating Art Study Center appointments, assisting with programs in the Materials Labs, leading tours, and program activities planned for their fellows cohort.

Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in conservation or related field or Bachelor’s degree plus post-graduate qualification in conservation.

Additional Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  •  Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal and written).
  •  Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
  •  Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
  •  Ability to relate to co-workers and inspire others to participate and problem-solve.
  •  Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography and x-radiography, and infrared reflectography (IRR).
  •  Proficiency with computer software, including image editing and management software and Adobe Photoshop.

Additional Information

Application Instructions

A complete application includes a curriculum vitae; a statement, not to exceed one page, single-spaced, summarizing the applicant’s interests and intent in the fellowship and their chosen specialization; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study, with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the United States; and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be in English.

Please apply online: http://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs.
Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.

1. Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and transcripts.

2. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to: am_straus@harvard.edu.
Letters of reference will be verified.

3. Deadline for receipt of application materials and supporting documents is January 18, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Department
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

For more information and to apply: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1418508#jobDetails=1418508_5341

Collections Specialist, Corcoran Study Collection – George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is home to collections of more than 20,000 textiles from around the world. The Collections Specialist, Corcoran Study Collection is a two-year limited term position working to process the incoming Corcoran study collection into the university collections.

Reporting to the Museum Registrar of the GW Museum and The Textile Museum, the Collections Specialist works closely with the Corcoran School and Brady Art Gallery staff and is responsible for the following duties:

  • Organizing and supervising the physical movement of collections from various storage facilities owned by the National Gallery of Art to the Flagg Building on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus and the Avenir Center on GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus
  • Performing necessary pest inspections and vacuuming of materials stored at the Avenir Center
  • Coordinating the receipt of object paperwork and organizing object files
  • Rehousing photographs, works on paper, and sculpture; some matting and framing
  • Entering data on collection objects into the museum collections management software (MuseumPlus)
  • Digitizing objects to create high resolution images, when needed.
  • Developing procedures and protocols for accessing collections by independent researchers, students, and GW classes
  • Creating and implementing a regular inventory of the collection
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of an installation plan for oversized sculptures in the collection

The position will work from a variety of locations, including Foggy Bottom and Ashburn, Virginia. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent graduate of a museum studies, art history, or studio art master’s program is preferred.
  • Knowledge of standard museum registration, preventive conservation, object storage, and inventory practices.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in computer applications, including collections management database software, Microsoft applications.
  • Experience with rehousing and knowledge of matting and framing is desirable.
  • Experience with object handling.
  • Familiarity with digitization and imaging technology and software.
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a small team.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • This is a two year limited term position, effective 12/10/2018 – 12/12/2020.
  • Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status.
  • In order to gain a better understating of your experience, the professional experience section of your resume must include months in addition to years. For example, instead of “2014 – 2015,” it should include “April 2014 – January 2015” or similar information.

For more information and to apply:  https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/63666