Conservation Program Project Request – The Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware

The Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware (UD) https://www.artcons.udel.edu/ seeks to help preserve a small (less than 300) collection of photographic prints held in a museum, library, archive or historic house that is in need of conservation treatment and rehousing.

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Student Engagement with Eric Segal

In this segment, Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at the Harn Museum of Art, speaks about student engagement. Segal expands on how the museum becomes a part of many students’ experiences at the University of Florida through a required freshman year course (The Good Life), volunteering, internships, and by having professors curate exhibitions from the collection which reflect their unique perspective and discipline.

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.

University of Oregon student curates exhibition of 1950s French artist books

University of Oregon History of Art and Architecture graduate student, Emily Shinn, curated the exhibition “Fernand Léger’s ‘Cirque’ and the ‘livre d’artiste’” at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Shinn worked under the guidanc eof  Danielle Knapp, McCosh Associate Curator, to complete this M.A. terminal project.

“I think the exhibition, my experience behind the scenes, and the final product open to the public, will provide a much needed example of an MA terminal project in Art History,” says Shinn. “It demonstrates the relationships possible for students between the Department of the History of Art & Architecture and the JSMA.” (Art Daily)

Editorial: Museum Symposium Presents Opportunity to Evaluate Western Canon at Oberlin, Broader Academia

Kate Fishman and Katie Lucey, the arts editors for The Oberlin Review, reflect on the necessity increased representation of underrepresented artists and curators and the need for academic courses outside of the Western-based cannon of art. This reflection comes in the wake of the Allen Memorial Art’s recent “Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now” symposium. (The Oberlin Review)

Image above by Claire Wang

AAMD Announces Partner Museums in Internship Program for Underrepresented College Students

In July 2018, the Association for Art Museum Directors announced the launch of a pilot internship program to “engage undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds and nurture their career opportunities in the art museum field.”

Interested museums involved in AAMD were asked to submit proposals to host interns through this pilot program.

In November 2018, AAMD announced the list of participating institutions:  the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anchorage Museum, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Missoula Art Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the San José Museum of Art, and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. (ARTFORUM)