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.

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