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Faculty

Current Faculty

Julia Courtney, M.A., A.L.M.
Curatorial Approaches to Collections Management (Fall)
Julia Courtney has more than twenty years of experience in the museum field, in museum education and curatorial practices. Most recently she served as Curator of Art for two art museums, the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, part of the Springfield Museums consortium in Western Massachusetts. Courtney holds graduate degrees in art education (Lesley University) and art history/museum studies (Harvard University). She recently edited The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2015) and is working on a second book on responsible de-accessioning for museums (Rowman & Littlefield, fall 2017).

Jenna Fleming, M.A.
Museums and Digital Media (Fall)
From 2008 to 2012, Jenna managed interactive projects at the MFA both online and in the galleries, from video installations to web-based collection browsing. During her tenure, Jenna led the digital media strategy for the large-scale American Wing building project. Prior to joining the Museum, Jenna led innovative web and digital asset management projects for clients such as Disney, The Annenberg/CPB Project and Harvard University. Jenna is the author of Web Navigation: Designing the User Experience (O'Reilly 1998) and has presented at leading conferences such as Museums and the Web, MCN, Seybold and c|net's Builder.com. Jenna started her career at the Boston Public Library and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and has a dual background in fine arts and library and information science.

Cara Iacobucci, M.A., Ed.M.
Museums Today: Mission and Function (Fall)
Museum Studies Internship (Summer)

A graduate of the Museum Studies Certificate program, Iacobucci also holds an undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Bates College, a M.A. in the History of Art from Tufts University and an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Most recently, Iacobucci served as guest curator at the Lynn Museum & Historical Society for the exhibition titled Different Journeys, Common Bonds: The Greek Community in Lynn. Previously, she spent nine years at Historic New England as a Program Specialist developing and managing adult and family programs. In addition, Iacobucci has held positions and internships at several organizations including The Paul Revere House, The Fuller Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Vose Galleries.

Matt Kirchman, M.A.
Exhibition Planning (Spring)
As a museum planner and exhibition developer, Matt Kirchman works with museum staff and administrators, architects, and designers to craft the communication and experiential aims for museums and exhibitions. With a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an undergraduate degree in Visual Communication (Northern Illinois University), Matt's development approach places emphasis on the clarity and organization of exhibit messages, and a diversity of experiences aimed at fostering awareness, enjoyment, and memorability. In 2006 (after 20 years in the field) Matt created ObjectIDEA, an interpretive design consultancy offering facility programming, interpretive planning, and exhibition design. His clients range from social and cultural history museums, to natural history museums, science centers, zoological parks, visitor centers, and aquariums. His recent work includes planning for Walden Pond Visitor Education Center, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Petersen Automotive Museum, Patriots Point Maritime Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Center for the West. Matt sits on the Leadership Council for Historic New England, is the Northeast Regional Representative for the National Association for Interpretation, and is on the Board of Directors for the New England Museum Association. He was one of two independent consultants invited by the American Alliance of Museums to help the organization identify the standards for interpretive planning that AAM may use toward evaluating museums' accreditation. Matt collects museum visits and keeps a record of each and every one. His current collection numbers over 350 museum visits from Bangkok to Boston, New Zealand to New York.

Andrew McClellan, Ph.D.
Advisor – Art History concentration
Museum History and Theory (Fall)
Andrew McClellan has been a member of the Museum Studies faculty since the program's inception. His scholarly research, and teaching contribution to the program, focuses on the history and theory of museums. He is the author of three museum-related books: Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris (1994); Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium (2003); and The Art Museum From Boullee to Bilbao (2007).

Ingrid A. Neuman, M.A.
Collections Care and Preventative Conservation (Spring)
Ingrid A. Neuman earned a M.A. and a Certificate in Advanced Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in the Conservation of Historic Art and Artifacts in Cooperstown, New York. She also holds a B.A. degree in Classics with a specific concentration in Mediterraean Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She is a Conservator of three-dimensional artifacts in private practice. Prior to establishing her own private practice, Neuman held the position of Head of Sculpture Conservation at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in Williamstown, Massachusetts where she also taught in the Graduate Art History Department at Williams College. While in the Berkshires, she also served seven years as a conservation consultant on the board of the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance where she conducted numerous conservation surveys for the cultural institutions in the state of Vermont and presented workshops on the preservation of museum collections. She regularly reviews federal grant applications for the NEH and the IMLS and has served on numerous committees for the American Institute for Conservation. Her career began at the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She currently works as the Museum Conservator at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, RI.

Cynthia Robinson, M.S.
Director of Museum Studies
Museum Practicum
Museums Today: Mission and Function (Fall)
Proseminar in Museum Education (Spring)
Teaching and Learning in the Museum (Fall)

Cynthia Robinson holds a B.A. in museum studies from Hampshire College and a M.S. in education from Bank Street College of Education. She has worked at a number of museums, including the National Heritage Museum, The Bostonian Society, and Old Sturbridge Village. As the executive director of the Bay State Historical League for 10 years, she provided professional development programs and services for history museums and historical organizations throughout the state. Robinson has extensive experience in museum management, curriculum development, and exhibit planning, research, and text writing. Her particular interest is finding ways—through programs, exhibits, and other means—to engage audiences in museum learning. She is the author of Going Public: Community Program and Project Ideas for Historical Organizations (Bay State Historical League, 1999), numerous articles in museum journals, and a several museum-school curricula. Robinson is the editor of the Journal of Museum Education.

George Schwartz, Ph.D.
The Meaning of Things: Interpreting Material Culture (Spring)
George Schwartz is a graduate of Brown University and the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies program, and holds an M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Ph.D. in American & New England Studies from Boston University. For twelve years, he was a curator in the Maritime Art & History and Exhibitions & Research departments at the Peabody Essex Museum, and currently serves as curatorial scholar. During his museum career, George has created exhibitions, publications, public programs, and interactive media designed to shape the way we think about our world through our interaction with material culture. He has lectured at American and international museums, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. George was also a contributing author to museum exhibition catalogues and has written many articles for scholarly journals. His current book project Collecting a History of the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society and American Identity, the first in-depth exploration of the Peabody Essex Museum’s founding institution, offers a unique opportunity to examine collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting international objects in the antebellum United States.

Barbara Silberman, M.H.A.
Revitalizing Historic House Museums (Summer)
Barbara Silberman is a seasoned museum professional specializing in history and historic house museums. She founded and directed the Heritage Philadelphia Program, at the Pew Center for Arts and Culture in Philadelphia, providing technical assistance, and making grants for programming and historic preservation for more than 400 historic organizations in the Philadelphia area. Currently she works as an independent consultant specializing in problem-solving and governance practices, strategic planning, program planning and fundraising. Silberman has a BA in American history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MHA from the George Washington University. She has complete graduate coursework in finances at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently taking graduate history courses at the Harvard Extension School. Silberman has written and presented extensively on a variety of subjects related to historical organizations and has served as the Chair of the Historic House Committee of the American Association for State and Local History as well as on its Council. She is the board chair of the Sargent House Museum in Gloucester MA.

Kenneth C. Turino, M.A.
Exhibition Planning (Spring)
Revitalizing Historic House Museums (Summer)

Kenneth C. Turino holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching, Museum Education, from George Washington University. He is Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England, the oldest, largest and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. Turino is responsible for developing and managing Historic New England's traveling exhibition program. Projects have included the critically acclaimed collaboration with MASS MoCA, Yankee Remix: Artists Take on New England; America's Kitchens; The Camera's Coast, and the award-winning From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England 1860-1960. As part of his institutions 100 Years 100 Communities initiative, he is establishing partnerships with institutions across New England focusing on collecting and preserving 20th Century history. He also developed and coordinates the Program in New England Studies, a week long course on New England architecture, decorative arts, and material culture. Mr. Turino is Chair of the American Association for State and Local History's Leadership in History Awards Program, a member of AASLH's Historic House Museums Committee and on the advisory council for the American Association of Museum's Museum magazine. Prior to coming to Historic New England, Turino was Executive Director of the Lynn Museum for fourteen years, an active local history museum in Lynn, Massachusetts. He also served as Assistant Director at the Lyceum in Alexandria, Virginia and as Director of Education at the Paul Revere House in Boston.

Tara Young, M.A.
Museum Education for K-12 Audiences (Spring) 
Tara Young received her B.A. in art history from Harvard College and her M.A. in art history from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an independent museum education consultant based in central Massachusetts. Her previous positions have included Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum, Associate Curator of Education at the Tacoma Art Museum, and Director of Education at the Higgins Armory Museum. She is currently the Deputy Director at the Museum of Russian Icons, in Clinton, MA. Tara is also a writer and editor in art education publishing for the K-12 and college markets.