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Above photo: At the AAM conference in Seattle, Program director Cynthia Robinson and Sara Zela (M.A. Museum Education G'12), Education and Communications Manager at the Museum of Art, UNH, congratulate Purvi Patwari, Director of Human Resources at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, upon her completion of the Museum Education MA program in May 2014.
Cynthia Robinson has received the 2017 John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership, presented by the Education Committee of the American Alliance of Museums. The award recognizes individuals outside the field of museum education who exhibit outstanding leadership and promote the educational responsibility and capacity of museums. Award judges noted Cynthia's commitment to helping museum educators write and publish in the peer-reviewed Journal of Museum Education, and to inspiring students to be activists who open museums to all audiences. One judge said that, "She has been a strong advocate for the educational responsibility and capacity of museums." Cynthia will receive the award at the AAM conference in May, and will participate in a panel discussion about leadership. The John Cotton Dana Award is conferred on an occasional basis, and was last awarded in 2015.
George Schwartz, instructor of The Meaning of Things: Interpreting Material Culture, is giving a members talk at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Saturday October 15. More >
Ken Turino, co-instructor of the Exhibition
Planning and Revitalizing Historic House Museums courses, is
chairing a session at the American Association for State and
Annual Meeting in Detroit on Friday September 16th entitled:
AAM's Direct Care White Paper: What it Means to Your Museum. The
recent AAM Direct Care White Paper addresses the history and
conundrums of "direct care" as a use of proceeds from
deaccessioning. This session will provide a summary of the
paper, cover the ethical concepts behind "direct care" and
offers guiding questions and models to help define parameters of
direct care. If you can't make it to Detroit, Ken is repeating
the session at the
NEMA Conference this November.
Summer Intern News: Cara Iacobucci
is pleased to report that 17 Museum Studies students are busy with educational,
curatorial, and collections-based internships this summer. Students are in
positions all over New England, including the
Coggeshall Farm Museum in Rhode Island, the
Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut, and several
museums in Massachusetts such as the
Fitchburg Art Museum, the
Museum of Science, the
Danforth Art Museum, the
Harvard Art Museums,
Old North Church, the
Peabody Essex Museum and many more. Plus, one student is
at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Iowa!
Ingrid Neuman had an article recently published in
the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art's periodical entitled :
The Manual (Issue number 6). Ingrid wrote
"Learning from the Buddha: The Conservation of a Multipart Japanese Wooden
Figure." This 12th century colossal wooden figure has been an iconic sculpture
in the museum's collection since 1936 when it was acquired. As with most works
of art with the museum context, an opportunity for deep study often reveals more
questions than answers. From a technical art historical perspective, this
sculpture appears to be a very rare one indeed. Come to RISD and see for
New England Museum Association (NEMA) Annual Conference (November 2015)
Jenna Fleming, who teaches Museums & Digital Media, is working on a web microsite for a fall exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The exhibition, "Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice," takes a closer look at the Renaissance artist's remarkable decorative style and provides opportunities to explore conservation insights about one of this paintings, including his use of pastiglia to build up the painted surface. The web site will be responsive so that it can be used on smartphones within the gallery or on desktops and iPads at home.
Update on Summer 2015 interns - Cara Iacobucci writes: This summer fourteen students are putting to practice what they've learned and studied throughout the year in internship positions around the greater Boston area (and one in Pennsylvania). While some interns are working on new and engaging educational programs, others are getting hands-on experience with art and artifacts as they catalogue, research, and help manage collections. If you're planning a summer museum visit, perhaps you can spy one of our students at places such as the USS Constitution Museum, the Buttonwoods Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Andover Historical Society, or the Peabody Essex Museum - to name just a few.
Ingrid Neuman, instructor of Collections Care and
Preservation, published an entry on the pigment Egyptian Blue in the Spring 2015
publication entitled: The Manual, published by the Rhode Island School of
Design Museum. In it she discusses the origin and usage of the pigment Egyptian
Blue which can be found in an ancient Egyptian (1302-1072 BCE) ceramic paint box
(1997.82) held in the collection of the RISD Museum. In addition to this article
focusing on one type of blue pigment, the entire manual highlights all things
Tara Young, instructor of Curriculum Development for K-12/Museum Collaborations, was interviewed for a Harvard Magazine article on the Museum of Russian Icons. Read the article >
Ken Turino, co-instructor of the Exhibition Planning and Revitalizing Historic House Museums courses, has completed part three, "Summer", of the on-going Haymarket Project web series. Over the course of a year, Historic New England, the Haymarket Pushcart Association (HPA), and photographer Justin H. Goodstein-Aue present images and oral history excerpts conducted with members of the HPA, vendors, and customers of Boston's Haymarket. These oral histories and images capture people representing nationalities from all over the globe. The Haymarket Project features photographs of the market, vendors (pushcarts and shops), workers, and customers collected over the course of an entire year to document the market's history, changes over time, daily life at the market, special holiday foods, and challenges. The interviews reflect the stories of long-time Italian vendors as well as more recent immigrants who have created a diverse cross-section of cultures at Haymarket.
Ingrid Neuman, instructor
of Collections Care and Preservation, recently participated in a Sustainable
Preservation Practices Workshop focusing on managing storage environments led by
the Image Permanence Institute (located at the Rochester Institute of
Technology) and held at the Boston Museum Fine Arts. This two-day workshop
allowed participants to visit the HVAC system in the bowels of the Museum of
Fine Arts which was a highlight to behold! More details about the new
environmental parameters for museums will be discussed in the spring semester in
Ingrid's class Collections Care and Preservation. Please check the Image
Permanence Institute's web-site for their 2015 schedule of FREE webinars on
sustainable environmental practices; they are an excellent resource!
Program director Cynthia Robinson is pleased to announce that the fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Museum Education devotes a section to teen engagement in museums, guest-edited by local museum educator Gabrielle Wyrick, who works at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Cynthia is the editor-in-chief of JME.
At the AAM conference in Seattle, Program director Cynthia Robinson and Sara Zela (M.A. Museum Education G'12), Education and Communications Manager at the Museum of Art, UNH, congratulate Purvi Patwari, Director of Human Resources at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, upon her completion of the Museum Education MA program in May 2014. (side photo)
In June, Cynthia Robinson, museum studies program director, worked with members of the Sudbury Historical Society's board of directors to help them envision strategies for engaging community when they move to a new building. Cynthia just returned from a two day retreat with the board of the Museum Education Roundtable in Washington D.C., at which museum educators from all over the country strategized the future of the Journal of Museum Education (Cynthia is editor-in-chief of the journal).
Rainey Tisdale, instructor of The Meaning of Things: Interpreting Material Culture, travelled to Sweden in early August to present at the annual CAMOC conference. CAMOC is ICOM's international committee for city museums. She is currently serving on the board of CAMOC.
Jennifer DePrizio, instructor of Museum Education and Interpretation, has left the Gardner Museum after 8 years to become the new Director of Learning and Interpretation at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. While she has greatly enjoyed being a part of the strong Boston-area museum community, especially the Tufts program, this is a great professional opportunity she couldn't pass up. In this new capacity, Jenn will oversee the education department and all its programming. One project she's particularly interested in getting started on is working collaboratively with her new curatorial colleagues on a major reinstallation and reinterpretation of the museum's permanent collection set for 2016. Even though she'll be living in Maine, she will continue to teach her course this fall.
Margherita Desy, instructor of Collections Management, was one of only 80 scholars, artists, historians, and writers to be chosen to sail a leg of the historic voyage of Mystic Seaport's whaling vessel, the Charles W. Morgan. The five year restoration of the Morgan, the last wooden American whale ship which made 37 voyages between 1841 and 1921, culminated in a "38th Voyage" which took the vessel from Mystic, CT to six New England ports. Margherita was selected as a 38th Voyager because, as she stated in her proposal, "...the last person to sail aboard a 19th century whaling vessel and a 19th century U.S. Navy ship and write about both experiences was Herman Melville - I am now the second person to do so." Through her capacity as historian for USS Constitution, which Margherita sailed aboard in 2012, and her time as historian during the Morgan's 1980s restoration, she will bring her unique perspective on historic vessels to the wider public through publications and presentations. While aboard the Morgan, Margherita had the opportunity to steer the vessel while underway, climb aloft in the rigging, and along with her fellow voyagers, marvel at the humpback whales while the ship sailed through Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
More than 40 recent graduates and current students attended the 95th New England Museum Association Conference in Newport, Rhode Island recently, along with faculty members Margherita Desy, Ingrid Newman, Rainey Tisdale, Ken Turino, Tara Young, and director Cynthia Robinson. Many participated as panelists or chairs of sessions as well.
Kudos to faculty member Rainey Tisdale for her book, Creativity in Museum Practice (Left Coast Press) co-authored with Linda Norris. Tisdale and Norris offer advice to inspire creativity in the daily practices of museums everywhere, including exercises to get the creative juices flowing.
Faculty member Jennifer DePrizio, Director of Visitor Learning at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has been selected as the 2014 Massachusetts Art Education Association Museum Art Educator of the Year for her significant contribution to the field of art education in Massachusetts. She was recently honored at the organization's annual conference.
Program Director Cynthia Robinson has renewed her contract with the Museum Education Roundtable as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Museum Education. This marks the start of a new era for Robinson as she takes on the volunteer job without a co-editor-in-chief. JME is the premier journal for museum educators in the world, and it is increasingly reaching a global audience.
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