Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter, November 9, 2016




November 8th, 2016

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter


Museum Studies Events/News

1)    IMLS Museum Studies Programs Convening, October 17, 2017

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Susan J. Bandes and Marsha MacDowell attended the first-ever convening by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) of museum studies programs from across the country. The one-day meeting provided the opportunity to meet representatives from many of the graduate programs and to discuss evolving needs of the museum profession. Nearly 50 people attended including several students who provided a needed perspective on the field.

2) “(Re)Opening a Small Museum in Greece: A View From Behind the Scenes”, S 107 Kedzie Hall, November 17, 6:00 PM 

Dr. Eugenia Zouzoula is a archaeologist with over two decades of field experience at several important sites in Greece.  While her scholarship focuses on the Greek Bronze Age, she has more recently been engaged in the redesign of museums in Argos, Loukou, Alea, and Tegea. Her talk recounts her  experiences in renovating and updating the Tegea Archaeological Museum, home to the largest collection of sculpture attributed to the Greek sculptor Skopas of Paros.

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MSU Museums, Galleries, and Collections: Events, Exhibitions, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

3)    Altered Tour: To Be Here With Us, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, November 11, 7:00 pm

Get to know the many faces and stories of refugees in the Lansing area still searching for a sense of home. Artist Sam Jury’s project, To Be Here, on view at the Broad MSU, was developed from her time spent with exiled Sahrawi refugees near Tindouf, Algeria. Erika Brown-Binion, Director of the Refugee Development Center in Lansing, will contextualize this message by sharing the needs, struggles, and contributions of our own newcomers now that they are here with us. The mission of the Refugee Development Center is to provide the education, orientation, and support refugees need to become self-sufficient members of society.

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4)    “Sympathetic Detail: R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration” Exhibit, MSU Museum, East Lansing, MI, November 28

For centuries, artists illustrated what scientists discovered, collected, and classified. This exhibition features the watercolor paintings of artist Richard F. Deckert (1878-1971). Deckert spent his adult life exploring the natural world, collecting and researching animals, particularly reptiles and amphibians, for museums, universities, and scholars. His sympathetic portraits of these animals, technically correct to the finest detail, illuminate a fascinating chapter in natural history illustration.

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5)    “The History of Natural History Collections”, Location TBD, East Lansing, MI, November 29, 12:00 PM

In partnership with the MSU Museum, renowned museum consultant John Simmons will give a presentation on “The History of Natural History Collections”, during his visit to campus at the end of November. The visit and presentation are components of the MSU Museum’s recent collections stewardship grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The presentation will be brief history of natural history collections and specimen preparation, including preservation technology, Aristotle’s scala naturae, cabinets of curiosities, Gesner and Aldrovandi, taxidermy and fluid preservation, great collections and catalogs, Linnaeus and Darwin, and modern and future collections practices. The location is TBD, but a full informational flyer will be released closer to the event.

6)    Docent Positions, MSU Museum, East Lansing, MI

The MSU Museum is recruiting docents in education and visitor services, to help visitors get the most out of their visits. Docents greet groups, conduct tours, and lead educational activities that add to the visitor experience and increase awareness of collections and exhibitions. Prospective docents should contact the MSU Museum education office at (517) 432-1472 or The first of four docent training sessions will occur on November 7, 2016 from 6:00-8:30 PM.

Details at:
Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

7)    Rock Your Mocs: Indigistory Native Film Festival, Michigan History Museum, November 15, 5:30-8:00 PM

Over the next month, the Michigan History Museum will host Rock Your Mocs, a three-part series exploring 21st-century native perspectives in Michigan, presented in partnership with arts, academic and tribal organizations. The Indigistory Native Film Festival is an exploration of multigenerational native perspectives through the eyes of native filmmakers. You’ll hear stories gathered in a collaborative project of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, the Native American Institute at MSU and the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal College. Before the festival begins, the Indigistory Story Circle workshop shows you how to create your own short digital film to tell your story. Following the festival, tour the traveling exhibit Native Treaties at the Library of Michigan.

Details at:,4726,7-282-61080_62766-396314–,00.html

8)    Rock Your Mocs: Anishinaabe 101 Workshop, Michigan History Museum, November 30, 5:30-8:00 PM

Join us in the Learning Center for a laid-back and open discussion of native experiences throughout Michigan history, as well as 21st-century perspectives and their background. Facilitated by tribal presenters, this conversational workshop introduces the basics of native cultures and perspectives. Bring your questions, an open mind and maybe even a friend!

Details at:,4726,7-282-61080_62766-396314–,00.html

9)    Volunteers Needed, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI

Volunteer positions include: Exhibit area Volunteers, First Impression Room Assistants, Chemistry Lab and Demonstration Assistants, Exhibit Shop Aids, & Custodian Volunteers.

Details at:

10)    Multiple Internships, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

Lansing Art Gallery is looking for Arts Administration, Gallery, and Education Outreach Interns for the 2017 Spring Semester! An internship at Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center is a work experience that combines learning and career exploration in a professional work environment. Students gain hands-on experience and learn new skills relating to work in a nonprofit arts organization. Three positions are available: Education Outreach Intern, Gallery Intern, and Art Administration Intern.

Details at:


State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops

11)    “Inclusion Requires Fracturing” Lecture, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, December 6, 6:30 PM

As museums strive to serve broad, ever-diversifying publics, it is no longer possible to deny the ways museums mirror and reinforce racial, cultural, and class inequities of the broader society. Skillful racial and cultural representation in interpretation and programming is not only an intellectual exercise; it is an ethical responsibility that requires fracturing the known through consistent individual and institutional self-reflection and action. This talk focuses on the challenging and often painful internal work toward developing diversity and strategies and actions supporting systemic change in museum representation, interpretation, and ideation.

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12)    Call for Proposals, “Why Museums Matter: The Teaching Museum Today”

The Association of Academic Museums & Galleries invites session proposals for its 2017 conference, “Why Museums Matter: The Teaching Museum Today.” The conference will be held June 22-25, 2017 in Eugene, OR.

Deadline: November 7, 2016.

13)    Call for Applications: 2017 German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) for Museum Professionals

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) for Museum Professionals. PREP is the first systematic, international exchange program for art museum professionals (curators, provenance researchers, archivists, lawyers, and specialists in digital humanities) and graduate students who focus on World War II-era provenance projects. Each year a cohort of ten German and ten American participants will attend two week-long Exchanges to share their areas of expertise, to explore research resources and methodologies, and to create a collaborative network of provenance research professionals. In 2017, PREP participants will be hosted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (February 5-10) and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin (September 24-29).  Please feel free to contact or with any questions about PREP or the application process.

Deadline: November 18, 2016.

14)    Call for Proposals, Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) invites proposals for its annual conference, which will be held October 21-24, 2017 in San Jose, CA.

Deadline: December 16, 2016.


Museum Resources

15)    Michigan Emerging Museum Professionals Group

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Michigan Emerging Museum Professionals group! MEMP aims to provide 1.) social and networking opportunities for museum professionals, 2.) informal professional development, 3.) a venue for dialogue and idea-sharing, 4.) plenty of mid-Michigan-based fun and events!  For those who are not located in mid-Michigan or cannot attend the group meetups, MEMP’s active Facebook page provides another opportunity for members to network, interact, and share ideas. Joining is free and easy – just visit their Facebook page ( and click “Join Group.” All members are welcome to post questions, share museum-related events, and start discussions within the group.

16)    “Lives of Museum Junkies: The Story of America’s Hands-On Education Movement” Book Release

Marilynne Eichinger, the founder and director of Impressions 5 Science Center, and then president of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, has written a book titled: “Lives of Museum Junkies: The Story of America’s Hands-On Education Movement”. This book would be a great resource for anyone interested in the history of hands-on museums, museum education, or just looking for an interesting read! It is available for purchase on Amazon.


Grants, Fellowships

17)    Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Details at:

18)    Multiple IMLS Grants Available

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)invites applications for the following grants: Museums for America, National Leadership Grants for Museums, and Museum Grants for African American History and Culture.

Details at:

Deadline: December 1, 2016.

19)   Smithsonian Institution Fellowship applications are now open to doctoral students. The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700.  All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.

Details at:

Deadline: December 1, 2016



20)    Visitor Service representative, Cranbrook Science Institute, Bloomfield Hills, MI

21)    Collections Manager, Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon, MI

22)    President/CEO – Historical Society/Castle Museum of Saginaw County, Saginaw, MI

23)    Museum Administrator – American Museum of Magic, Marshall, MI

Contact Susan Collins at

24)    Museum Director — Tri-Cities Historical Museum, Grand Haven, MI

25)    Visitor Services Specialist/Education and Exhibition Assistant, Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH

26)    Event Manager, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI

27)    Audience Development Outreach Associate, MuseumHack

28) Exhibit Fabricator, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI

Deadline: November 30, 2016

29) Exhibit Aide, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI

Deadline: November 30, 2016

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Editor, MSUMSP E-Newsletter: Max Evjen, Exhibitions Technology Specialist, MSU  Museum; Arts and Cultural Management, Department of Theatre, Michigan State University
Editorial Assistant: Nick VanAcker