Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter, December 1, 2016




December 1st, 2016

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter

Museum Studies Events/ News

  1. AASLH Student Memberships: The MSU Museum Studies Program is now a member of the American Association of State and Local History. As a result, recent graduates can join the organization for one-year at the New Professional membership (a $45 value) at the Student membership rate ($30). There are many other benefits to membership including discounts on books, magazines and conferences, access to the robust website (, job and internship listings and continuing education. If you are interested in joining, contact Susan Bandes,
  2. Congratulations to MSU’s faculty members Alisa Henriquez and Kelly Salchow MacArthur for being awarded the first place in the AAM Museum Publications Design Awards, 2016, for exhibition collateral materials for museums with budgets less than $750,000. Prof. Henriquez’s painting exhibition was at the A.I.R. Gallery in New York. The catalogue was designed by graphic design professor Salchow MacArthur.
  3. Dr. Mary Coffey “Orozco’s Quetzalcoatl: History, Myth, and Melancholy in the Epic of American Civilization”, Green Room, MSU Main Library 4th Floor, December 1, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Mary Coffey specializes in the history of modern Mexican visual culture. A Professor at Dartmouth College, she also publishes in the fields of American art, Latin American cultural studies, and museum studies. Dr. Coffey will present the keynote lecture for the Art History & Visual Culture Symposium.
  1. “Contemporary Art History: Rethinking the Familiar” Student Symposium, Green Room, MSU Main Library 4th Floor, December 2, 1:00-3:00 PM Contemporary Art History: Rethinking the Familiar recognizes the scholarly achievement of senior undergraduate students studying Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. The 2016 Symposium features three independent research projects by students enrolled in HA 499, Senior Research/Professional Development.
  1. Free Hot Chocolate! Meet and Greet with ACMMS Students, MSU Union, December 8, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Come down to Sparty’s at the MSU Union to meet and talk with Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies students from 10am-1pm. FREE hot chocolate (while supplies last!), and FREE ACMMS T-Shirt for the first 50 visitors!
  1. Mid-Michigan Modern book signing by Susan J. Bandes, Schuler’s in Okemos,  December 8, 6-8pm

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

  1. Day With(out) Art, MSU Museum, December 1, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM On Dec. 1, Michigan State University Museum joins thousands of individuals and educational, health, and cultural organizations around the world to mark World AIDS Day. In observance of the day, the MSU Museum will display two NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt blocks.
  1. Hats Off Celebration!, MSU Museum, December 2, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM Join us for a closing reception for the exhibit, “Up Cloche: Fashion, Feminism, Modernity,” and a celebration of the upcoming merger of the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s apparel and textile design collection with MSU Museum. Activities on tap: Tap your feet to music from The Fabulous Heftones, Listen to a talk by Cocktail Historian Alibeth Vandergrift, Enjoy Prohibition Era Punch, View collections from the 1920s
  1. End-of-semester student exhibition, LookOut! Art Gallery, December 5 – December 16 From December 5 through 16, 2016, visit the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery for an exhibit of end-of-semester student work.
  1. Altered Tour: Your Place at the Fire, Broad Art Museum, December 9, 7:00 PM Be part of the Fire Within, currently on view at the Broad MSU. Your thoughts, stories, and actions will complete the work of artist Lin Ran who attempts to shed light on the complicated nature of gender and sexual identification. Her work, Island, is an expanding collection of personal experiences that together tell the story of a community. Contribute to this story by bringing your own written experience on a piece of plain white paper. You can read it aloud or quietly add it to the growing number of voices.
  1. Rich Illman Concert, Abrams Planetarium, December 15, 7:30 PM

Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

  1. Curator-led Tour: “Minds of Modernism” Exhibit, Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing, MI, December 4, 1:30 PM
  2. Rock Your Mocs, Part 3: “21st-Century Michigan through Native Eyes” Panel, Michigan History Museum, December 15
  3. Volunteers Needed, Impression 5 Science Center: Exhibit area Volunteers, First Impression Room Assistants, Chemistry Lab and Demonstration Assistants, Exhibit Shop Aids, & Custodian Volunteers.

State/National/Regional Conferences, Worskhops

  1. “Getting Started on Collection Storage” Webinar, December 7, 2:00- 3:30 PM
  2. “The Interpretive Exhibit Planners Toolbox” Online Course, January 3, 2017
  3. “How to Develop a Code of Ethics for Your Museum” Online Course, January 3, 2017
  4. Webinar: Social Media 101 for Museums and Historic Sites, January 17, 2017, 3:00 – 4:15 PM
  5. The Small Museum Association Annual Conference, College Park, MD, February 19-21, 2017
  6. Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Annual Conference and Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, July 12-15, 2017
  7. Museums and the Web Annual Conference 2017Cleveland, OH April 19-22, 2017

Grants, Fellowships

     22. IPM Fellow, Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks fellowship applications from individuals interested in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  The Met is in the process of developing a comprehensive IPM program with a team of conservators, scientists, and buildings department personnel.  The fellow will have the opportunity to make significant contributions by developing and implementing best practices and working with Met staff across the organization.  The deadline is fast approaching (Dec. 2nd), so if you are interested, please contact Eric Breitung in the Department of Scientific Research as soon as possible at 212 396 5390.

  1. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museumin Washington, D.C. invites applications for its Research Fellowships. Deadline: January 15, 2017.
  1. The Terra Foundation for American Art is accepting letters of inquiry for its Exhibition Research & Development Grants (Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions, International Curatorial Travel Grants for Travel to the United States, and U.S. Curatorial Travel Grants for Travel outside the United States). Deadline: January 16, 2017.


  1. Michigan Farm Bureau Centennial Program: Phase I Intern Paid internship will assist in various activities of Phase I Research and Planning related to Michigan Farm Bureau’s forthcoming centennial celebration in 2019, including but not limited to: Accessioning archival material and related data entry/database management, transcribing oral history interviews and indexing their content, and managing media transfer (scanning slides; digitizing film & audio, etc.).The internship pays $12/hour and is for 15 hours a week, starting as soon as possible but no later than January 2017. Contact:

Jeremy C. Nagel

Media Relations Specialist & Centennial Coordinator

Michigan Farm Bureau


  1. Multiple Internships, Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, SD Five Interpretive and four Conservation seasonal internships are available, starting May 15 ending in August 18, 2017. Positions are up to 40 hrs/wk for 10-16 weeks (will include some weekends). Compensation: $9.00/hour with onsite housing.
  2. Multiple Internships, Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI
  3. Summer Paid Internship Program, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering paid internships to be held for ten weeks, from June 5 – August 10, 2017.  The Ringling is part of Florida State University and serves as the State Art Museum of Florida.  Located on a 66-acre site overlooking Sarasota Bay, it consists of an art museum, circus museum, historic home, theater, and research library.  Summer internships at the Ringling combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of the Museum’s operation.

The internships are in the following departments:



Communications and Marketing





Interns earn $11.50 per hour (less taxes) and are paid bi-weekly. Interns are responsible for their own housing (the Museum will assist with locating nearby rentals).

International applicants must have a current US Visa and be eligible to work in the US.  The positions require fingerprinting.  The Museum encourages students from all backgrounds to apply and is committed to a culturally diverse group.

Education requirements, additional information and application materials may be found on the Museum’s website at


The application deadline is February 15, 2017.



  1. Education and Events Assistant, Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI
  2. Associate Curator of 18th and 19th Century European Painting and Sculpture, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  3. Assistant Director of Galleries and Collections, Grand Valley State University, MI
  4. Visitor Service Representative, Cranbrook Art Museum, MI
  5. Museum Educator, Flint Children’s Museum, Flint, MI
  6. Lab Programs Assistant, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO
  7. Assistant Manager of Museum Advancement Services, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
  8. Public Relations and Digital Engagement Manager, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AL
  9. Museum Curator and Director of Cultural Affairs, Crazy Horse Memorial, SD

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