Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter, January 4th, 2017




January 4th, 2017

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter

Museum Studies News and Events

  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,

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

  1.  Altered Tour: 2116, Scientific Forecasts, Broad Art Museum, January 13, 7:00 PM Join MSU Chemistry Professor Joseph Ward as we don our lab coats and experiment with the UNpredictability of science, art, and the future. Professor Ward worked with the Broad MSU to execute Ruth Lyons’s work, Storm Glass, currently on display in 2116: Forecast of the Next Century. 2116 features work from 16 Irish artists illustrating their visions for Ireland’s next 100 years. Storm Glass is a barometer, based on an old Victorian model, which for Lyons reflects the arbitrary nature of trying to predict the future. Guided by Professor Ward, we’ll perform live chemistry experiments that just might leave us guessing.
  2. Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Opening, MSU Museum, January 16, 4:00-5:00 PM Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights grew out of a collaborative community engagement project that uses quilt-making as a platform to raise awareness about civil and human rights issues. Through community created quilt blocks and quilts from the MSU Museum’s collection, Quilted Conversations demonstrates how creativity can foster community building, civic dialogue, and ultimately civic engagement. It connects contemporary community efforts with Martin Luther King’s work with communities.
  3. Reception with Artist Antoine Williams and RCAH Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery, January 16, 3:30-5:00 PM Visit the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery on the second floor of Snyder-Phillips Hall on Monday, January 16, 3:30-5 pm for a reception with Artist in Residence, Antoine Williams, and RCAH Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Performances by RCAH students, delicious food, and more! All events are free and open to the public. See the 6th Annual Perspectives on African-American Experience: Emerging Visions Artist’s Residency and Exhibition from January 16 through February 10, 2017, featuring The Fire This Time, by Antoine Williams.
  4. Curator-led Tour: “Sympathetic Detail: R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration”, MSU Museum, January 21, 2:00-3:00 PM 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.
  1. MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series: Jan Tichy Opening Reception, Broad Art Museum, January 21, 2:00-4:00 PM Join us in celebrating the achievements of a four-month collaboration between Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy and students from Everett High School (Lansing) and Carman-Ainsworth High School (Flint). The results of this collaboration, which addresses the Flint Water Crisis, culminate in a sculptural installation transforming the museum’s Education Wing. This exhibition is part of the MSU Federal Credit Union’s Artist Studio Series, which invites artists to interact with the community through site-specific installations presented alongside educational encounters that offer insight into the artist’s creative processes. Curated by the Steven L. Bridges, Assistant Curator. On view January 21–April 23, 2017.

Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

  1. Volunteer Orientation, Michigan Historical Center, Lansing, MI, January 11, 2:00-4:00 PM
  2.  A Statehood Day Celebration, Michigan Historical Center, Lansing, MI, January 26, 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
  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. MMA Seeks Proposals for 2017 Professional Development Workshops, Deadline: January 12
  2. Webinar: Social Media 101 for Museums and Historic Sites, January 17, 2017, 3:00 – 4:15 PM
  3. The Small Museum Association Annual Conference, College Park, MD, February 19-21, 2017
  4. Museums Advocacy Day, Washington DC, February 27-28, 2017
  5. Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Annual Conference and Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, July 12-15, 2017
  6. Museums and the Web Annual Conference 2017, Cleveland, OH April 19-22, 2017
  7. MMA Annual Conference 2017, Lansing, MI, October 17-19, 2017
  8.  Mackinac State Parks Job Fair, Mackinaw City, MI, February 25


Grants, Fellowships

  1. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. invites applications for its Research Fellowships. Deadline: January 15, 2017.
  2. 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.
  3. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in Chicago, IL invites applications for its Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship. Deadline: January 31, 2017.
  4. Fort Ticonderoga in Ticonderoga, NY invites applications for its 2017 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships. Deadline: February 1, 2017.


  1. Mackinac State Historic Parks, Multiple Internships in historic and natural interpretation, archaeology, guest services, exhibit construction and maintenance, collections, and archives
  2. Ruth Mott Foundation, Multiple Internships, Flint, MI
  3. 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.
  4. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering a limited number of paid internships for ten weeks every summer. Summer internships combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of the Ringling’s operation.
  5. National Garden Internship, Washington DC. In this 10 week summer position the intern learns how to prepare and run sixteen different hands on plant science modules through our HOPS (Hands On Plants Science) program. The National Garden Intern works closely with U.S. Botanic Garden staff to facilitate the running of HOPS, bringing vital educational opportunities to DC’s youth. The candidate must be at least a rising college junior to apply for this position. Applications for summer 2017 are due by February 1, 2017
  1. 2017 Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern Program The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group.  Internships are intended mainly for summer 2017, but consideration will be given to projects at other times of the year.  Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to:  museum studies, conservation studies, art history, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth sciences, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering.  A stipend will be offered for a period of 10 weeks. Applicants should contact potential advisors in advance of application and should specify preferred advisors in their application. Applications must be made on line – apply for the Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern Program.  Those interested in working under the supervision of conservators at MCI may apply separately through SOLAA for a different MCI internship:  Museum Conservation Internship Program.  Application deadline is February 25, 2017.


  1. Museum Director, MSU Museum, Lansing, MI
  2. Museum Educator, Flint Children’s Museum, Flint, MI
  3. Exhibit Designer, The PRD Group, Chantilly, VA
  4. Assistant Conservator, Objects, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  5. Curator, American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  6. Volunteer Services and Intern Program Assistant, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  7. Program Assistant, Family Programs, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN

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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