Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies E-Newsletter, February 3, 2017




February 3rd, 2017
MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter

Museum Studies News, Events, and Resources

  1. Free Student Memberships in AASLH. With the Museum Studies Program membership in the Association of State and Local History, a limited number of free student memberships are included. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact Prof. Susan J. Bandes, AASLH is the professional organization for museums and historical institutions. It’s robust website has a wealth of professional information and listings of internships and job vacancies.
  1. Museum Studies Booklist The MSU Museum Studies program faculty has created a list of the most significant publications in the field of museology. This list is especially applicable to graduate students (who must read 7-8 of these books before completing the MA or certificate), but is also an excellent resource for undergrads! Visit the list under the “Resources” tab on the MSP website.
  1. “Darwin and Museums” Lecture by Dr. Sam Alberti, C106 Holmes Hall, February 7, 2017, 7:30 PM Public lecture by Dr. Sam Alberti, Keeper of Science & Technology, National Museums Scotland. Organized by Lyman Briggs College, co-sponsored by Museum Studies.
  2. “Bosch: In the Garden of Dreams” Documentary Viewing, Green Room (W442), Main Library, March 2, 2017, 6:00 PM A documentary about Bosch’s iconic work, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” FREE and open to the public. Cosponsored by the College of Music and the Department of Art, Art History & Design, presented by Susan J. Bandes, professor of art history.

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

  1. Altered Tour: Interior Spaces”, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, February 3, 7:00 PM Kate Terry’s site-specific thread installations respond directly to the architecture of the spaces they inhabit. She is interested in how this almost invisible material can command and disrupt behavior. With this in mind, we’ll learn some basic principles of interior design from local professional, Courtney Hovey. Hovey earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design from MSU in 2015, where she was Vice President of U.S. Green Building Council, MSU Student Chapter. She is currently an interior designer at Stantec in Detroit.
  1. “Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights” Curator-led tour, MSU Museum, East Lansing, MI, February 4, 2:00 PM Join us for a curator-led exhibit tour of, “Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights,” with Curator Aleia Brown. The exhibit grew out of a collaborative community engagement project that uses quiltmaking 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.
  2. “Into the Golden Age: Celtic Art of a Medieval Ireland”, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, February 8, 7:00 PM Using the Irish Uprising of 1916 as a starting point, 2116: Forecast of the Next Century asks 16 contemporary artists to look forward another 100 years and imagine what the future might hold for Ireland. In this lecture, Caitlin Doherty, curator of the exhibition, will take us back to early Medieval times and a shared Celtic tradition which has become immediately recognizable around the world today. Using some of the finest works of art from this time as examples such as manuscript illumination, metalwork, and stone sculpture, the audience will be taken on a journey into the Golden Age of Irish art and will further consider how this continues to inform an understanding of Irish identity today.
  3. Darwin Discovery Day, MSU Museum, East Lansing, MI, February 12, 1:00 PM Tour the MSU Museum’s Hall of Evolution, view displays of fossil, reptile, bird and mammal specimens; curators and specialists identify fossils, rocks, bones, teeth, feathers, shells and other curiosities that visitors bring in; displays and activities by other MSU science units, including Anthropology, 4-H Gardens, Entomology and more lively learning for all ages.
  4. “The Great American Eclipse: Getting Ready for August 2017”, Abrams Planetarium, East Lansing, MI, February 16, 7:30 Join Shannon Schmoll, Director of the Abrams Planetarium, for the latest installment in their “Astronomical Horizons” Lecture Series
  5.  “Sympathetic Detail: R.F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration” Curator-led tour, MSU Museum, East Lansing, MI, February 18, 2:00 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.
  6. “Artist Talk: Kate Terry”, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, February 23, 7:00 PM Join artist Kate Terry as she talks about her latest work and recent installation, Suspended Space, currently on view through April 2. Terry’s practice includes sculpture, installation and drawing, with her current installation employing thread to form intricate geometric patterns amid hundreds of taught, straight lines that intersect and create new architectures within the gallery space. The lecture is also planned in conjunction with MSU’s Art, Art History, and Design Guest Lecture Series.
  7. “50 Years On: Conversations Around the Collection”, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, February 28, 12:30 PM Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with the first event in our spring series collaboration with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities titled, 50 Years On: Reflections on Race, Racism and the Legacies of the 1967 Detroit Riots. Coordinated around the visit to MSU on April 3, 2017, by the award-winning writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates as part of the World View Lecture Series, the Broad MSU is offering a series of programs that promote discussion about the burden of racism in American society. Featuring Assistant Curator, Carla Acevedo-Yates, along with special guest Jena Baker-Calloway of the MSU Detroit Center, who will use the work of Detroit artist, Tyree Guyton as a departure point for their conversation. Jena Baker-Calloway grew up in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Sociology and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Support for this program provided by the MSU Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant/Office for Inclusion.

Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

  1. “Say What I See” Writing and Art Educator Workshop, DIA, Detroit, MI, February 4, 9:30 AM
  2. “Legopalooza”, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI, February 11 & 12
  3.  Engineering Day, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI, February 25, 12:00 PM

State/National/Regional Conferences, Worskhops

  1. Call for Student Papers, MMA Annual Conference: The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is now accepting student paper proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference. MMA strives to support students as future museum leaders. The student paper session offers students the opportunity to share their research, class projects, and field experiences. The conference will be held in Lansing from October 17 through October 19; the deadline for proposals is March 13, 2017. Student papers will be presented on Wednesday, October 18. We invite proposals for papers on any topic within the field of museums although preference may be given to those that fit the conference theme, Sharing Our Stories: The Role of MI Museums.
  2. Call for Proposals, MMA Annual Conference: The Michigan Museums Association seeks proposals for sixteen concurrent sessions to take place during our annual conference. The conference will be held October 17-19, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. Concurrent sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 between 9 am and 5 pm. For each session, a projector and screen will be provided. The average concurrent session has about 20-30 attendees who come from all sizes and types of museums from throughout Michigan. Presenters are encouraged to provide handouts and share slides. Session presenters are expected to register for at least one day of the conference. Session proposals may be submitted online or via hard copy. Proposals are due February 20, 2017. For more information about the conference, contact the MMA office at 313-334-7342 or email
  3. Historic Preservation Advocacy Day, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Lansing, MI, February 21
  4. The Small Museum Association Annual Conference, College Park, MD, February 19-21, 2017
  5. Museums Advocacy Day,Washington DC, February 27-28, 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 2017, Cleveland, OH April 19-22, 2017
  8. MMA Annual Conference 2017, Lansing, MI, October 17-19, 2017
  9. Mackinac State Parks Job Fair,Mackinaw City, MI, February 25

Grants, Fellowships

  1.  Multiple Graduate Internships, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI
  2. Native American Fellowship, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA Deadline: February 10
  3. Kress Fellowships, Medici Archive Project, Florence, Italy Deadline: February 15


  1. Historic Charlton Park Internship, Hastings, MI Deadline: February 10
  2. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Artin 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.Deadline: February 15
  3. Brookfield Zoo, Multiple Summer Internships. The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to developing people’s capacities and competencies, serving as a mentor and trainer, providing experiential learning opportunities to individuals seeking to understand, develop, and establish careers in the fields of zoology and conservation. In fulfilling this role, the Society has a long-standing Internship Program that has been recognized as one of the top programs for college students in the country. The program, established in 1975, was one of the first in the nation to allow students pursuing careers in animal care the opportunity to work side by side with professional zookeepers, learning the skills and techniques necessary to manage exotic zoo animals. Since that time, the Internship Program, now called the College Experiential Learning Opportunities program, has evolved to include internships and research opportunities in a variety of areas and fields. Deadline: February 18
  4. 2017 Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern ProgramThe 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.  Deadline: February 25
  5. Collections Internship, Montana Heritage Commission
  6. Oral History Intern, Exhibitions Intern Coronado Museum of History and Art
  7. Emily A Laird Graduate Student Internship in Museum Studies, Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island Deadline: February 20
  8. Public Engagement for Narwhals Summer Internship, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. Deadline: March 1
  9.  Multiple Internships, National Museum of the American Sailor, Great Lakes, IL Deadline: March 1


    37. Research Assistant 1 – Audience Research, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, IL Starting Pay $11.50 per hour. As part of the Conservation, Education and Training (CET) team, the Research Assistant (1) – Audience Research assists with guest research through participation in various aspects of current studies in order to acquire knowledge and provide valuable information needed for decision-making and programming in the Society’s efforts to continuously improve attendance and the guest experience. You will demonstrate your strong social and communication skills to interact with guests gathering guest data through interviews, surveys, and/or observations in connection with one or more research projects. You will utilize your strong computer skills as well as your attention to detail and accurate while performing data entry of quantitative and/or qualitative data from completed surveys, interviews, and/or observations into statistical and/or word processing programs. You will also assist with logistics such as photocopying, distributing, collecting, and filing survey instruments for one or more research projects; assist with data analysis, data graphing, and/or tabulation when needed; may occasionally prepare draft reports. To apply, visit, and search for requisition number 1303BR.  Deadline: February 20

  1. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Multiple Positions
  2. Membership Assistant, Michigan Museums Association Deadline: March 3
  3. Assistant Curator for Youth and Family Programs, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Deadline: February 24
  4. Digital Dome Program Director, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan
  5. Museum Services and Education Assistant, Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City, OK
  6. Group Tour Coordinator, Plymouth Hall Museum, Plymouth, MA
  7. Oral History Administrator, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY
  8. Director of Marketing and Communications, Nebraska State Historical Society

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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