Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Newsletter, March 2017,

March Newsletter

Museum Studies News 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. Its 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. Michigan Emerging Museum Professionals Website Launch

Michigan Emerging Museum Professionals works to engage museum professionals across all stages of their careers in building vibrant communities of networking, knowledge exchange, and resource sharing. Their newly launched website offers an excellent selection of job, internship and professional development resources – be sure to take a look!

  1. “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.
  2. Museum Studies Info Session, A203 Wells Hall, March 20, 2017, 4:00 PM


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

  1. Photographer Talk with Stephen Mallon, MSU Museum, March 3, 2017, 12:15-1:30 PM

Join us for a gallery talk with photographer Stephen Mallon about the exhibit, “Next Stop Atlantic”, in the Ground Floor Gallery February 20 – September 2017. Between 2008 and 2011, photographer Stephen Mallon worked on a series entitled, Next Stop Atlantic, where he immersed himself in documenting subway cars being dropped into the Atlantic Ocean. The subway cars are intended to serve as artificial reef habitats designed to promote life along the eastern sea board.

  1. Altered Tour: Flint Voices with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Broad Art Museum, March 3, 2017, 7:00 PM

In the hopes of providing greater visibility to the Flint water crisis through the amplification of voices previously unheard, Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy and high school students from Flint and Lansing have created Beyond Streaming, a sound mural currently on view in the Education Wing. These recorded experiences will be the backdrop to an engaging presentation delivered by the distinguished Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Dr. Mona’s research and testing of lead levels in Flint children proved beyond all doubt, ignorance or dismissiveness that Flint’s water had become poisonous. Please join us for this unique opportunity to see past the media coverage and catch a glimpse of the lives at stake. Seating for this event is limited. Please plan accordingly.

  1. Curator-Led Tour, MSU Museum, March 12, 2:00-3:00 PM

Join us for a curator-led exhibit tour of, “Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights,” with Curator of Cultural Heritage Mary Worrall, on display in the Heritage Gallery through July 9, 2017.

  1. “All My Relations: an Indigenous Perspective on Landscape” Exhibit Opening, MSU Museum, March 13, 2017

TED Fellow Camille Seaman’s “All My Relations: an Indigenous Perspective on Landscape,” features portions of two of her extended photography projects, “Melting Away” and “The Big Cloud.” “Melting Away,” shot in the Arctic and the Antarctic, explores the melting ice and the shrinking habitats of polar bears and penguins. “The Big Cloud” explores storm chasing and was inspired by her Shinnecock Indian heritage and her daughter’s fascination with storms.

  1. “Hanging by a Thread: Caring for Vintage Textiles & Clothing”, MSU Museum, March 16, 2017, 12:30-1:30

Join us in the MSU Museum Auditorium for a presentation on textile conservation by textile conservator Fran Faille.

  1. Masters of Fine Art Exhibition, Broad Art Museum, March 17

The 2017 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition marks the culmination of a three-year degree program that emphasizes extensive creative exploration under the supervision of a faculty guidance committee. Focused study in an area of concentration, as well as course work in art history and related fields, helps artists situate their work within the larger discourse that characterizes the practice of art and design today. The creative research of Ladan Bahmani, Elyse Gambino, Kristen Franyutti, Jordan Smith, and Chelsea Young, stands as evidence of their achievements and promise.

  1. Curator-led Tour, MSU Museum, March 18, 2017, 2:00 -3:00 PM

Join us for a curator-led exhibit tour of, “Sympathetic Detail:R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration,” with Curator of History Shirley Wajda, on display in the Art-Science-Creativity Gallery through November 22, 2017.

  1. Stories of Home with the Nokomis Learning Center, Broad Art Museum, March 18, 2017, 3:00 PM

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of interactive storytelling and cultural exchange with our friends from the Nokomis Learning Center. Storytelling has a high position in the culture of the Anishinaabek. The tales and legends have within them lessons and history capable of touching the hearts and mind of all who come to listen. The Nokomis Native American Cultural Learning Center is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history, arts, and culture of the Anishinaabe people—the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations.

  1. Photographer Talk with Camille Seaman, MSU Museum, March 26, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Join us for a gallery talk with Camille Seaman about the exhibit, “All My Relations: an Indigenous Perspective on Landscape”, on display in the Main Gallery March 6-September 29, 2017. Senior

  1. 50 Years On: Conversations Around the Collection, Broad Art Museum, March 28, 2017, 2:00 PM

Join us as we continue with our second conversation in this 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 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.

  1. MFA Public Talks, Broad Art Museum, March 29, 2017, 6:00 PM

Join Michigan State University Department of Art, Art History, and Design third-year graduate students Ladan Bahmani, Elyse Gambino, Kristen Franyutti, Jordan Smith, and Chelsea Young as they discuss their work included in the 2017 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, on view from March 18–April 2, 2017. Q&A to follow with Assistant Curator Carla Acevedo-Yates moderating the discussion.

Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

  1. Arts Night Out, Old Town, Lansing, MI, March 3, 2017, 5:00 PM

Presented by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Arts Night Out is a bi-monthly event to expand and experience urban space and creativity in unexpected ways. Venues across Old Town offer opportunities to experience art, music and much more. The Michigan Emerging Museum Professionals will be hosting a mixer meet & greet at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing in conjunction with Arts Night Out.

  1. “Aspiration/Obligation? Imagining Intellectual Freedom in Museums”, Rackham School of Graduate Studies Amphitheater, U of M, March 17, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  2. “Art for Sale? Public Trust, Public Debt: The Detroit Institute of Arts and the City of Detroit Bankruptcy” Lecture by Graham Beal, U of M MSP, March 21, 6:30 PM
  3. NanoDay, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI, March 25, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops

  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 Tours, MMA Annual Conference: The Michigan museums community is gathering in Lansing this fall and we’re looking for tours and cool experiences. We are excited to gather the Michigan museum community in Greater Lansing and plan to highlight unique aspects of the area by offering tours and special experiences on the afternoon of October 18, from 3-5 pm. MMA invites museums, cultural organizations, and other venues to host focused tours for MMA members and conference participants. Please contact the MMA office (call 313-334-7643 or email with questions or to offer to host a tour.
  3. Reflecting on Practice Workshops, Chicago Zoological Society

Are you interested in establishing a learning community among your staff that enhances teaching practice and fosters the growth and development of people and their ideas? Join us for the Coaching Workshop to learn about Reflecting on Practice (RoP™), a modular professional learning program for informal educators. Join us March 2 – 3, 2017 at the Indianapolis Zoo (Indianapolis, IN) or May 9 – 10, 2017 at the Niabi Zoo (Coal Valley, lL) for a two day workshop offered in partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science. You can learn how to implement Reflecting on Practice at your own site. Other workshops available, see website for all dates and locations.

  1. “Environmental Monitoring” Webinar, Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), March 15, 2017.

Registration deadline: March 14, 2017.

  1. MuseumHack Audience Engagement Training, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, March 23, 2017, 10:00 AM

We are excited to announce that the Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids will host a FREE audience engagement presentation by the well-known group Museum Hack. During the presentation, our VIP Guide will discuss how Museum Hack approaches the challenges of engaging new audiences in a shifting cultural climate, and provide examples of tools and methods used on their unconventional tours and events. The presentation will also include a discussion of their 5 Elements of a Hack method and Museum Hack techniques for Activity Design. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session for attending staff. Staff from the DIA will also be presenting on their visual thinking strategies during the event.

Only 14 spots are still available; if attending, RSVP to Bettina D. Cousineau (

  1. MMA Grant Writing Workshop, Flint, MI, April 4

On April 4 in Flint, MMA will host a day-long grantwriting workshop.  MCACA and other granting organizations will present information about their grant programs, followed by a presentation by a grant writer with tips and tools to help write grants. Registration will be available for the MMA workshop in early March.

  1. Association of Academic Museums Annual Conference, Eugene OR – Undergrad/Grad Scholarships

Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation and conference sponsors Culture Spots and Four Color Print Group, AAMG is pleased to provide a limited number of $450 student scholarships to attend the AAMG Annual Conference in Eugene, OR. Interested undergraduate or graduate students should submit a letter of interest to Jill Hartz at by April 6, 2017.The application letter should address: 1) Why the applicant wishes to attend; 2) What specifically the applicant wishes to gain from the conference; 3) How attendance will further the applicant’s career and/or educational goals. In exchange for financial support, recipients agree to submit a 300 word editorial related to the conference by July 15, 2017 to

  1. Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Annual Conference and Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, July 12-15, 2017
  2. Museums and the Web Annual Conference 2017, Cleveland, OH April 19-22, 2017
  3. MMA Annual Conference 2017, Lansing, MI, October 17-19, 2017

Grants, Fellowships

  1. Multiple Graduate Internships, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI
  2. The Civil War Trustinvites applications for seven full scholarships for its annual conference in Chattanooga, TN from June 8-11, 2017.
  3. The New Jersey Cultural Trustinvites applications for its Cultural Trust Preservation Grants. Deadline: April 19, 2017.
  4. The Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fundinvites applications for its Capital Preservation and Historic Site Management Deadline: May 3, 2017.
  5. Yale UniversityArt Gallery in New Haven, CT invites applications for its Cullman-Payson Fellowship.


  1. Kathryn Turner Diversity & Technology Internship, Smithsonian Libraries, Washington DC

Deadline: March 12

  1. Multiple Internships, Historic Preservation Internship Training Program

Deadline: March 13

  1. The Margaret Herrick Libraryof the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA seeks a Pre-Program Conservation Intern. Deadline: April 1, 2017.
  2. Cheteyan Internship, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

The Museum typically hosts 15-20 interns each year, and they assist with all aspects of Museum operations and programming.  Thanks to the generosity of Michael and Judy Cheteyan, the Erie Art Museum offers one full-time, 12-week paid internship each year to a recent college graduate. The internship can start in August or September 2017. Cheteyan interns choose a focus of Exhibition Development, Museum Education, or Public Folklore.

Deadline: April 10.

  1. Multiple Internships, Museum of Northern Arizona
  2. Seasonal Interpreter, Hartwick Pines State Park Logging Museum, MI

For application information, contact Hillary Pine ( or call 989-348-2537.

  1. Seasonal Interpreter, Tawas Point Lighthouse, MI

For application information, contact Hillary Pine ( or call 989-348-2537.

  1. Multiple Internships, DIA Summer Internship in the Curatorial Division, Detroit, MI

The Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the leading art museums in the U.S., is seeking applicants for the positions of unpaid interns for summer 2017.  The quality and comprehensive nature of its collections, the excellence of its staff, its library and its facilities, make the DIA an ideal environment for introducing a student to the world of museums and non-profit organizations.

  1. International Preservation Studies Center Internship, Mount Carroll, IL

The International Preservation Studies Center is a school for museum professionals, historic preservationists, historians, librarians, archivists and students.  We teach courses on care of books, paper, objects, photos, textiles, historic buildings and much more.  We also have a level 1 accredited arboretum on our historic campus.  We are looking for interns who are studying botany, biology, taxonomy, graphic design, web design, education, history, communication, museum studies and art, but anyone is welcomed to apply.


  1. The Penn Museumat the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA seeks a Public Programs Manager & Summer Camp Director.
  2. The Hammer Museum’s Grunwald Center for the Graphic Artsat UCLA in Los Angeles, CA seeks a Curatorial Assistant.
  3. The Contemporary Austinin Austin, TX seeks a Development Director.
  4. Poe Baltimorein Baltimore, MD seeks a Director.
  5. The National Museum of the Pacific Warin Fredericksburg, TX seeks an Education Assistant/Public Programs.
  6. The Tenement Museumin New York, NY seeks an Education Associate for Programs & Media.
  7. Dow Gardensin Midland, MI seeks a Program Manager for Whiting Forest.