Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Newsletter, April 3rd, 2017

April 3rd, 2017

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter


Museum Studies News, Events, and Resources

1.     2017-2018 Museum Studies Courses Scheduled

Museum Studies courses at MSU have a new course code beginning in Fall 2017. Courses will be listed as “MUSM” (rather than under the old “AL”). Fall courses include: MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies and MUSM 494 Exhibition Theory and Design. Spring courses are MUSM 488 Curatorial Practices and MUSM 498 Learning in Museums.

In addition, for the first time a new History course, History Harvest, HST 495, cross-listed as MUSM 495 will be offered and can count for credit in the Museum Studies minor and graduate track.  History Harvest is a hands-on, collaborative course at MSU that joins a larger nationwide initiative (see collect the stories, artifacts, documents, and family heirlooms of underrepresented and marginalized communities. Students in History Harvest courses will build relationships with community leaders and organizations, hold events where they collect oral histories and digitize historical objects, and then create a digital archive that tells the story of a community and its history.

This Fall, HST 495/MSUM 495 will learn about and connect with the Latinx community in Lansing and Mid-Michigan. Students will learn about the history of Latinx culture, identity, migration, employment, churches, and more through the lived experiences of participants and their historical artifacts.

For questions, contact the instructors Prof. Brandon Locke ( and curator Shirley Wajda (

2.     AL497 Summer Practicum in Curation and Collections Management: MSU Museum’s Historic Dress Collection This 1 credit, hands-on summer course offers an opportunity to learn collection standards, management practices, and exhibition procedures (among many other skills) for historic clothing and textiles. The course runs from May 15-June 1, 2017 – for more information, visit the MSUMSP website, or email Shirley Wajda (

3.      (Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy Exhibit Opening Students in Susan Bandes’s Curatorial Practices course have organized the exhibition (Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy. It will be on view from April 21-April 28, 2017 in the MSU Union Gallery, 2nd Floor on the MSU campus. Opening hours are Monday- Thursday, noon-5 p.m; Friday, noon- 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The opening reception is on April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The exhibition explores a variety of ways in which dress defines and gives identify to a person or group of people across the globe. It features attire and images of dress from the Broad Art Museum and the MSU Museum collections dating from the late 19th century to the present day and from a variety of cultures. They are used to explore how dress can form identity whether it is chosen or imposed and how it affects changing perceptions of the wearer. From hats to shoes, star-spangled and striped hippie jeans to a WWI uniform, the exhibition explores dress as implied or explicit controversy.

The 25 curators of this exhibition come from diverse backgrounds and span a variety of majors including art, art history, anthropology, history, media information and advertising. From these different perspectives, they came together to think about the theme in new ways.

4.     Museum Studies students get a behind the scenes tour at the DIA Students in Curatorial Practices spent March 23 at the Detroit Institute of Arts and had the opportunity to visit the Conservation Laboratory. Many also had lunch with MSU Alum, Elena Barry, Exhibitions Assistant at the museum.

5.     Night at the Museums! Partnering with the Michigan State University Science Festival, museums throughout Michigan will be hosting “Night at the Museum” events for the whole month of April. Participating museums include Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Besser Museum of Northeast Michigan, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, The Air Zoo, Potter Park Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Michigan History Center, Impression 5 Science Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, U-M Museum of Natural History, Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, MSU Museum and the Broad Art Museum. Full details for these events can be found at:

6.     The Museum Scholar: A New Digital Publication for Museum Students

The Museum Scholar is a new, free, open access academic journal that provides an opportunity for all museum students and recent graduates to publish their work. Articles undergo a double-blind peer review, and are submitted to Crossref, DOI, and the LOCKSS archiving system when published. The Museum Scholar (TMS) also seeks student peer reviewers who will be taught how to review academic articles. Participation in TMS is completely free of charge.

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

7.     “50 Years On: Reflections on Race, Racism and the Legacies of the 1967 Detroit Riots”, Broad Art Museum, April 4, 2017, 2:00 PM Join us as we continue the conversation, reflecting on the legacies of the 1967 Detroit Riots with Residential College in the Arts and Humanities faculty member Tama Hamilton-Wray. In conversation with nationally acclaimed photographer, historian, genealogist, and activist Dale Rich, they will explore the period through photographs, videos, and other eyewitness accounts featured in Through a Black Lens: Detroit 1967, on view at the RCAH LookOut! Gallery from March 24–April 14, 2017.

8.     Discussion and Reception: Through a Black Lens: Detroit 1967, RCAH LookOut! ArtGallery, April 6, 2017, 4:30 PM From March 24 through April 14, 2017, visit the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery for Through a Black Lens: Detroit 1967, an exhibition of African-American photojournalism and Detroit’s 1967 urban upheaval in photographs, videos, and other eyewitness accounts. Don’t miss the panel discussion and reception at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in LookOut! Art Gallery. Panelists will include: Dr. Eugene Cain, photographer and retired school administrator, Dr. Melvin Peters, Assoc. Prof. Eastern Michigan University African American Studies professor and Rina Risper, publisher of The New Citizen’s Press.

9.     “Skeletons, Jaws, and Jars: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the MSU Museum’s Vertebrate Collections”, MSU Museum, April 14, 2017, 2:00-3:15 PM Take a guided tour of the vertebrate collections, where over 111,000 specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and fossils are housed. These include skeletons, skins, furs, fluid-preserved materials, bird eggs & nests, and fossils. Learn how these are used for research and learning at MSU and around the world. Each tour has a maximum of 15 participants. Please be aware that the tour area has some steps. Pre-registration required.

10.     The Hob Nob: Early Cinema Magic, Broad Art Museum, April 14, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of early cinema and magical collage projections made by you. This is the perfect spot to unwind and connect with art and art lovers. Admission is free and includes good music, creative activities, and a cash bar.

11.     The Transported Man Public Opening Reception, Broad Art Museum, April 29, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM

Please join us for the opening of the debut exhibition by Director Marc-Olivier Wahler. On view April 29–October 22, 2017, the exhibition will span the entire museum. Featuring more than 50 renowned and emerging artists whose work relies on the notion of belief, The Transported Man examines the power of interpretation and the tension that exists between an ordinary object and an art object. Curatorial remarks begin at 6:30 pm.

Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

12.     Science of Cinema, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI, April 8, 2017, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

13.     Transportation Day, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI, April 22, 2017, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

14.     Arts Night Out, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Old Town, Lansing, MI, May 5, 2017

15.   Student Exhibit Opportunity, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson MI Judy Horn, Director of Collections at the Ella Sharp Museum, is interested in working with a museum studies student to create and install an exhibit in one of our small galleries at the museum. The time frame would be mid-October 2017 through mid-March 2018 with those dates being flexible. If you are a student that would be interested in pursuing this opportunity as an internship or volunteer opportunity, please contact Susan Bandes ( 

State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops

16.     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

17.     Harnessing the Power of Media, Dorthy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Rapids, MI, April 11, 2017 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

18.     Basic Grantwriting, Dorthy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Rapids, MI, May 31, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

19.     Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Annual Conference and Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, July 12-15, 2017

20.     Museums and the Web Annual Conference 2017, Cleveland, OH April 19-22, 2017

21.     The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship will host its annual conference“Blending Money and Mission,” from July 9-13, 2017 in Kansas City, MO.

22.     MMA Annual Conference 2017, Lansing, MI, October 17-19, 2017

23.  Museum Computer Network Annual Conference 2017, Pittsburgh, PA, November 7-10, 2017 – Call for proposals is now open for MCN 2017!

MCN 2017: Looking Back, Thinking Forward, Taking Action.  Every year, MCN explores topics of relevance to museum practitioners working with, or affected by, digital media and technology. In 2017, MCN will focus on how museums can use technology to innovate and emphasize transparency, individual action, and institutional bravery. We are interested in cases where a creating an open museum culture encourages bold action to confront challenges in our field, our communities, and our society, including issues of diversity and inclusion. Submissions on any topic from people at all levels of the institution and all parts of the field are welcome, and we especially encourage proposals with bold ideas that leverage technology to evolve museums, create institutional partnerships outside the sector, and champion a culture of transparency to inspire immediate action.  Proposals Due April 30th at the following link:

Grants, Fellowships

24.     The New Jersey Cultural Trust invites applications for its Cultural Trust Preservation Grants. Deadline: April 19, 2017.

25.The Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund invites applications for its Capital Preservation and Historic Site Management Grants. Deadline: May 3, 2017.

26.     The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX invites applications for its Davidson Family Fellowship. Deadline: May 30, 2017.


27.     Education, Collections and Exhibits Intern, Fort Bend Museum, Richmond, TXDeadline: April 11

28.Semmes Foundation Internship in Museum Studies, McNay Art MuseumDeadline: April 7, 2017

29.     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.

30.     The Image Permanence Institute invites applications for its Internship in Preservation Research. Deadline: May 15, 2017.

 31.    The Museum of Science, Boston in Boston, MA seeks an Edward M. Healy Exhibit Hall Interpretation Intern


32.Director, Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology and WSU Planetarium, Detroit, MI

33.Accounting Supervisor, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI Deadline: April 14

34.Collections Specialist, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI

35.Assistant Director of Material Culture, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI

36.Gallery Interpretation Manager, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX

37.Development Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO.

38.Part-Time Interpreter, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington, DE.

39. Assistant Collections Manager, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Deadline: May 12, 2017.

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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