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October 1st, 2018

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter

Featured this month:


         2. The free journal for Emerging Museum Students and Professionals

         6. Event: MSU Broad – Conversations to Save the World

         11. Alumni Symposium: MSU History of Art
Nov. 2, 2018, 3 PM – 5 PM. 

         18. Internship Opportunities: Project Intern
Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals (RAAMP) CAA

         21. Fellowship opportunity:
Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution

         42. Job Posting: Public Programs Assistant
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL



Museum Studies News, Events, and Resources

1. From the desk of Susan J. Bandes

My inbox. In addition to all the everyday correspondence that crowds my inbox, I look forward to reading several museum-related messages I receive weekly and occasionally. These keep me up-to-date with what’s happening on the national and international scene. There are many others, I know, but here are several that I enjoy reading and from which I always learn something. Most have job postings as well as links to other resources and bibliographies that point to relevant literature in other fields.

ExhibiTricks: A Museum/Exhibit/Design Blog, a blog by Paul Orselli about tricks of the trade in exhibition design but also much more. https://blog.orselli.net/

Museums 2.0, Nina Simon’s blog, http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/. She brings best practices from many different fields to inform the museum profession. Her books, The Participatory Museum and The Art of Relevance are must reads for museum professionals.  Plus, she just launched OFBYFOR All, described as a framework to help civic and cultural organizations be of, by and for their communities.

RAAMP Newsletter, Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals, a project of the College Art Association supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. https://raamp.hcommons.org/

Director/Futurist Elizabeth Merritt of the American Alliance of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums, just edited Trends Watch 2018, published in the November/December issue of Museum magazine. She invited guest contributors to explore specific futures that might result from existing limits and challenges in museums.

UMAC, the International Committee for Academic Museums and Galleries, a committee of ICOM (the International Council of Museums), has been publishing a journal since 2008 that address a global perspective. It is open-access, on-line, and peer-reviewed, available at http://umac.icom.museum/umac-journal/. The most recent Issue include proceedings of the annual international conference that took place in Florida in May. 

Museum Hue, www.museumhue.com, seeks to expand the presence of people of color in museums. To that end the website contains an extensive job listing as well as a bibliography of articles related to communities of color in the museum field.

For emerging museum professionals, please see the brand new online journal listed below.

What are you reading?


2. The Free Journal for Museum Students and Emerging Professionals

The Museum Scholar is pleased to partner with the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network to expand access to museological texts and support deeper engagement within our field! TMS & NEMPN co-produces a thematic volume entitled Theory & Practice that tackles issues and ideas across the museum sector.


3. Informal Learning Network: MSU Speaker Series,
Tuesday, October 2 from 12 PM – 1 PM

Please join us Tuesday, October 2, from 12-1pm at the 4-H Children's Garden for the Informal Learning Network - MSU Speaker Series. Dr. Norm Lownds, Director, will speaking about “25 Years of Outreach in the 4-H Children's Garden: Experience Plants.”


4. Free AASLH Membership for students

The MSU Museum Studies Program is a member of the American Association for State and Local History. As a result, we are able to offer free student memberships to those who are interested. The AASLH is the professional membership organization for institutions and individuals in the field. Among the many benefits of membership is access to the robust website, discounts on webinars, job and internship listings, continuing education, and discounts on magazines and books. If you are interested in joining, contact Prof. Susan J. Bandes, bandes@msu.edu


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


5. MSU Broad – Field Station: Matthew Angelo Harrison Opening
Friday, October 12, 2018, 6 PM – 8 PM

Meet artist Matthew Angelo Harrison as we celebrate the opening of his exhibition, part of the MSU Broad’s Field Station series. Harrison will create a new body of sculptural works that further his exploration of what he has dubbed “abstracted ancestries,” often encasing found African carvings in resin, altered through the use of machine technologies.


6. MSU Broad – Conversations to Save the World
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 7 PM

In this conversation, we’ll learn why cross-disciplinary approaches to global problem solving are so critical and discover some of the tools we can use to be better collaborators and activists when taking on environmental issues.


7. MSU Broad – Community by Design Launch Event
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 6 PM – 8 PM

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the Art Lab Community Open Call, a new initiative that invites creative thinkers from the Mitten State to propose ideas that we will help bring to life. At the MSU Broad Art Lab, we believe that all members of our community have something valuable to share. This event will include the release of the Open Call application, the announcement of our community council, and exciting activities meant to bring people together.


8. MSU Broad – In the Field With Matthew Angelo Harrison
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, 7 P

         Join this conversation to explore the questions posed by our latest Field Station artist, Matthew Angelo Harrison, about the nature of identity and “abstracted ancestries.” Harrison is a Detroit-based artist who creates otherworldly sculptures that combine traces of ethnographic research, science fiction, and industrial design. Harrison will be joined by Candace Keller, Associate Professor of African Art, Art History and Visual Culture at MSU.


9. MSU Broad Art Lab – BRIDGE: An Art and Science Symposium
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 1 PM – 5 PM

Meet us in the MSU Broad Art Lab to witness the alchemy of art and science. Participants from the BRIDGE Artist-in-Residence Program and MSU faculty members will discuss the material and technology that shapes our worldview. A three-year initiative, BRIDGE immerses artists from all over the world in the creative space of scientific inquiry and research at MSU. This half-day symposium will provide insight into the exhibition opening that night at the MSU Broad, MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences.


10. MSU Broad – MATTER(S) matter(s) Exhibition Opening
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 6 PM – 8 PM

Celebrate the opening of MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences, which concludes the three-year BRIDGE Artist-in-Residence Program at MSU! Spanning the second level of the MSU Broad, this exhibition highlights the collaboration of national and international artists with MSU faculty and students. Many of the participating artists will be on hand for the opening, offering visitors the opportunity to engage with them and their work directly.

MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences is co-curated by Steven L. Bridges, Associate Curator, and Jens Hauser, Guest Curator and MSU Distinguished Affiliated Faculty. Support for this exhibition is provided by the MSU College of Arts and Letters, MSU Bridge Artist-in-Residency Program, Goethe-Institut Chicago, and the Eli and Edythe Broad endowed exhibitions fund. On view Oct. 27, 2018 – Mar. 3, 2019.


11. MSU History of Art Alumni Symposium, MSU Library, Green Room
Friday, November 2, 2018, 3 PM – 5 PM.  

The History of Art faculty has organized a biennial alumni symposium to bring back to campus four illustrious alumni who graduated in art history. Each will speak for approximately twenty minutes about their career paths, and afterward there will be time to meet and network with the speakers. Several are working in museums and others are in the non-profit world. Everyone is invited to this free afternoon event.  

Eric Booker, Exhibition Coordinator, The Studio Museum, New York
Sydney Richards: Visitor Services and Events Supervisor, Matthaei Gardens, University of Michigan
Janine Yorimoto Boldt, PhD: Andrew Mellon Curatorial Fellow, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia
Lisa Wolter: Vice President of ArtsWave Community Campaign, Cincinnati


12. MSU Museum – New Exhibit, “Martian Design Studio: Planning for Life on Mars”

In February 2018, students from Lansing’s Information Technology Empowerment Center’s (ITEC) 2020 Girls Program began exploring the possibilities of living on Mars. ITEC is a nonprofit organization working with students and families in Michigan to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Working with staff members from the MSU Museum and MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, students in grades 7-9 learned about space travel and the physical characteristics of Mars, human physical and social needs for living in communities, and how to create 2D and 3D drawings using computer-aided design software.

The Martian Design Studio showcases the 2020 Girls’ design process and how they answered the question “What might life be like on Mars when humans build communities there?”


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


13. Sorting Sightings by Peter Abrami -- Lansing Art Gallery
September 5th through October 30th

 Sorting Sightings by Peter Abrami is a solo exhibition that will be on view from Sept. 5 – Oct. 30, 2018.

Peter says “My compositions are made up of forms and colors that rub against each other, paintings that act as visual puzzles or games. I want my work to be active in the sense that the “whole” is always presented in parts, a visual puzzle to assemble and sort. In my most recent paintings I utilize the suggestions of bodily shapes; heads, eyes mouths and limbs pile up but aren’t fixed into any logical semblance. Pareidolia is the means in which these paintings are activated. Forms from the landscape also have crept in, leaving these paintings in an area between topography, portrait and abstraction.” 


State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops and Other Resources


14. Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Fellowship
Application Now Open!

The application period for the Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Fellowship is now open. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 pm on November 1, 2018. 

This program provides one-year fellowships to doctoral students to support research at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Students must have completed all coursework for their program, be admitted into doctoral candidacy, and completed all requirements except for completion of the dissertation. Fellowships carry a stipend of $36,000, which is paid by the Smithsonian Institution and the fellow's home institution.


15. University of Michigan, Stern Auditorium, UofM Museum of Art – Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice
Oct. 23, 2018, 6:30 PM

         Presented by the University of Michigan Museum Studies Program with the support of the Office of Student Life.


16. Michigan Museums Association’s monthly newsletter

MMA’s monthly newsletter contains a wealth of information about job openings, events and activities across the state as well as grant deadlines and workshops offered by federal agencies and professional organizations nationwide. Now is the time to volunteer for the annual meeting that will take place in October in Dearborn. Now is the time to volunteer for the annual meeting that will take place in October in Dearborn. Sign up to receive the newsletter on the MMA website, http://www.michiganmuseums.org/


17. AAMG Emerging Museum Professionals Facebook Group

Join AAMG's new Emerging Museum Professionals Facebook group and network with your peers. Open to academic museum professionals with fewer than 10 years of professional experience. Information on the forthcoming annual conference will also be released on this Facebook page.

18. Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals (RAAMP)
Project Intern

The Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals (RAAMP) website is a project of CAA supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Designed by committee members and museum leaders, it offers materials for practicing museum educators at college and university art museums (CUAMs) on practical and content-related guidelines.


Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in art history or a related discipline and 2–3 years’ experience with museums, libraries, special collections, or digital collections.

Ability to work independently and take initiative on new projects.

Clear and articulate communication style in speech and writing.

Initiative to take on new projects and ability to carry them out.

Commitment to the full three-month term of the internship. 

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Aakash Suchak, grants and special programs manager, via email (with “RAAMP Intern” and applicant’s last name in subject line) at asuchak@collegeart.org.  No telephone inquiries will be accepted.  Applications accepted until position is filled. Please include the names and contact information for two to three references who can speak to your qualifications and ability to perform the tasks requested.


Grants, Fellowships

19. Clark Travel-to-Collections Research Fellowship at Henry Ford Theatre and Museum

20. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowships

21. Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Fellowship



22. Internship Opportunities - MSU Museum, East Lansing MI

23. Intern Position for Collections and Exhibitions – Flint Institute of ARts, Flint MI

24. Supreme Court Internship Program – Washington D.C.

25. 2019 – 2020 Getty Graduate Internship Program – Los AngeleS/Malibu

26. George Ranch Historical Park – 2019 Internship – Richmond, TX

27. Winter/Spring (Jan-May) Internship Opportunities – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

28. Spring (Feb-Apr) Internship Opportunities – Akron Art Museum, Akron OH

29. PAID Fall Internship Opportunities -- National Air and Space Museum


30. Art Educator – Flint Institute of Arts, Flint MI

31. Facilities Assistant – Flint Institute of Arts, Flint MI

32. Gallery Guide – Broad Art Museum, East Lansing MI

33. Building Mechanic – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI

34. Building Attendant – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI

35. Café Service – Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids MI

36. Director of Communications – Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids MI

37. Exhibition Technicians – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

38. Visitor Services Associates – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

39. Sales Associate – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

40. Audio Visual Manager – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

41. Designer – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

42. Public Programs Assistant – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

43. AmeriCorps Service Year in Arts and Culture – Multiple Locations



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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: Christian Perry

Max Evjen


Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies

Site Specific Performance

Department of Theatre

Exhibitions Technology Specialist

MSU Museum

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