A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education

"A vital resource... it will become the standard text for generations to come."

Academic museums share a unique mandate: they are partners in education. As such, they have evolved in tandem - and not always easily - with their parent organizations. They can often pursue their missions in innovative ways, address controversial topics, produce unorthodox exhibitions, and have the freedom to experiment. But they operate within a challenging administrative structure - a two-tier environment in which operations, planning, governance, administration, financial support, and fundraising can all become more complex. And in recent years, some colleges and universities have questioned the very need to maintain a museum, while others have attempted to monetize art collections to raise capital. 
This pioneering 750-page book (with a second companion volume) brings together in one place as much good, current thinking as possible about the opportunities and issues unique to academic museums. Wide-ranging and committed, this is a collection of essays written about, by, and for the community of academic museums. Above all, they are intended as a practical resource for that community. The authors were charged with sharing useful information: strategies, best practices, mistakes made, lessons learned, what worked, what didn’t, and why. This book offers the combined wisdom of the profession for the benefit of its practitioners.
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    Praise for A Handbook for Academic Museums
    "A Handbook for Academic Museums is a vital resource for anyone working in or concerned about such museums.  It will become the standard text for generations to come."
    James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust

    "Academic museums are a means through which the academy can engage with the community, both local and national, to allow society to gain access to knowledge - A Handbook for Academic Museums demonstrates how this is made possible."
    Kate Pretty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.
    “The essays in this volume provide insight into a range of complex issues facing college and university museums. This Handbook is essential reading for all who work with and benefit from these unique institutions.”
    Kimerly Rorschach, Director, Seattle Art Museum; President, Association of Art Museum Directors; and previously Mary D. B. T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
    "These volumes contain responses to the new realities for college and university museums from some of the leading thinkers in the field on a variety of issues… Some of these thoughts are bound to be controversial. So much the better.”
    William U. Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art
    "The many fine essays contained in this useful Handbook broadly represent the rich range of activity and thought presently underway throughout the world of higher education and will delight all readers."
    Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery
    "This publication is an extraordinary resource for anyone interested in museums, teaching, and curating." 
    Michael R. Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art 

    Publication contents
    1. Strengthening the Teaching Role of the Academic Museum
    Creativity and the Relevant Museum: A Proposal
    John Stomberg, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
    Using Collections to Enhance the Student Experience: Developing a New Learning Offer at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
    David Gaimster and Ruth Fletcher, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow
    Mining the Hidden Jewel: Engagement and Transformation at the Ackland Art Museum
    Emily Kass and Carolyn Allmendinger, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina
    Crossing the Street Pedagogy: Using College Art Museums to Leverage Significant Learning Across the Campus
    Steven S Volk and Liliana Milkova, Oberlin College and Allen Memorial Art Museum
    Five Strategies for Strengthening the Teaching Role of an Academic Art Museum
    Stefanie Jandl, Independent museum professional
    2. Object-Based Learning
    Visual Literacy and the Art of Scientific Inquiry: A Case Study for Institutional and Cross Disciplinary Collaboration
    Ellen Alvord, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Linda Friedlaender, Yale Center for British Art
    Three-dimensional Learning: Exploring Responses to Learning and Interacting with Artefacts
    Deborah Schultz, Richmond American International University in London
    Coaxing Them Out of the Box:  Removing Disciplinary Barriers to Collection Use
    Dan Bartlett, Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College
    3. Exhibition Programs for an Academic Community
    The Living Worlds Gallery at the Manchester Museum
    Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum, Manchester University
    Setting the Table: The Role of University Art Museums in Creating Communities of Awareness Around Eating Disorders
    Laura Evans, College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas
    Go with the Flow: Fluxus at Play in a Teaching Museum
    Juliette Bianco, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
    The Curatorial Classroom: Creating Opportunities for Engaged Learning in the Academic Museum
    Jessica Hunter-Larson, Colorado College
    Faculty and Student Curators:  An Exhibit Template for Course Integration
    Joy Beckman, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College
    4. Controversial Projects
    Art, Politics, and Hitler's Early Years in Vienna: Managing a Controversy
    Deborah Rothschild, Williams College Museum of Art
    Effective Collaborations: The Case of the Dominated and Demeaned Exhibition at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
    Alice Sullivan, Wendy Sepponen and Jenny Kreiger, University of Michigan

    Whose Body Now? The Many Lives of a University Medical Collection
    Leonie Hannan, UCL Museums and Collections, University College London
    5. Interdisciplinary Collaborations
    Beyond Collections: Big Issues and University Museums
    Jane Pickering, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
    Cultivating a Curatorial Culture through the College Library
    Laurel Bradley, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Aisling Quigley and Heather Tompkins, Carleton College
    Pharmacy in the Art Museum: Lessons from an Unlikely Collaboration
    Amanda Martin-Hamon, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas; Pat Villeneuve, Florida State University; and Barbara Woods, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
    Where Art and History Meet: A Perspective and an Approach
    Rick Riccio, Exhibit Designer and Terry Barnhart, Eastern Illinois University
    6. Experiential Learning
    A Mutually Beneficial Exchange: The University of Melbourne's Cultural Collections Projects Program
    Helen Arnoldi, Cultural Collections, University of Melbourne
    University Museums Inspiring the Teachers of Tomorrow
    Philip Stephenson, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge 
    Strategies for Connecting University Art Galleries, Art Education Certification Programs, and Local Teachers
    Stephanie Danker, University of Illinois
    Peer-to-Peer Tours
    Kathy Shiroki, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Czurles-Nelson Gallery, and Buffalo State College
    7. Collections Stewardship
    Achieving Preservation and Access in an Academic Museum
    Suzanne Davis, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan
    University Museums in the Digital Age: The Cravens World Open Storage Teaching Collection at the University at Buffalo
    Peter F Biehl and Laura Harrison, State University of New York at Buffalo
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: An Exercise in Curatorial Practice
    Louise Lincoln, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago
    About the editors
    Stefanie S Jandl is an independent museum professional with expertise in strengthening the teaching role of academic museums within their campus communities. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator for Academic Programs at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA, where she helped strengthen the museum’s Mellon Foundation-funded academic outreach program. Jandl has organized numerous exhibitions, including the Labeltalk series, and has published on Man Ray. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Art History from Williams College.  
    Mark S Gold is a partner in the law firm of Parese, Sabin, Smith & Gold, LLP, in Williamstown, MA. His diverse practice includes non-profit and museum law and he has done considerable research into the ethical rules on using the proceeds of deaccessioning. Gold is a Board Member of the New England Museum Association and holds a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from The American University, a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University.  
    Publication details

    Title: A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education
    Editors: Stefanie S Jandl and Mark S Gold 
    ISBN: 978-1-907697-52-4 [paperback] | 978-1-907697-53-1 [hardback]
    Pages: 746
    Published price: £69.95 [paperback] | £99.95 [hardback]
    Publisher: MuseumsEtc
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