Imagine your collection consists of ancient Greek vases and you want to get teenagers interested... Imagine if you exhibit only “difficult” contemporary art and want to involve offenders in prison... Or imagine lending art from your collection to students to hang in their dorm rooms...
Just three of the challenges which faced the museums whose success stories are detailed in Advancing Engagement - the third volume in this acclaimed and inspirational series (“A vital resource... the standard text for generations to come.” James Cuno, President & CEO, The J Paul Getty Trust.)
The theme linking all these essays is that of engaging, involving and enriching the widest possible range of audiences in the rewarding process of object-based learning.
The essays in this 400-page, richly illustrated book have not been written to rest on a library shelf. They’re designed to be a practical resource, to help you think about your own institution, its programmes, challenges and opportunities – enlightened by what others have achieved in similar situations, and what might be possible. Advancing Engagement provides examples of best practice, innovation, and good thinking which offer guidance and inspiration for any museum - whether your budget is tiny or huge!
Foreword: Imagining the College Museum of 2050
John R Stomberg, Florence Finch Abbott Director, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Stefanie S Jandl and Mark S Gold
1. Campus Engagement
Transfer: Learning in and Through the Academic Museum
Liliana Milkova, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College; and Steven S Volk, Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Oberlin College
Thinking with Objects: The Ashmolean Museum’s University Engagement Programme
Giovanna Vitelli, Ashmolean Museum
Connecting Collections: Engaging Students Across the Curriculum at the University of Reading
Rhianedd Smith, Museum Studies, University of Reading
A Collection Behaving Badly: Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces
Sonnet Coggins and Diane Hart, Williams College Museum of Art
2. Growth and Change
Embracing Tradition while Forging an Innovative Path: The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College
Tracy L Adler and Susanna White, Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College
Bringing University Museums Together: Cross-disciplinary Working in Cambridge
Liz Hide, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Randolph College: A Sequel, A New Relationship and More Controversy
Peter Dean, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and Bradley W Bateman, President, Randolph College
Contemporary Curating within a Heritage Context
Jenny Brownrigg, Glasgow School of Art
Moving with the Times: Changing Roles for Curatorial Staff at the Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum Collections Team
3. Beyond Campus
Look Again… Young People at the Courtauld Gallery
Henrietta Hine, Courtauld Gallery, London
Educational Outreach with Offenders: Create and Curate
Sarah Bromage, Stirling Art Collection, University of Stirling
Engaging with the Hard to Reach: From Town to Gown
Wendy Goodridge and Syd Howells, Egypt Centre, Swansea University
Using Animation for Successful Engagement, Promotion and Learning
Amy Smith, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading and Sonya Nevin, University of Roehampton, London
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. She has organized numerous exhibitions, including the Labeltalk series, and has published on Man Ray. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California and an MA 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 BA 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.
A vital resource... the standard text for generations to come.
James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust.
The many fine essays… will delight all readers.
Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery.
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.
Responses to the new realities from some of the leading thinkers in the field.
William U Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art.
While I'm highly recommending things, let me direct your attention to the third volume in the Handbook for Academic Museums series, which includes a phenomenal essay by Peter Dean and Bradley Bateman on the Randolph College deaccessioning controversy.
Donn Zaretsky, The Art Law Blog, John Silberman Associates PC, New York.
As a four-year old academic museum, we are trying to teach our community about the role of such an institution on their campus and the essays in the Handbook for Academic Museums provide excellent stories and proven successes.
Dr Natalie R. Marsh, Director, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, OH.
Title: Advancing Engagement: A Handbook for Academic Museums, Volume 3
Editors: Stefanie S Jandl and Mark S Gold
Colour illustrations: 51
Size: 216 x 140mm
ISBN: 978-1-910144-40-4 [paperback]
ISBN: 978-1-910144-41-1 [hardback]
Editions: £59 [paperback] | £89 [hardback]