Museum Studies at Tufts University

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Job Roundup

Northeast:

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT)

Research Associate, Mary Baker Eddy Library (Boston, MA)

Collections Assistant, Haffenreffer Museum (Providence, RI)

Curatorial Assistant, Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY)

South:

Development Manager, Tryon Palace (New Bern, NC)

Chief Curator, International African American Museum (Charleston, SC)

Chief Curator, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL)

Deputy Director for Advancement, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (Miami, FL)

Mid-Atlantic:

SAMA Altoona Site Coordinator, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (Altoona, PA)

Director of Exhibitions, Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, PA)

Midwest:

Pleasant Rowland Textile Specialist & Research Director, Center for Design & Material Culture, University of Wisconsin – Madison (Madison, WI)

Community Outreach Coordinator (African American History Initiative), Missouri Historical Society (St. Louis, MO)

West:

Associate Director, Foundation and Government Giving, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)

Introducing New Editors!

It’s that time once again for the editors we have come to know and love to hand over the reins to upcoming editors. Congratulations to you all on your graduation! We as new editors will do our best to uphold the standards you have set as we take it from here. 

Now to introduce ourselves! Your new editors are:

Alexandra Harter

Alexandra Harter, MA in History and Museum Studies

Hello everyone! My name is Alexandra Harter and I am starting my second year in the History and Museum Studies MA program at Tufts. Growing up in Virginia, there were tons of opportunities to go to museums – especially those with a focus on history – as I went through school. While I loved studying history since I was a child, it wasn’t until my undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond that I decided to pursue my love of history in my career. My interest in museums played a significant part in this decision, as it was during my semester abroad in London and all of the time that I spent at institutions such as the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum that helped me to realize what I was passionate about.

I discovered a passion for archival research and academic writing throughout my studies and interned at Agecroft Hall, a Tudor era historic house museum that was transported from England to Richmond, VA in the early twentieth century. Accessibility is a particular concern that I have within the museum, so I worked to translate the regular tour that I had learned into Spanish for visitors as part of my internship. While at Tufts, I have learned so much more about what it means to be an accessible museum as well as other issues that museums must consider when they think of how to serve their communities. I am thrilled to say that my studies here have broadened my interest in various museum positions, from curator to conservator to collections manager. I look forward to continuing to learn even more as I help to run this blog with my classmates!

 

Abigail Lynn

Abigail Lynn, MA in Art History and Museum Studies

Hello! My name is Abigail Lynn and I am a second year in the Art History and Museum Studies Program at Tufts University. Having grown up in rural Indiana, visiting a museum meant hopping in the car for a bit of a drive to get to a larger city. To this day, I can still remember my first visit to the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois. It seemed like such a massive place, and there was art everywhere I looked. From that point on I knew art was always going to be a part of my life.

During my undergraduate studies, I thought I would give studio art a try, and paired that degree with studies in history and Spanish. However, when I had the opportunity to take a trip to Italy, I realized my love of research, digging into the background of an artwork or an artist to find out what makes them tick. I also realized that I wanted to share my love of art with others, and offer them the same, rewarding experience I had at the Chicago Art Institute.

Since then I have volunteered at the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri and worked for the Mariana Kistler Museum of Art in Manhattan, Kansas in order to gain more experience within the museum field. I have also had the opportunity to hold a fellowship position at the Tufts University Art Galleries. While at Tufts, I have further developed my writing and researching skills, and more fully realized the responsibilities awaiting future museum professionals. I hope this blog will provide another avenue through which I can share and learn along with other museum enthusiasts.

 

Eric Carstens

Eric Carstens, MA in Museum Education

Hi everyone! My name is Eric Carstens and I am starting my second year in the Museum Education program. I am from Northern Virginia and grew up going to the Smithsonian Museums in DC. A long time animal enthusiast, I credit both the National Museum of Natural History and the National Aquarium for encouraging my love of the natural world.

In undergrad, I studied biology and marine science, continuing a lifelong obsession with the ocean. I figured out that I did not want to spend my days in the lab and starting pursuing science communication. I homed in on museums after interning at the Science Museum of Virginia, writing scripts and gathering information for programming about climate change. As a young visitor, I learned the value of science museums in sparking curiosity and translating complex topics into engaging and digestible information. I now want to help create inclusive museum spaces for all museum-goers to learn about science, particularly natural history, climate change, and conservation.

Since the Science Museum of Virginia, I have worked as an environmental educator at Change is Simple, an environmental non-profit, as well as a visitor services assistant at the MIT Museum and a visitor educator at the New England Aquarium. Thanks to the Tufts program, I’m far less intimidated by art and history museums and I’m looking forward to exploring all kinds of museums through this blog!

 

Job Opportunity

We understand that the job hunt has become much more difficult in this uncertain time. However, we recently received a job announcement from the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, which is posted below. Best of luck!

The Mattatuck Museum seeks a full-time museum educator to oversee all school and family programs for the museum. The immediate focus for the new position will be to undertake digitization of the museum’s school tour program for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as well as developing curriculum-based content to share with partner schools for distance learning with their students. Ultimately, the educator will help to develop new art- and history-based tours for the museum in a newly renovated space opening in spring 2021. 

We would like the educator to begin work as soon as possible, so we will give priority to CT residents and candidates willing to relocate to CT in the next few weeks. Please send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to janice@mattmuseum.org. Interviews will begin immediately.

The Mattatuck Museum is an art and history museum located in Waterbury, CT. It is currently operating in a temporary location while undergoing construction at its main building. The Museum serves approximately 7,500 area students per year through curriculum-based school tours and has developed a wide range of partnerships with area schools.

Full job description at: https://www.mattmuseum.org/visit/about/job-opportunities/

Virtual Town Hall with NEMA

We hope that our readers are staying healthy and safe at home! With that in mind, there is a virtual town hall that NEMA has organized through Zoom for museum studies students and recent graduates on May 11 at 2pm

Presenting will be MaryKate Smolenski (at Tufts University), Lindsey Bauler (formerly at Tufts, now at George Washington University), and Sydney Sheehan (at Columbia University). 

Zoom link for the event: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqd-iupjMpH9SzYMlWXYhxFir1HEDYkFRQ

Link to all NEMA’s webinars: https://nemanet.org/conference-events/workshops/

Job Roundup

Northeast:

Membership Manager (Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY)

Summer Camp Staff (Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT)

Historic Preservation Fellowship (Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT)

South:

Associate Curator (The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR)

Early Childhood Educator (Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Kennesaw, GA)

Mid-Atlantic:

Associate Report Writer/Programmer, Fundraising (Smithsonian Institution, Office of Advancement, D.C.)

Advancement Assistant (National Portrait Gallery, D.C.)

Midwest:

Collections Management System Manager (Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN)

Administrator of Collections (Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI)

General Manger of Historic Sites (Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI)

Exhibits Registrar (Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, MO)

West:

Senior Registrar (Palm Springs Art Museum, CA)

Manager of K-12 and Family Engagement (Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA)

 

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