Museology Master of Arts Program

Alumni Spotlight


April 20, 2018

Exploring Creativity in Art and Science – Amy Oates (Alumni Spotlight)

Amy Oates entered into the Museology Graduate Program knowing that she had a passion for art.  But it was her experiences in graduate school that opened her up to the possibilities of where this passion might take her. “I thought that I always wanted to work in an art museum,” she said, “but I began…


February 1, 2018

Passion and Persistence in the Museum Field – Geoff Nunn (Alumni Spotlight)

Alumni Geoff Nunn (class of 2007) has been making an impact at the Museum of Flight, taking the lead on some of their recent exhibits about the history of space exploration. However, these accomplishments did not come easily, as Geoff struggled to make inroads into full-time museum work at the beginning of his career. But…


December 4, 2017

Beyond the Walls of a Museum – Shin Yu Pai (alumni spotlight)

Shin Yu Pai is an artist, poet, community builder, mother, professional, and so much more. She came to Seattle to study Sociocultural Anthropology with a background in various arts. While studying anthropology, she enrolled in museology classes because of her interest and experience working with museums and arts nonprofits, and quickly realized that her passions…


June 2, 2017

To Museums, and Beyond – Andrea Arenas (Alumni Spotlight)

Andrea Arenas didn’t realize just how much she would get out of the Museology program before starting graduate school. After graduating from the University of Florida with a double major in Geology and Anthropology, she interned at the Florida Museum of Natural History in registration and collections management. From here, it clicked. She loved being…


April 14, 2017

Renae Youngs – Evaluating Organizations’ Impact on Communities (Alumni Spotlight)

Renae decided to pursue a Museology degree at UW because she saw the value in its interdisciplinary nature. When she joined the program in 2009, she was drawn to the program’s interdisciplinary nature and its focus on how museums serve their communities. “It was very explicit in being focused on museums as institutions that play…


March 14, 2017

A Seat at the Table – Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Alumni Spotlight)

Miranda Belarde-Lewis has dedicated her career to telling the stories of Indigenous communities and helping Native artists communicate the layers of meaning in their work to the public. Her work designing exhibits, researching pieces, and working with artists has allowed her to strengthen the interpretative strategies of tribal museums, as well as build relationships between…


January 6, 2017

Making Heritage Valuable – Chieko Phillips (Alumni Spotlight)

“How do you take something as complicated and multifaceted as a history of a people, a history of African Americans, and try and condense that down into exhibit narratives or public programs?,” Chieko Phillips asks me, with a curiosity and intensity that tells me she’s just as excited about pursuing this question as she ever…