Museology Master of Arts Program


January 23, 2019

Power Tools and Powerful Words: A Student Perspective on Exhibition Development

All of the last minute, nervous energy fueled tweaks were completed. The signage was adjusted to perfection, the interactive elements were tested and found to be working seamlessly, and the glass of the display cases was as polished as it ever would be. It was opening night of “If You Have Any Regard for Me…

November 20, 2018

Welcoming new faculty: Meena Selvakumar

In addition to welcoming a new cohort at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, we were thrilled to welcome the newest addition to the program’s core faculty – Meena Selvakumar! Meena comes to Museology by way of the Pacific Science Center, where she spent four years as Acting Vice President for Strategic Programs. In…

June 11, 2018

Reflection on the Seminar in Exhibitions Course

–Valerie Roberts, Class of 2019 Exhibits are what first got me excited about working in museums. The animatronic dinosaurs, the dioramas depicting ancient worlds, and the rich history displayed through images and text I experienced as a child that first introduced me to my love of learning and museums. There is something about transforming a…

June 4, 2018

Museum Education Course Highlight

By Seth Margolis, Museology Affiliate Instructor Over the last 20 or so years, I’ve had the opportunity to wear many hats as part of the Museology Graduate Program. I have been a student, an instructor, a thesis advisor, a session panelist, a guest speaker, and (now) even a blogger. One role I have not had…

May 25, 2018

AAM Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition – 2018

–Catherine Wood, Class of 2018 This year I was fortunate to be the sixth student Project Manager for the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition. Through this unique partnership I’ve gained practical project management skills, networked with leading museum professionals, and increased my appreciation for exhibit label writing. I knew…

May 11, 2018

Calaveras & Conversations: Leading Spanish Tours at Bellevue Arts Museum

AUTHOR: Pamela Maldonado, Class of 2018 Last year, I attended the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) conference in St. Louis, Missouri and learned about a Spanish led family program for toddlers that takes place at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois. I was blown away by their program that seeks to bring in…

May 1, 2018

Curating Topophilia: Exploring Contemporary Art and Building Skills Through the Emerging Curator Initiative (ECI)

AUTHOR: Emily Bowden, Class of 2018. Curator of Topophilia After being accepted into the Museology program at the University of Washington, I began thinking about what my focus in the program could potentially be and what really gets me excited about working in museums. I knew that I wanted to focus on building my curatorial skills….

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…

March 27, 2018

Law and Ethics of Ownership in Who Owns Humanity? Course

What appeared to be a small class of about a dozen Anthropology and Museology students has far exceeded what I expected of any organizational development course. In what class might you study The Ghost of the Tsunami and Fake News in one sitting? And how do either of these things apply to our lives? In…

March 7, 2018

Preservation of Collections II (Course Highlight)

How do you keep outdoor metal statues from corroding in Seattle, known for its rain? What if the flooring in your exhibit or storage spaces is off-gassing and damaging your collections? Nicholas Dorman and Geneva Griswold, conservators from the Seattle Art Museum, teach Preservation of Collections II, a hands-on opportunity to build preventive care skill…

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