Museology Master of Arts Program

In addition to our core faculty and staff, we benefit from the wisdom of affiliate faculty. They bring a diverse perspective and allow our students to gain exposure to a wide variety of disciplines.

Jessica BellinghamJessica Bellingham
Assistant registrar, The Lumiere Group
jbelling@uw.edu

What inspires me
Increasing access to collections. Organized and standardized record-keeping systems. Deaccessioning projects that use a thoughtful and rigorous process to remove objects from collections.

Background
Undergraduate degree in art history & anthropology, MA in Museum Studies from University of Washington. Worked as Assistant Collections Manager at the Burke Museum for three years, now working as Assistant Registrar for an art collection consulting firm.

Specializations
Registration, collection management, especially deaccessioning

Publications
DEA Toolkit


Renee_BourqueRenee Bourque
Instructor, Bright Star Grant Consultants
bourque@uw.edu

What inspires me
Transcending what is expected and accepted

Background
As President of Bright Star Grant Consultants, Renee has consulted with 129 clients in 17 countries as an organizational strengthening and funding expert. She is a Lecturer in the Non-Profit Management Program of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. Renee co-wrote with Susan Howlett Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals, 5 & 6th Editions.

Specializations
Domestic and international non-profits

Publications
Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals, 6th Edition


Nicolette Bromberg
Visual Materials Curator, Special Collections, UW Libraries
nxb@uw.edu

What inspires me
Art, nature, travel

Background
Previously was the Photo-Archivist for the University of Kansas and the Visual Materials Curator for the Wisconsin Historical Society

Specializations
Caring for historical visual materials, photography, visual literacy

Publications
“Afterward,” Mary Randlett Portraits; “Starting from Nothing: The Art of Creating a Film Archive,” The Moving Image: Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists; Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club; Picturing the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: The Photographs of Frank H. Nowell; Washington State Film Preservation Manual: Low-Cost & No-Cost Suggestions To Care for Your Film;Then and Now: The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Rephotography Project; Wisconsin Revisited, The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Rephotography Project; “The Fastest Route to Denver,” The Ephemera Journal;“The Photographer and the Automobile,” Journal of the West; “Kansas Women in the Workplace,” Journal of the West; “Clarence Leroy Andrews and Alaska,” Alaska Journal


Adam Eisenberg, University of WashingtonAdam Eisenberg
Magistrate Judge, Seattle Municipal Court
eisena@uw.edu

What inspires me
Our museology students inspire me every day with their quirky curiosity, incredible smarts, and sense of adventure. I mean, really, they’re studying museums — that is a great adventure in itself! I also gain inspiration from our discussions about ethics and how we should care for the world’s cultural property. Since there is no one right answer, I am fascinated by our ongoing effort to find a correct one.

Background
Adam Eisenberg is a Magistrate Judge in Seattle Municipal Court, and the author of A Different Shade of Blue: How Women Changed the Face of Police Work. Before taking the bench, Judge Eisenberg was a criminal prosecutor, a civil trial attorney, an advocate on mental health and domestic violence issues, and a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist. His writings include behind-the-scenes coverage of “Ghostbusters I and II,” “Terminator,” “Gremlins,” “Return of the Jedi” and two “Indiana Jones” films; and he has interviewed such Hollywood notables as George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, Los Angeles Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Twilight Zone Magazine, American Cinematographer, Cinefantastique and Cinefex.

Specializations
Art and cultural property law; the law and ethics of collections; museums and the First Amendment

Publications
A Different Shade of Blue: How Women Changed the Face of Police Work


Taylor_FeltTaylor Felt
Design & Production Manager, Artech Fine Art Services
taylorf@uw.edu

What inspires me
Good art, great ideas, outdoor spaces, and spicy food

Background
I earned a BFA in Fine Art from California State University, Sacramento and a MA in Museology from the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program. I’ve served as Curator and Exhibit Designer for projects at numerous institutions including National Audubon Society, Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, and Renton History Museum. I head the design and production division at Artech, which provides archival exhibit display solutions for public and non-profit institutions, museums, and corporate and private collectors. My areas of interest include exhibit design and planning, mount-making, installation, and artifact display.

Specializations
Exhibit Design, Collections Management, Exhibit Case Design, & Mountmaking

 


Hollye_KeisterHollye Keister
Registrar, Burke Museum
hgunter@uw.edu

What inspires me
Curious people inspire me. I’m surrounded by interesting collections, but curious people inspire me to dig deeper and make connections, to think about unexplored ways to interact with collections and problem-solve.

Background
Hollye Keister is the senior Registrar at the Burke Museum, where she has worked since 2002. She also manages the Burke’s Wildlife Art Collection and Institutional Archives, and oversees the Burke’s traveling exhibits service and NAGPRA compliance activities. Hollye is an alumni of the UW Museology program and teaches MUS 540 Preservation and Collections Management. She currently serves on the Board of the Registrars Committee Western Region.

Specializations
Collections Management, Preservation, Registration, NAGPRA, Archives


Siri_LinzSiri Linz
Assistant Archaeology Collections Manager, Burke Museum
linzs@uw.edu

What inspires me
Helping to manage over 1 million objects allows me to make connections with local communities the Burke Museum serves and makes the daily organization of the collections we hold meaningful and important.

Background
I am the assistant archaeology collections manager at the Burke Museum. In this role, I collaborate with the archaeology collections manager to oversee the delivery, processing and care of archaeological collections that include more than 1 million objects from all over the world. As part of this position, I support hourly student staff, as well as graduate student and undergraduate student research. I hold a Master of Arts in Museology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Washington.

Specializations
Collections Management


Scott_MagelssenScott Magelssen
Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Drama
magelss@uw.edu

What inspires me
Smart, precise, rigorous choices, artistically and academically. The smell of woodsmoke and straw and morning air. Bright downtown lights.

Background
I got my MA and PhD in Theatre History and Theory at University of Minnesota, and taught at Augustana College in Illinois and Bowling Green State University in Ohio before joining the faculty at UW in 2013. I am the editor of Southern Illinois University Press’s Theater in the Americas book series and host the website theater-historiography.org with Henry Bial.

Specializations
Theatre History, Museum Theatre, Performance Studies

Publications
Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning (University of Michigan Press, 2014)
Living History Museums (Scarecrow, 2007)
Co-editor with Rhona Justice Malloy, Enacting History (University of Alabama Press, 2011)
Co-editor with Henry Bial, Theatre Historiography: Critical Interventions (University of Michigan Press, 2010).


Seth Margolis, University of Washington
Seth Margolis
Director, William A. Helsell Education Department, The Museum of Flight

What inspires me
Seeing the moment that the learner understands the topics and concepts being discussed–whether it is in a classroom, a gallery, or at an exhibit—and the learning process then becomes a shared and dynamic experience. Also, the challenge of always making learning an enjoyable experience for both the learner and the facilitator.

Background
I am the Director of the William A. Helsell Education Department at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. I studied history at the University of Alberta, received my Master of Arts in Museology at the University of Washington, and have worked at aviation and transportation museums in the United States and Canada. I teach museum education for the UW’s Graduate Program in Museology and serve on the advisory board for the Museum Studies Certificate Program, have spoken at a variety of museum conferences, and won the 2012 UW PCE Excellence in Teaching Award.

Specializations
Museum education, aerospace education, making paper airplanes, obscure Canadian trivia


Laura Phillips
Archaeology Collections Manager, Burke Museum

What inspires me
I love working with community, students, colleagues and the public to preserve cultural heritage and better understand the world.
Background
For more than two decades, I’ve been the Archaeology Collections Manager at the Burke Museum, caring for a collection of over one million objects, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in museum management and archaeological stewardship. I began my archaeological fieldwork in the Pacific Northwest in 1990, and have since worked throughout the region, as well as in Indonesia and the Banda Islands.

Specializations
Archaeology Collections Management, Pacific NW Archaeology

 


Tara McCauley, University of WashingtonTara McCauley
Director of Education, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

What inspires me
I’m consistently inspired by a really great story.

Background
I’m a Seattle-based museum educator who believes in the power of curiosity. Prior to joining the Burke, I worked for the Museum of History & Industry, the White River Valley Museum, the Harbor Gallery, and the Bellevue Arts Museum. I earned my BA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts and my MEd in Museum Education from the University of British Columbia.

Specializations
Museum Education, Public Programs, Community Engagement


Sarah Samson, University of WashingtonSarah Samson
Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Renton History Museum
siles@uw.edu

What inspires me
I am passionate about the very personal stories that can be found in local history. I love to use those stories as gateways to draw the public in and help people relate to the history of their area.

Background
I have a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and a background in archaeological field work. I earned my Master’s from UW’s Museology Program in 2005. I have worked for the Renton History Museum for the last ten years.

Specializations
Collections, Exhibit development & design

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