Museology Master of Arts Program

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


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


Image of Adam Eisenberg standing at a podium in front of a wall of books.Adam Eisenberg
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 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


Portrait image of Taylor Felt walking on a dirt road.Taylor Felt
Project Manager – Exhibits, CREO Industrial Arts
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. My areas of interest include exhibit design and planning, mount-making, installation, and artifact display.

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

 


Geneva Griswold
Associate Objects Conservator, Seattle Art Museum
ggris542@uw.edu

What inspires me
Nature, collaborating with others, artists at work

Background
Geneva (she/her) is the Associate Objects Conservator at the Seattle Art Museum where she focuses on the preservation of SAM’s pre-modern collections, which includes preventive care, research, and treatment of objects in preparation for display. Prior to SAM, she was Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and held project positions at the Walters Art Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute. Geneva is a Professional Associate of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and former chair of the AIC Sustainability Committee. She holds a BA from Scripps College and MA degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art and the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials.

Specializations
Preservation of cultural material, preventive conservation, sustainability

Projects/Publications 

Advisor, Embedding Sustainability into Graduate Conservation Education, NEH Tier I project proposal, 2020

Peer reviewer, Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change papers, 2020

A Case of the Weeping Buddha. February 2020, Tru Vue Inc. https://tru-vue.com/2020/02/a-case-of-the-weeping-buddha/

Dangerous Detergents? Health and Safety Answers for Surfactant Questions. May 2017, AIC News, Vol. 42, No. 3: 16-19.

Tips for Sustainable Conservation Practices for Emerging Conservation Professionals. February 2018, AIC Wiki.

Cost Effective and Sustainable Packing, Moving, and Storage webinar. December 2015, AIC Sustainability Committee.

An Introduction to How the Manufacturing and Disposal of Adhesives and Paints Affects our Environment. May 2015, AIC News, Vol. 40, No. 3.

Review of Shipping Containers as Storage Options and Suggested Low-cost Solutions for Their Improvement, poster. May 2014, ICOM-CC conference, Melbourne, Australia.


Tasia Johnson
Associate Director of Interpretation
Seattle Art Museum
tasiae@uw.edu

What inspires me:
I am inspired by the changing behaviors and norms of the everyday world, and how museums might embrace them in engaging visitors.

Background
Tasia Johnson is Associate Director of Interpretation at the Seattle Art Museum, where she supports the museum’s mission of connecting art to life by developing educational and interpretive experiences related to the museum’s exhibitions. Tasia is committed to broadening cultural representation by giving voice to communities to tell their own stories, and is a founding member of both the SAM Equity and Access staff-leadership teams. Prior to her work at SAM, Tasia has held positions at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Tasia is an alumna of the UW Museology Program, has a B.A. in Art History and Journalism from Santa Clara University, and is a Getty Leadership Institute NextGen 2018 Fellow.

Specializations
Art museum education and interpretation, interpretive technology, community engagement, accessibility

Publications
Endo, Tasia (2016) “Teens Use Tech to Talk Art: Amplifying Teen Voice and Art Interpretation,” VRA Bulletin: Vol. 43 : Iss. 2 , Article 3. Available at: http://online.vraweb.org/vrab/vol43/iss2/3


Headshot of Hollye Keister.Hollye 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


Headshot image of Siri Linz.Siri 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


Image of Seth Margolis wearing protective goggles.
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


Jessica Rubenacker
Exhibit Director, Wing Luke Museum

What inspires me
Personal stories inspire me, whether they are shared through oral histories, conversations or art. These personal stories and histories help bring objects and artifacts to life and help us relate to each other and understand each other as human beings.

Background
Jessica Rubenacker is currently the Exhibit Director at the Wing Luke Museum where she manages the exhibits department and provides leadership and oversight of the community-based exhibit development process. She has worked for the Wing Luke Museum for almost 7 years total and also has arts administration experience managing the City of Redmond’s Arts Program. Jessica graduated from the UW Museology graduate program in 2009 and received her BFA in both art history and painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Specializations
Exhibit development & design, oral history, collections


Image of Sarah Samson standing in a collections storage room holding an object.Sarah Samson
Curator, 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