"A vital resource for anyone working in or concerned about Academic museums. It will become the standard text for generations to come."
James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust
Academic museums share a unique mandate: they are partners in education. As such, they have evolved in tandem - and not always easily - with their parent organizations. They can often pursue their missions in innovative ways, address controversial topics, produce unorthodox exhibitions, and have the freedom to experiment. But they operate within a challenging administrative structure - a two-tier environment in which operations, planning, governance, administration, financial support, and fundraising can all become more complex. And in recent years, some colleges and universities have questioned the very need to maintain a museum, while others have attempted to monetize art collections to raise capital.
A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education is the second of two companion volumes which, quite simply, aim to aggregate in one convenient place good current thinking on the opportunities and issues unique to academic museums. The result is a collection of best practices, innovations, and sound approaches that offer guidance and inspiration for the entire community, large and small, well-endowed and modestly-resourced alike. This book is - above all - a practical resource.
While the first volume addresses key issues related to exhibitions and education, this second 664-page volume (available separately) addresses most everything else, including the strategic issues of mission, relationship to the parent organization, phases of birth and growth of academic museums, new technologies, and the collection as an "asset" of the parent organization.
Praise for A Handbook for Academic Museums
"A Handbook for Academic Museums is a vital resource for anyone working in or concerned about such museums. It will become the standard text for generations to come."
James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust
Academic museums are a means through which the academy can engage with the community, both local and national, to allow society to gain access to knowledge - A Handbook for Academic Museums demonstrates how this is made possible."
Kate Pretty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.
"These volumes contain responses to the new realities for college and university museums from some of the leading thinkers in the field on a variety of issues… Some of these thoughts are bound to be controversial. So much the better.”
William U. Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art
"The many fine essays contained in this useful Handbook broadly represent the rich range of activity and thought presently underway throughout the world of higher education and will delight all readers."
Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery
“The essays in this volume provide insight into a range of complex issues facing college and university museums. This Handbook is essential reading for all who work with and benefit from these unique institutions.”
Kimerly Rorschach, Director, Seattle Art Museum; President, Association of Art Museum Directors; and previouslyMary D. B. T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
"This publication is an extraordinary resource for anyone interested in museums, teaching, and curating."
Michael R. Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art
1. REIMAGINING THE ACADEMIC MUSEUM
The College Art Museum As The Crossroads
John R. Stomberg, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Transforming the Manchester Museum
Nicholas Merriman, The Manchester Museum
Public Engagement, Research and Teaching: The Shared Aims of the University of Aberdeen and its Museums
Neil G. Curtis, University of Aberdeen
Getting Everyone to Think with Things: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University
Steven Lubar & Emily Stokes Rees, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University
The Mellon Foundation: Transforming College and University Art Museums in the U.S.
Stefanie S. Jandl, Independent Museum Professional
Conditions of Success: The Exemplary Campus Art Museum and its Parent Organization
Corrine Glesne, Independent Museum Professional
2. THE OPERATIONAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ACADEMIC MUSEUM AND ITS PARENT ORGANIZATION
Modeling Governance Structures for University Museums and Collections
Andrew Simpson, Macquarie University, Australia
Something for Everyone? The Great North Museum at Newcastle University
Eric Cross, Newcastle University, Rhiannon Mason, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies and Steve McLean, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums
Constituencies of an Academic Art Museum
Brian T. Allen, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy
A New Governance Model
Jill Hartz, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon
Straight Talk on Building a Positive Relationship with University Administration
Lyndel King, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota
3. START-UP, GROWTH AND CHANGE
Small, New and Regional: Meeting the Challenges of a Young University Art Museum
Lisa Chandler, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
From Residence to Relevance: Making an Academic Museum at Harford Community College
Ann S. Persson, Hays-Heighe House, Harford Community College
Ukrainian University Museums - The Search for New Paths
Liliya Kazantzeva, Astronomical Museum, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine
Expanding the Museum: A Study of the University of Virginia Art Museum
Taylor Horak, Virginia Commonwealth University
Brand in the Shadow
Margot Wallace, Columbia College Chicago
4. EMBRACING NEW MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE ACADEMIC MUSEUM
A Space for Innovation and Experimentation: University Museums as Test Beds for New Digital Technologies
Tonya Nelson, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London and Sally MacDonald, University College London
Creating a Virtual Museum of Antiquities: An Interactive Teaching Tool
Michael Schmitz, University of New England, Australia
Social Media as a Tool for Cultivating Relationships with Staff and Students at a University Museum
Pippa Gardner, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia
5. THE ACADEMIC MUSEUM BEYOND CAMPUS
Integrating Community-Based Learning and Stimulating Connectedness while Commemorating the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary
Stephen Whittington, Abbey Keener and Roman Safiullin, Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
6. MONETIZATION OF THE COLLECTION TO SUPPORT THE PARENT ORGANIZATION
Trustees of Parent Organizations: Just Doing Their Job
Mark S. Gold, Parese Sabin Smith & Gold, LLP
Randolph College: A Study in Governance and Decision-making
John E. Klein and Peter Dean, Randolph College
When the Unthinkable Happens: Fault Lines and Horizon Lines at the Rose Art Museum
Nancy J. Scott, Brandeis University
Issues Regarding Donor Intent in the Fisk-O'Keeffe Litigation
Donn Zaretsky, John Silberman Associates, PC
About the editors
Stefanie S Jandl is an independent museum professional with expertise in strengthening the teaching role of academic museums within their campus communities. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator for Academic Programs at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA, where she helped strengthen the museum’s Mellon Foundation-funded academic outreach program. Jandl has organized numerous exhibitions, including the Labeltalk series, and has published on Man Ray. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Art History from Williams College.
Mark S Gold is a partner in the law firm of Parese, Sabin, Smith & Gold, LLP, in Williamstown, MA. His diverse practice includes non-profit and museum law and he has done considerable research into the ethical rules on using the proceeds of deaccessioning. Gold is a Board Member of the New England Museum Association and holds a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from The American University, a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Title: A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education
Editors: Stefanie S Jandl and Mark S Gold
ISBN: 978-1-907697-55-5 [paperback] | 978-1-907697-56-2 [hardback]
Price: £64.95 [paperback] | £94.95 [hardback]
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