The Syracuse University Art Museum continues its close relationship with the Department of Art and Music Histories by providing a number of educational opportunities using objects from the permanent collection. Each academic year, if the museum schedule allows, professors have the opportunity to design an upper level seminar surrounding a group of objects, working directly with Museum curators. Students conduct primary research on the artist and examine the piece as would a museum professional. The culmination of this project is an annotated exhibition label and text, as well as a larger display in The Study Gallery. Other faculty work closely with Galleries staff to develop special displays in the Study Gallery of Study Cabinets that illustrate their course curricula. These exhibitions cover topics from general art survey classes to upper level courses examining Surrealism, Modern British Art and Asian Ceramics.
As a result of this relationship, enrolled students have the unique opportunity to examine original works of art rather than only seeing reproductions on a screen or in a book. Prehistoric, Greek, and Roman sculpture and pottery, and paintings or prints by important western artists such as Cranach, Durer, Rembrandt, Goya, Delacroix, Whistler, Picasso, and Rauschenberg help students better see and understand media, scale, and other issues not easily comprehended by looking at images in textbooks. Displaying non-western objects such as Indian folk art, Japanese pottery and prints, Chinese artifacts and pre-Columbian pottery and fabrics brings students into direct contact with the rich traditions and history of art making around the world.
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The Graduate Program in Museum Studies at Syracuse University prepares individuals to enter the museum profession through a course of study leading to the Master of Arts degree. The curriculum is grounded in research, scholarship, design, and actual practice. At the center of the program is the belief that the museum professional serves as the liaison between the viewing public and the museum object.
The Syracuse University Art Museum and Syracuse University Art Collection have a long and proud relationship with the Graduate Program in Museum Studies. For years students in the program have interned, volunteered, or worked as graduate assistants performing important functions for our organization.
They assist with the development, installation, and programming that accompany all of the exhibitions we present, as well as contributing to behind the scenes activities that are a daily routine at our galleries. Website construction and maintenance, collection information organization and retrieval systems, inventories, and photo documentation are just a few of the undertakings that these students are engaged in during their study at Syracuse.
Periodically, a Museum Studies class will develop an exhibition as partial fulfillment of their graduate degree work. Exhibitions such as Engineered Perspectives: Railroad Culture in the Modern World or Nouveau Risqué: A Perspective on Women and Progress showcase the talents of these students as future museum professionals.
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