Museum Education Graduate Scholars Program

Museum Education Graduate Scholars Program

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

August 21, 2017
Museum Education Graduate Scholars Program
August 28, 2017–May 13, 2018
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
36 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
United States
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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) announced the launch of its Museum Education Graduate Scholars Program, a joint venture between the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Learning and Public Engagement and the School’s Graduate Division.

Organized around an intensive seminar and practicum spanning two semesters, the partnership is designed to provide practical experience and theoretical grounding in museum education for students enrolled in any graduate program at the School. The program builds upon the unique collaboration of a premier art and design school that grants a range of studio, design, scholarly, and professional graduate degrees and its world-class encyclopedic museum. The collaboration amplifies the role the School and Museum play in championing the power of art in education and in people’s lives, promoting equitable engagement with art among the broadest audiences and strengthening the fabric of communities and the life of Chicago.

Because the program is intended for SAIC students from across the entire range of graduate programs, the seminar and the practicum are designed to train artists, designers, writers, and architects, as well as art historians and administrators to engage visitors with museum objects from the perspective of their respective field of practice.

There are three main focus areas of the program:

Graduate seminar: Taught by a designated member of the Learning and Public Engagement faculty, students will discuss the Museum’s history, theory, and practice; its evolution in the United States and beyond; and the artistic participation and critique of such practices. There will also be opportunities for engagement with guest speakers and staff from across the Art Institute of Chicago.

Museum placement practicum: Staff from Learning and Public Engagement will instruct a full-day practicum that focuses on gallery and studio-based teaching, connecting visitors of all ages and backgrounds with works of art in the museum. Students will observe programs, gain teaching skills by observing staff model strategies, and develop awareness and experience in inclusive and accessible teaching methods.

Independent applied research project: Research conducted to support teaching will culminate in the selection of priority research topics concerning historical and theoretical research, audience research and evaluation, or more pragmatic studies, such as surveying types of activities at other institutions.

The program begins this fall and will be led by Arnold J. Kemp, SAIC’s Dean of Graduate Studies, and Jacqueline Terrassa, Woman’s Board Endowed Chair of Learning and Public Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top three graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons, and LeRoy Neiman. For more information, please visit

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