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A Spirited Spring Semester

Sabrina tries out the Google Glass tour at the de Young Museum as part of Mandy Smith's Museums & Technology practicum

Sabrina tries out the Google Glass tour at the de Young Museum as part of Mandy Smith’s Museums & Technology practicum

Spring Semester 2015 may be over, but the glow remains.  As USF’s museum studies graduate students settle into their summer internships, we salute our accomplishments of the semester.

Thacher Gallery opened two exhibitions — Reformations:  Durer & the New Age of Print and Hiraeth:  Searching for Place, while students in Stuart McKee’s newly-created exhibition design practicum busily planned for the upcoming exhibition of Native American basketry that will open this Fall.

The Museum Studies Graduate Association hosted noted curator and museum director Jack Persekian who came from Berzeit, Palestine to share with us the vision for the Palestine Museum, in formation and set to open in November 2015.

Students participated in workshops and site visits at Alcatraz Island, Mission Dolores, the Exploratorium and the deYoung Museum.

Lauren and Erin in the Ai Wei Wei exhibition on Alcatraz Island

Lauren and Erin in the Ai Wei Wei exhibition on Alcatraz Island

Curator Andy Galvan at Mission Dolores

Curator Andy Galvan at Mission Dolores

Kathleen and Jenna learn visitor interview techniques with Josh Gutwill on the floor of the Exploratorium.

Kathleen and Jenna learn visitor interview techniques with Josh Gutwill on the floor of the Exploratorium.

And we offered a full array of courses, practica, programs and workshops, focusing on social justice, design, financial management, visitor studies, technology and more.  Of course, we couldn’t have achieved these accomplishments without a lot of help.

Jack Persekian, director of the Palestine Museum (4th from right) came to USF from Jerusalem to meet with students and talk about his work in Berzeit.

Jack Persekian, director of the Palestine Museum (4th from right) came to USF from Jerusalem to meet with students and talk about his work in Berzeit.

We offer our abiding gratitude to the following individuals and organizations who graciously lent us their expertise and time:

Salvador Acevado, Principal, Contemporanea,

Neda Asgharzadeh, Assistant Director, Group & Tourism Sales, and Joe Roybal, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Exploring the Keith Haring exhibition at the deYoung Museum using new technologies as part of Mandy Smith's Museums & Technology practicum

Exploring the Keith Haring exhibition at the deYoung Museum using new technologies as part of Mandy Smith’s Museums & Technology practicum

Sarah Bailey Hogarty, Digital Producer, SFMOMA\

Alexa Beaman, Project Coordinator, Museum Management Consultants

Emilie Bromet-Bauer, Director of Volunteer Management, California Academy of Sciences, and Grace Pegan Weltner, formerly of the UC Botanical Gardens who shared their experiences and advise for managing and motivating volunteers.

Stephanie Brown, PhD, University of San Francisco

Nancy Cato, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

Sean Dolinsky, Senior User Experience Designer at Vertigo Software

Group selfie

Google Glass selfie

Debbie Eaton, Director of Talent Acquisition, Safeway who talked about how to inspire staff across the generations and how the corporate sector looks at hiring and motivating talent in Marjorie Schwarzer’s Cultural and Financial Management Course.

Rodney Ewing, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

Paul Fitzgerald, SJ, President, University of San Francisco

Noted philanthropist Marcy Friedman, Father Paul Fitzgerald and Asian Art Museum director Jay Xu discussed the role of leadership in Marjorie Schwarzer's Cultural & Financial Management course.

Noted philanthropist Marcy Friedman, Father Paul Fitzgerald and Asian Art Museum director Jay Xu discussed the role of leadership in Marjorie Schwarzer’s Cultural & Financial Management course.

Kristina Foss, Professor of Native American Studies, Santa Barbara City College

Alex Freeman, Director of Special Projects at The New Media Consortium

Marcy Friedman, Board of Directors, Crocker Art Museum

Andy Galvan, Mission Dolores

Visiting Mission Dolores to learn more about the legacy of colonialism on the California Indian population

Visiting Mission Dolores to learn from curator Andy Galvan about the legacy of colonialism on the California Indian population as part of Elizabeth Pena’s Museums and Social Justice course.

Stephanie Garcés, SFJAZZ

Joyce Gardella, former Director of Marketing, Exploratorium & principal, Joyce Gardella and Associates.

JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey, Art Collector, New York

Joyce Grimm, Creative Programs Consultant, Manresa Gallery

Joshua Gutwill, PhD, Exploratorium

Josh Gutwill at the Exploratorium.

Josh Gutwill at the Exploratorium.

Rare books from the Donohue Rare Book collection at USF, overseen by librarian John Hawk were featured in the Reformations exhibition.

Rare books from the Donohue Rare Book collection at USF, overseen by librarian John Hawk were featured in the Reformations exhibition.

Mark Harris, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

John Hawk, Head Librarian, Special Collections and University Archives, University of San Francisco

Kate Hedrick, Lost Art Salon

Kevin B. Jones, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

Hannah Kaiksow, Asian Art Museum

Catherine Lusheck, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of San Francisco

Proud student curators at the January 2015 opening of Reformations in Thacher Gallery.

Professor Kate Lusheck with student curators at the January 2015 opening of Reformations in Thacher Gallery.

Laura Mann, Director, Frankly, Green + Webb

Stuart McKee, Associate Professor, Dept. of Art + Architecture

Stuart McKee gave a workshop on Renaissance typography in the Reformations exhibition

Stuart McKee gave a workshop on Renaissance typography in the Reformations exhibition

Raymond McKenzie, Assistant Manager – Retail Operations, Asian Art Museum

Kelly McKinley, Director, OMCA Lab, Oakland Museum of California

Rhiannon MacFadyen, Founding Director, A Simple Collective

Dana Mitroff, Founder and Director, Designing Insights

Ron Moultrie Saunders, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

Christine Murray, Content Designer, Antenna International

MSGA officers Victor, Lydia, Rheilly and Hillary

MSGA officers Victor, Lydia, Rheilly and Hillary

Museum Studies Graduate Association

Sherri Nevins, Executive Producer at Snibbe Interactive

Wendy Norris

Ramekon O’Arwisters, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

Stephanie Pau, Content Producer, Mobile Interpretive Media, SFMOMA

Elizabeth Pena

Lydia presided over the Q & A for Jack Persekian's presentation.

Lydia presided over the Q & A for Jack Persekian’s presentation.

Lydia Marouf presents Palestinian Museum director Jack Persekian a token of our appreciation for his wonderful lecture.

Lydia Marouf presents Palestinian Museum director Jack Persekian with a token of our appreciation for his wonderful lecture.

Jack Persekian, Director, Palestinian Museum

sasha

Sasha Petrenko works with students in Stuart McKee’s exhibition design practicum.

Sasha Petrenko, Studio Director, University of San Francisco

Ryan Pinter, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Cecile Puretz, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Cecile Puretz led a workshop on access for USF graduate students at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Cecile Puretz led a workshop on access for USF graduate students at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for Elizabeth Pena’s Museums and Social Justice course.

William Rhodes, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

Michael Ross, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

Tim Roseborough, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home

Glori Simmons, Director, Thacher Gallery

Elizabeth Tenenbaum, Director, Syzygy

Jay Xu, PhD, Director, Asian Art Museum

US National Park Service which generously hosted Elizabeth Pena’s  visit to Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition on incarceration at Alcatraz Island.

Visiting the Ai Wei Wei exhibition on incarceration at Alcatraz Island in Elizabeth Pena's Museums and Social Justice course

Visiting the Ai Wei Wei exhibition on incarceration at Alcatraz Island in Elizabeth Pena’s Museums and Social Justice course

For more information on USF’s Museum Studies program, click here.

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