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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Laura Mann, Director, Frankly, Green + Webb
Stuart McKee, Associate Professor, Dept. of Art + Architecture
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
Museum Studies Graduate Association
Sherri Nevins, Executive Producer at Snibbe Interactive
Ramekon O’Arwisters, artist, Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home
Stephanie Pau, Content Producer, Mobile Interpretive Media, SFMOMA
Jack Persekian, Director, Palestinian Museum
Sasha Petrenko, Studio Director, University of San Francisco
Ryan Pinter, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Cecile Puretz, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
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.
For more information on USF’s Museum Studies program, click here.