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The Museum Studies Graduate Student Association (MSGA) Elects New Officers

By Emily Lawhead, Class of 2017


New MSGA Officers – Class of 2017, from left to right: Sarin Cemcem, Emily Lawhead, Niki Schmidt and Lydia Webster

In November, the class of 2017 came together to elect the new MSGA officers for the coming year to represent the cohort in the University and the greater San Francisco museum community. Emily Lawhead, who comes to us from Northern Arizona, was elected President. In the fall she interned at the National Japanese American Historical Society digitizing collections. This spring semester Emily is excited to be interning in the curatorial department at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Sarin Cemcem is the new Vice President. She comes from Orange County, after working in museum education for the past five years at the Orange County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum. Sarin is thrilled to be interning this spring at Kadist, a cutting-edge non-profit arts organization based in San Francisco and Paris that offers a new paradigm for “a panoramic view of contemporary art, urgent global issues, and progressive social values.”

Lydia Webster, the new Secretary, traveled far to be a part of the cohort, moving all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. Last semester she served as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at USF, and this term she has begun interning at the Doug Adams Gallery at the Center for Arts & Religion, Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley. Finally, Niki Schmidt, our new Treasurer, moved from Austin, Texas and brings experience from her former position at the LBJ Presidential Library. She is excited to be pursuing a registration internship this semester for the Parker Group, a privately held technology, media, social impact, and investment platform.All four of our new officers are very proud of their work in the fall Curatorial Practicum class exhibition project, Depravaties of War: Sandow Birk and the Art of Social Critique (which closed on February 19) at USF’s Thacher Gallery, and learned a great deal about team work from that experience.

Our group is very excited to work alongside such intelligent and inspiring Museum Studies professors and classmates! The next year will provide us with the opportunity to deliver programs that are engaging, thought provoking, and valuable to our future careers. The MSGA is committed to the University’s overarching focus on social justice, and hopes to encourage the activist roles that museums can take in the world.

We would like to thank the 2016 MSGA officersMorgan Schlesinger, Lauren Garnese, Alli Pohl, and Ben Glazier – for their hard work preparing the Nina Simon lecture last fall and giving us the tools and motivation to continue their work. Special thanks goes to Karen Fraser, who will be the MSGA faculty sponsor for 2017.

Stay tuned for the next year of events!

For more information on University of San Francisco’s Museum Studies program, click here.

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