Museum to Fund Grad Fellowships for OSU’s new Masters Program in Art History!

Next fall, the art history program at Oklahoma State will begin its MA program in Art History. With a focus on cross-cultural connections and a unique mentoring structure that pairs graduate students with two advisors in different research areas, we believe the MA in Art History will offer students a unique, cutting-edge graduate experience that is in tune with the field today. We emphasize historical and theoretical groundwork that ensures our graduates will be prepared to teach, write, curate, and research at an advanced level. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2012.

Art history professor Jennifer Borland studying a sculpture of St. Margaret and the Dragon at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Photo by Benjamin Hagan.

We designed the graduate program with professionalization in mind. Many of our students intend to pursue a career in teaching; but an equal — and possibly even greater — number are interested in museum and gallery work. Recognizing this, and seeking to enhance the relationship between the OSU Museum of Art and the graduate program, we have created two research fellowships for incoming students. These fellowships will cover tuition costs and provide a 12-month stipend to recipients. The research component of the fellowship consists of a half-time appointment to the Museum staff, working with the collection and in the galleries.

Faculty member Teresa Holder and graduate student Emily Kern installing the 2011 exhibition entitled Full Circle.

We hope that students working on research fellowships with the OSUMA will develop projects related to their thesis: exhibitions, educational programs, or speaker series, for example. The OSU Art Collection is growing rapidly, and includes artwork that complements our faculty’s research areas well. From Chinese and Korean ceramics to contemporary Native American paintings, the collection offers a multitude of possibilities for research, teaching, and exhibition development.

Art history professor and art collection curator Louise Siddons leading a class at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA.

Whether working on projects of their own design, or helping staff with ongoing collection needs, we expect graduate students to become a vital component of the museum’s staff, and look forward to mentoring emerging colleagues!

Art history professor Shaoqian Zhang taking a break from research in China.

For more information about the MA in Art History, see the Art Department website.

Do you still have questions? Feel free to email me, either directly or through the contact page.

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Louise Siddons is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and founding curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She maintains this blog as a record of her students' work with the Museum's permanent collection as well as more generally with topics related to museum studies.
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