It’s the first week of school!

As many of you know, I’m on the faculty in the Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History as well as Curator of the OSU Museum of Art. This week is the first week of school, and so I am interrupting my mini-series about art in unexpected places to remind you—students, faculty, community teachers, and the curious public—that the OSUMA is enthusiastic about working with you.

Already this semester, I know students in my History of Twentieth Century Art course and Professor Jennifer Borland’s Art History Survey II course will be using the permanent collection in their coursework. Our director, Vicky Berry, is working with faculty in the College of Human Sciences, building our textile collection and designing collaborative coursework. And I’m sure that, as has been happening for several years, our outreach to general education and frosh orientation courses—as well as Stillwater and area grade schools—will bring hundreds of students into the Gardiner Art Gallery to see our opening exhibition, CHINA: Lost/Found.

And we’re not just talking about homework! Have you considered doing research with the OSUMA? Graduate students from across the College of Arts and Sciences are working on research projects ranging from student docent training to digital humanities ventures. I’m developing several research projects myself, ranging from journal articles to exhibitions to book-length monographs.

Are you teaching a course that might relate to the permanent collection, or to museum studies? Are you interested in using our permanent collection for your own research? When the museum starts to open up to the public later this semester, the opportunities for collaboration will expand even further. If you have questions about how to use the collection for your teaching or research, don’t hesitate to contact us—and have a wonderful semester.

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About osucurator

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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