Career Close Ups:

Developing a Career in the Museum World

Friday, January 26, 2018, 2–4 pm, Spencer Museum of Art
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 24

Career Close Ups is designed for undergraduate and graduate students to learn how any major can lead to a career in a cultural organization. A panel of museum professionals will share their career paths, followed by a networking reception and behind-the-scenes tours of the inner workings of museums.

This year's panelists include Dr. Dina Bennett of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University, Glenn North of the Black Archives of Mid-America, and Adrianne Russell, founder of the Cabinet of Curiosities.


2:00–2:45 pm Panel Discussion: Museum professionals discuss their career paths and offer tips
2:45–3:15 pm Networking reception with light refreshments
3:15–4:00 pm Students meet with museum staff for behind-the-scenes tours of museum collections
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From the dropdown lists below, please choose your top 4 choices for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Spencer Museum of Art: Currently numbering more than 40,000 artworks, the Museum’s collections include medieval art, European and American paintings, sculpture and prints, photography, Japanese Edo-period paintings and prints, and 20th-century Chinese paintings.

Spencer Museum of Art Exhibition: Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU showcases Japanese prints, American paintings, Bohemian glass, ancient Coptic textile fragments, Chinese snuff bottles, glass door pulls, 19th-century trade and Valentine cards, and more.

KU Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum features exhibits including live animals and insects, explorer Lewis Lindsay Dyche’s 1893 panorama, fossils, and Kansas wildlife. On this tour, students will learn about the Natural History Museum’s collections, research, and staff.

KU Natural History Museum Archaeology Collection: This tour will begin with a brief history of the acquisition of archaeological collections at KU. Topics will include storage, curation, and research related to the collection. There will be a walkthrough of the facility to see how specific artifacts are curated, and visits to the Paleoethnobotany Lab, Lithics (Stone) Lab, and Zooarchaeology Lab. Students will see artifacts on the work tables where graduate and undergraduate students inventory and rehouse them.

If you have any questions regarding Career Close Ups or want more information about the Spencer Museum of Art, please contact Grace Clark, Multicultural Coordinator Intern, at