Career Close Ups:

Developing a Career in the Museum World

Friday, February 22nd, 2019, 2–4 pm, Spencer Museum of Art
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 15th

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 Jancita Warrington of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum at Haskell Indian Nations University, Jade Powers of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Karen Griffin, of the American Jazz Museum.

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, or the 5th option to opt out.

Spencer Museum of Art: Currently numbering more than 45,000 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. This tour will focus on many of the collection’s three-dimensional artworks and paintings.

Spencer Museum of Art Exhibition Design and Installation: The Power of Place: Ku Alumni Artist showcases 29 artist, all of which received degrees from KU. The artist addresses the power of place through many avenues, some being; historical places, place as an abstract idea, and the power of place within the KU campus and community. This tour focuses on the design and installation of the exhibition.

Spencer Museum of Art Global Indigenous Arts Collection: This tour will highlight the museum’s Global Indigenous Arts Collection, numbering over 10,000 objects from all over the world. This tour will focus on the museum’s extensive collections of Native American and African works, and their unique collection management needs.

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 Tyler Allen, Multicultural Coordinator Intern, at