The Department of Art Education’s Arts Administration and Museum Education & Exhibitions (MEX) programs celebrate the recent accomplishments of Dr. Antonio Cuyer, Dr. Pat Villeneuve, and Dr. Ann Rowson Love.
Earlier this year, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (FDCA) awarded Dr. Cuyler the Diversity & Inclusion Award for the service learning program he created as part of his Arts Administration classes. Service-learning is a means of putting into practice socially responsible Arts Administration principles learned in class. Students participate by working with culturally-specific arts organizations that explicitly serve people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBT+ community through their missions. Since its inception, 27 students have participated and have served a collective total of 1,550 hours in eight culturally specific arts organizations.
In March 2017, Dr. Villeneuve and Dr. Rowson Love saw the publication of their book, Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums. Edited by Dr. Villeneuve and co-edited by Dr. Rowson Love, the book reflects the visitor-centered philosophy of the MEX program. A collaborative approach to exhibition planning and design, edu-curation combines museum education and exhibitions to create visitor friendly museum experiences.
The book features multiple examples of visitor-centered exhibition practices from different viewpoints and museums from the U. S. and abroad. Most of the chapters are authored by professionals currently working in the field as curators, directors, educators, evaluators, interpretive planners, and professors. In addition, two doctoral students from the MEX program, Jay Boda and Alicia Viera, co-authored a chapter each.
To learn more about collaborative exhibition approaches and museum visitor engagement, get your copy of the book today!