Western Illinois University Museum Studies Blog

August 25, 2010

Fall 2010

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Welcome to all the new Museum Studies students and welcome back all returning students!  I hope you had a great summer and have shown up refreshed and ready to have a productive semester.  Please let us know what you did on your summer vacation.  Did you travel?  Work?  See family?  Did you go to any museums and if so, where?  Please leave a comment letting your classmates know what you have been doing since May.  Let’s ALL get together soon, outside of school and GEMS to catch up!  Good luck this semester!


September 10, 2009

Most memorable museum visit

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Tell us about your most memorable museum visit

September 8, 2009

New York Summer school

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Peggy West went to New York for a summer course to view museums… Please tell us more about it Peggy.

September 3, 2009

Meet & Greet- Lets get together!

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September 11th at 7:00 pm

River House Bar & Grill– Meet on the outside deck!

Bring your friends, bring your family. Lets get to know each other. Meet others that are in the program, but currently are not taking classes at the Figge this semester.

1510 River Drive

Moline, ILL


Hope to see you there!

September 1, 2009

Fall semester 2009

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Welcome everyone to our Museum Studies program, hope you are settling in. If you know of any good workshops coming up, please post them. I’m always on the lookout for some and will let you know when I find some.

GEMS first meeting is Sept 10 at 5:30 in one of the art studios at the Figge Art Museum- hope to see you there. Getting our organization up and running so that we can plan more events.

April 27, 2009

The Results Are In!

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We are pleased to announce our new Museum Studies Student Organization officers.

President:  Josh Terronez

Vice President:  Melanie S.

Secretary:  Anya Bishop

Treasure:  Christine Deemer

April 22, 2009

It’s almost May…and you know what that means!

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Finals, final projects, presentations.  We’ve got plenty to do in the final few weeks of the conclusion of our first full year of Museum Studies at Western Illinois University!  Fortunately, many of us were able to get to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport last Sunday to see the opening of the University of Iowa Museum of Art gallery.  Thanks to all who came and enjoyed the exhibition!  What a great turn out!

Melanie Stimmel and Josh Terronez were present, representing the Museum Studies program.  We had several inquiries from visitors interested in the program.  If you have any further questions or weren’t able to talk with Melanie or Josh you can email Josh at jj-terronez@wiu.edu.  Additionally, I’d like to thank our students who attended the event.  It’s always great to see you participating and supporting the community.  It speaks highly of our program!

In Museum Studies news, we have begun to establish our Museum Studies Student Organization.  Our goal for this organization is to promote museum education and museums in general.  Additionally, we will strive to contribute to our Quad City museum and education community in a positive role.  Anyone who is interested in working with our organization and students, we strongly encourage you to contact us with any ideas.  We’d love to help and are open to any fund-raising ideas, events, or suggestions for the success of our organization.  We see this as a great learning opportunity for our students as well as for the community.

Finally, good luck students with the rest of the semester!  You’re almost done!!

April 8, 2009

No…not another Spring Break…

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Sorry no post last week.  We were not still on Spring Break.  Quite the contrary actually.  I guess everyone was so busy last week lining up the rest of the semester we forgot to let you all know what we’re up to.  So here it is!

First off I want to remind everyone again about the opening of the University of Iowa Museum of Art collection at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.  There will be a community opening on Sunday April 19h from 12 – 5pm with exhibition tours and free cookies and refreshments.  I’ve posted links, stories, and other info about the art and the collaboration with the Figge, but you’ll have to go to our Facebook page for those!  WIU Museum Studies.  There are many other fun facts, photos, and stories there too!

So, as for our students, we’ve been busy discussing ethical/legal case study issues of the museum world.  We’ll be sharing our findings later this week and I’ll let you know what everyone’s been talking about.  In the meantime, anyone have any interesting issues we may not be looking out ourselves?  This month’s issue of the Smithsonian magazine feature a cover story on such an issue dealing with who owns dinosaur fossils.  You can check it out at smithsonian.com.  This is an example of one type of issue we are studying, however there are thousands more.  Got one?

Finally, as I mentioned in previous posts, our students will be contributing to several exhibitions in various museums around the area.  I will have more detail as progress continues, but for now I can tell you to be on the look out for WIU Museum Studies presence in museums including The Figge Art Museum, The Putnam Museum, and the Rock Island Arsenal Museum to name a few.

We’ll keep you updated.

March 24, 2009

Welcome Back!

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Well, Spring Break is over for WIU Museum Studies and now it’s back to work.  The second half of the semester should be very exciting with all of the various projects our students will be undertaking, including some new exhibitions at local museums.  We’ll keep updating the progress, so check here often.

Over break several of our students were able to take advantage of the time off and headed up to the Field Museum in Chicago to take in the current Aztec exhibition.  This was quite a fascinating exhibition, and if you have the time we recommend you go see it!  Be prepared to spend the whole day at the Field Museum though, because it is filled wall to wall with fascinating treasures that are hard to pass up!  (They’ve got a nice cafe for you to take a mid-day break.) 

In other happenings over our break, The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA (our member museum), received some of the first works that will be on display from the University of Iowa Art Museum in Iowa City.  Among the 22 works currently on display are pieces by Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall.  This is such an exciting collaboration for all involved, and if your in the area go see some of these amazing works!  For more info read the following story: http://qconline.com/archives/qco/display.php?id=430683&query=art  

Finally, just some housekeeping work regarding the Facebook page.  Evidently there are two Facebook pages for our program.  The page that you want to access is “WIU – Museum Studies”.  This is the page that is consistently maintained.  We apologize for any confusion and will try and get this corrected as soon as possible.  If you have an questions, please contact Graduate Assistant Josh Terronez (jj-terronez@wiu.edu), and he will gladly answer an inquiries.

See you next week!


March 13, 2009

We’ve Been Busy!

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Wow, WIUMuseum Studies has been busy this month!  So, if you were looking for the usual post earlier this week I apologize as I was putting together information from various trips and events that many of our students have been attending the past couple of weeks.  But, now we are all back and photos and stories have been gathered, and now it is time to pass them along to you!

First order of business is that we have a lot of people to thank for sharing their museums, collections, and knowledge with us over the past two weeks.  These generous folks include: 

Staff members at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum; 

Staff from the ContemporaryArt Museum, the Pulitzer Foundation, the Sheldon Galleries, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University which all we visited on our trip to St. Louis;

Dr. Keith Holz, professor of art history, Charles Wright, art department chair, and our dean Paul Kreider for arranging and supporting the wonderful St. Louis opportunity;  

Gretchen Small, Program Director for the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House;

and Christina Kastell, Curator of History and Anthropology at the Putnam Museum.

Sorry if we forgot anyone, and again Thank you so very much.  We cannot define the value of such experiences well enough, and we are certainly lucky to have them as part of our program!

Feedback from the St. Louis trip was very positive, and I think that everyone who participated had a pleasant experience visiting some new museums and taking advantage of the opportunity to speak with several curators and attending various lectures.  We’re hoping to do the same sort of trip to perhaps Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, or wherever else.  Any suggestions or something we should see?  Look for photos and other stories about the trip on our Facebook page – WIU Museum Studies.

Secondly, we have now reached our Spring Break!!  Hopefully everyone enjoys the much deserved break because when we get back, it’s right back to business!  For the rest of the semester we will be working with various local institutions on several exhibits and projects, so be on the lookout for updates about these exciting projects.

Finally, one last piece of news.  We have been anticipating the move of the University of Iowa Art Museum (UIMA) collection to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.  We are now happy to pass along that the opening date will be April 19th!  Look for more information in the weeks to come leading up to the opening.

Whew!  I hope that you were able to keep track of all that information!  Remember, check us out on Facebook and at our website as new posting and information will be popping up rapidly for the remainder of the semester.  And once again, Thank you to all the folks mentioned above and to those we failed to mention.  We greatly appreciate your service and the opportunities that you have provided us.  See you after Spring Break!!

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