Conference: Teaching & Learning with Museum Exhibitions—Innovations across the Disciplines

Join us Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 for a conference on exhibition-based pedagogy sponsored by The Teagle Foundation. It is the culmination of a three-year collaboration by faculty members and museum staff at Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, and the University at Albany, State University of New York. Open to the public, it will feature various opportunities to discuss the educational potential of museum objects for teaching and learning in all disciplines, and to explore the vital role of museums at both liberal arts colleges and research universities.

Attendance is free but registration is required. The conference is limited to the first 150 registrants. Registration closes on Friday, June 7, 2019.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available for a special rate at the Holiday Inn on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. A reservation link and information will be provided to you upon registration.

Friday, June 21

3:30–5:00pm Opening Showcase and Reception
Multiple spaces at the Tang Teaching Museum will feature examples of exhibition-based teaching and learning across the disciplines; refreshments available

5:00–6:30pm Panel: Reflections on the Teagle Project
An overview of the achievements and challenges that have shaped the inter-institutional collaboration, followed by discussion with audience. Panelists include:

  • Katherine Alcauskas, Collections Curator and Exhibitions Manager, The Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College
  • Daniel Goodwin, Associate Professor of Photography, University at Albany
  • Elizabeth Marlowe, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Colgate University
  • Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College

7:30pm Dinner Downtown
An invitation to foster dialogue across institutions, disciplines, and roles. Participants will be assigned to reserved tables at various restaurants in downtown Saratoga Springs, each with project leaders to facilitate conversation. Participants pay their own way

Saturday, June 22

8:00am Breakfast Buffet in the Tang Museum atrium (complimentary)

9:00–10:30am Roundtables: Promising Practices in Exhibition-Based Teaching & Learning
Concurrent discussions of different topics, moderated by project participants. The topics include:

  • Writing in the Museum
  • Exhibition interventions (projects that alter or are presented in the exhibition)
  • Curating for interdisciplinary teaching & learning
  • STEM in the museum
  • Exhibiting & teaching challenging material

10:45am–12:15pm Object Lessons
Eight short presentations on the goals, methods and outcomes of specific exhibition-based assignments, moderated by Elizabeth Marlowe, Colgate University

12:15–1:15pm Lunch (complimentary)

1:30–3:00pm Keynote Presentation & Discussion
More details coming soon

3:00–3:30pm Coffee break

3:30–5:00pm Panel: Exhibitions as Multidisciplinary Learning Spaces
Museum directors from the four partner schools discuss the vital role that campus museums can play in supporting educational goals across the disciplines. Moderated by Tom Shapiro, Founder of Cultural Strategy Partners, the panel includes:

  • Tracy L. Adler, Johnson-Pote Director, Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College
  • Ian Berry, Dayton Director, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College
  • Anja Chávez, Director of University Museums, Longyear Museum of Anthropology/Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University
  • Corinna Ripps Schaming, Interim Director/Curator, University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York

5:00–6:30pm Closing reception

About the Teagle Collaborative Project

Beginning in fall 2016, the Teagle Collaborative Project, “Teaching and Learning with Museum Exhibitions”, supported by a grant from The Teagle Foundation, has allowed faculty members and museum staff at Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, and the University at Albany to collaborate in developing, documenting, and assessing innovative approaches to museum-based teaching and learning. Faculty in more than one hundred courses across almost thirty departments have taught with numerous exhibitions at their campus museums. Many of the curricular innovations were based on This Place, an exhibition of photographs by artists working in Israel and the West Bank that was shared among the four museums in Spring 2018.

The wide range of disciplines represented in this project includes mathematics, environmental studies, gender studies, political science, history, anthropology, religious studies, languages and literatures, theater, dance, and studio art, among others.

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