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The Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College

The Davis Museum and Cultural Center presents Core Matters: Students, Faculty, Collections

A Symposium for College and 
University Art Museums

Friday April 30, 2010 & Saturday May 1, 2010

Registration is now open

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, 
Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481

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What is the impact of gallery experiences on students? How can a collection uniquely support student inquiry? What does it mean to use professional procedures to learn about student audiences? What are the implications for understanding the role of the museum in higher education? 

With these questions in mind, and concentrating on the value and impact of direct experiences with works of art, we will explore the "core matters" of college and university art museums: collection display, evaluation, student audiences, and faculty outreach. The program will include panels, workshops, conversations, as well as dialogues with the Davis Museum's new director, Lisa Fischman. Addresses by James Elkins & Mark Slouka.

This symposium provides an opportunity for museum professionals and the Wellesley College community to think together about the unique role of museums in higher education in light of changes in the economy, academia and a new generation of student audiences.

Keynote speaker:
James Elkins
Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Capstone Speaker: 
Mark Slouka
Department of English
University of Chicago

Symposium Schedule:


Professional Practice Workshops 
Student Audiences, Student Psyches
Evaluation: Planning for Impact
Object Lessons for Faculty Engagement Across the Curriculum 
Keynote address: James Elkins 


9:00 –4:00
Professional Practice Workshops
The Challenge of the Student Viewer
Practical Tools for Formative Evaluation of Interpretives
Faculty as Co-Curators
Panel Presentations: 
Learn by Doing: The Museum as Laboratory
Presenting Collections

4:15 – 5:45 
Capstone address: Mark Slouka 

The symposium arises from the Davis Museum's reinstallation of its permanent collection, an effort that began in 2006 with funding from the Getty Foundation. The project engendered a shift away from a strictly chronological and geographical presentation towards a topically-organized display. It further entailed systematic methods of audience research and calibrated curatorial response. These efforts yielded unexpected changes, both in the programming of our galleries and the Museum's examination of its impact on student audiences. 

This symposium is funded by: The Wellesley College Friends of Art, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Tebbetts Wolfe '54 Program Endowment, E. Franklin Robbins Art Fund, Judith Blough Wentz '57 Museum Programs Fund, S. Jane Burrell Lacy '49 and Benjamin Lacy Endowed Fund for Acquisitions and Programs, Betsy Patterson Colburn Endowed Fund for Davis Museum Program Support.

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Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481