GUNNISON, Colo. – Professor of Art, Art Department Chair, MGES Associate Director Heather Orr, Ph.D., was recently appointed the State Representative of Colorado for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG).
Orr said about the partnership, “This position will directly connect us nationwide with professionals, galleries, museums and potential students in the field. In addition, we will have access to undergrad/grad scholarships for our students to attend the national and regional annual conferences (expenses fully covered).”
Western alumnus John Versluis ‘97, Hill College’s dean of the Texas Heritage Museum , was recently appointed the Mountains-Plains representative for the AAMG. Versluis used this opportunity to bring his alma mater into the organization by bringing Orr on.
Versluis said, “I am delighted that WSCU has created the Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specializations – MGES and opened the Quigley Gallery … I am thrilled that WSCU is developing new programs/degrees and is moving in the right direction and continues to grow. I look forward in developing a strong partnership with you through AAMG!”
Orr received her doctorate in Precolumbian Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, and has published on the ancient art of Mesoamerica and Central America. She is currently working on a joint project to publish a catalogue of Western’s art collection. Orr has served as the Art department chair at Western for five years, taught the art history program for more than 19 years and was the lead on the development, accreditation and implementation of the new M.A. in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization currently in its pilot year.
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About Association of Academic Museums and Galleries:
The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries has over 3,500 total members, including 450 institutional members, throughout United States. It was founded in 1980 to promote and support academic museums and to help its constituent members achieve their educational missions.