Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization - MGES


Barbara Sibley
"It is an honor and exciting to continue the commitment made by Gus and Loretta Grosland to further the arts with the development of this new MGES Masters program."
Ruthann Cranford
"With the skills I will gain through this program, I hope to work to make the arts and history accessible to everyone."
Jill Fahey
"I enjoy working with local artists, the faculty, and the students, and seeing their work come to life on the walls of the gallery."
Torrie Nickel
"I hope I will rise up in the world as a respected leader and protector of the art world."


FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.


Scheduled just prior to Fall semester start date, this on-campus residency provides an introduction to and fundamentals for the entire program of study, and initiates network development. This intensive course includes a one-day program orientation, practicum instruction in on-site gallery and studio classroom settings, field trips, and workshops with arts professionals. Prerequisite: acceptance into the MGES graduate program.

 MGES 601 - GALLERY PRINCIPLES I (3 credits)

Professional careers in the contemporary gallery world require a number of practical skills. This course addresses those demands by building upon fundamentals covered in the summer practicum, with in-depth practical explorations of design, installation, preparatorship and the management of the gallery space and contemporary art exhibits. Prerequisite: MGES 600.


Professional careers in gallery administration are increasingly complex and demanding. A key aspect of building and growing successful art galleries or museums is professional relationships. This course principally focuses on professional relationships and relationship building in the contemporary art world: artists, patrons, collectors, diverse artists, audiences, and stake-holders. Prerequisite: MGES 601.


Considerable planning, entrepreneurship, and bureaucratic skill are required in the building and development of successful for-profit or non-profit art galleries. This course addresses entrepreneurial approaches and business models, mission relevance, recruitment, governance, development, procurement, staffing, budget and finances, for-profit and not-for-profit business registration, and compliance with multiple policies and laws. Prerequisite: MGES 600.


Gallery administrators must be adept in all aspects of management, including marketing and promotion and leading and managing staff and volunteers, to grow successful for-profit and not-for-profit galleries. Students in this class learn how to gain market share through innovations in gallery marketing, and managerial skills enabling them to effectively manage human resources, in the art gallery and museum sector. Prerequisite: MGES 612.


This course examines curatorial scholarship and practices that underpin collections development, research and analysis, and the exhibition process, and relates those to the evolving roles of galleries and museums in contemporary society. Subjects covered in the class include collections development, object-based research, exhibition development and analysis, and curatorial approaches to tangible and intangible heritage. Prerequisite: MGES 600.


This course explores the roles and responsibilities of contemporary curators as investigators, negotiators, and mediators in gallery and museum environments. Students engage in dialogue and debate about ethical questions relating to acquisitions, access, ownership, copyright, knowledge systems, exhibition themes, new digital technologies, international collaborations and partnerships, and the integration of new scholarship and ideas with traditional curatorial skills.

 MGES 631 - CURATING THE PAST (3 credits)

Archaeological research relies upon sound curatorial practice; curatorship is often the only tangible evidence of cultural heritage for some peoples and most collections are in the public trust. This class explores those responsibilities through engaging with archaeological and cultural materials curation: technical information, laws and regulations, case studies, archaeological or anthropological exhibition process, integration of theory and practice. Prerequisite: MGES 600.

Faculty & Staff


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MGES Instructor
M.F.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
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MGES Instructor; Tufts University Instructor
M.A. Harvard University, M.Ed. Lesley University
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MGES Instructor; SUNY Purchase College Instructor
B.A. SUNY/Binghamton, M.A. SUNY/Binghamton, Ph.D. CUNY
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David M. Hyde
Lecturer in Anthropology, MGES Instructor
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Washington State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
MGES Consultant and Internship Supervisor; Art Historian and Consultant; Principal: Kerry Mason and Associates; Instructor in Canadian and Northwest Coast Art, University of Victoria and Victoria College of Art
B.A., M.A., French Certificate, University of Victoria
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Jarrett Mellenbruch MGES Instructor
MGES Instructor
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MGES Instructor; New Hampshire Institute of Art, Instructor
B.F.A. SUNY Purchase College, M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Art
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Professor of Art - Art History ( Administrative Director Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization ( Colorado State Representative, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (
B.A., M.A., University of Victoria; Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-3031
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, MGES Grosland Director
MGES Grosland Director
PhD. Central European University, Budapest, 2011, Comparative History; M.A. Central European University, Budapest, Hungary 1995, History; B.A.. Oberlin College 1990, Literature and Government., Certified Appraiser of Impressionism and Modern Art, Appraisers Association of America
Phone: 970-943-2285
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230

The Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (MGES) is a fully-accredited, professional terminal degree specifically focused on Art Business careers in Visual Arts Administration and Management such as: Art Galleries, Museums, Auctions, Art Fairs, Curatorship, and Collections Management. The program concentrates particularly on the core process of staging exhibitions (design, logistics, installation, curatorship, and marketing). Western's MGES curriculum emphasizes the development of practical, intellectual, managerial, and entrepreneurial skills necessary to thrive in the highly competitive International Art World.

The M.A. in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization offers a “hybrid” low-residency learning environment of online courses, combined with residencies in both the program practicum on the Western campus and an arranged internship at an art gallery or museum. In addition to the summer on-campus practicum, the program also offers study and professional development sessions in New York and Paris, where students can experience the international art market up close. The structure emphasizes flexibility in order to provide a tailored education to students who have aspirations to careers in the art world and would prefer to remain resident where they currently live and work while they pursue their graduate degree. For International students, visas to study as a resident student at our campus can be arranged. 

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Art Installation - Master of Arts in Gallery Management at Western

MGES students hang a graphic work for an exhibition at Quigley Gallery

Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization, Curatorship, Installation, Museums, Galleries, Sales


Program Goals:

  • Cultivating an understanding of the demanding professional world of gallery management and especially the unique set of skills necessary to stage successful exhibitions, including practical, intellectual, managerial, and entrepreneurial solutions to challenges faced.
  • Developing students’ capacity for inter-disciplinary critical thinking, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving with diverse stake-holders in the high-pressure atmosphere of staging exhibitions at art venues. 
  • Enhancing career opportunities for our graduates through a rigorous academic curriculum complemented with hands-on professional experiences that can prepare someone for careers in galleries, museums, auction houses, and art fairs.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the MGES program will be able to:

  • Integrate previous related academic studies, experience, and interests with the education and professional training of this degree program.
  • Effectively support the realistic demands of arts/gallery management, in both the artistic and the business dimensions of the field, in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Be fully proficient as exhibits specialists for art and related exhibits, including a wide variety of contemporary, historic, and antique art objects, in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Plan, develop and execute gallery and exhibit design and layout, synthesizing and implementing knowledge of aesthetic and design principles, theory and best practices, design tools and technology, and relevant federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Continue to develop knowledge and experience in areas of interest beyond graduation, implementing the program readings, tools, and educational materials.

Program Prerequisites

  • A BA or BFA degree required before attending first semester in MGES Program.
  • Evidence of a program of studies (major or minor, or extensive course work – 9 or more courses) must be demonstrated in one of the following or related disciplines:
    • Studio Art
    • Art History
    • Marketing/Business/Entrepreneurship
    • Non-Profit Leadership
    • Culture Studies
    • History
    • Anthropology/Archeology
    • Gallery Management or Museum Studies

Admissions Criteria

A holistic package balancing academic excellence with experience in arts leadership is encouraged. Admissions packages will include:

  1. Transcripts showing a recommended 3.0 undergraduate GPA or above in relevant courses.
  2. An eight hundred-to-one thousand word personal statement describing the applicant’s experience and career interests in the art, gallery, museum, and/or cultural heritage sector, and commitment to the arts or cultural heritage.
  3. A writing sample of eight-ten pages.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in related fields.

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This program is Colorado Commission of Higher Education and HLC approved. 


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