M.A. in Art: Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES) 3+2
MGES 600 - ORIENTATION AND PRACTICUM (3 cred.)
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 cred.)
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.
MGES 602 - GALLERY PRINCIPLES II (3 cred.)
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.
MGES 612 - BUSINESS PRINCIPLES I (3 cred.)
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.
MGES 613 - BUSINESS PRINCIPLES II (3 cred.)
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.
MGES 621 - CURATORSHIP PRINCIPLES I (3 cred.)
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.
MGES 622 - CURATORSHIP PRINCIPLES II (3 cred.)
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 cred.)
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
Professor of Art; Administrative Director MGES; Colo. State Rep., Assoc. of Academic Museums and Galleries
Office Location: Quigley Hall 231
MGES Grosland Director
Office Location: Quigley Hall 230
Professor of History; Director of Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225
- Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
- Pathfinder Magazine: An annual publication for student creative work.
- Student Art League: A branch of the Council for Creative expression, the Student Art League is dedicated to providing visual arts, experiences, professional development, educational opportunities and outreach for Art students.
- Field Experience: Seniors travel to historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Bent’s Old Fort national historical sites, to study the role of commemoration and memory.
- History Honor Society: Join Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of Western’s oldest academic honor societies.
- History League: Sponsors activities including a book club and catapult construction.
- Internships: Land an internship with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum.
- Study Abroad: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.
- B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Art History & Theory: A strong foundation in Western and non-Western art history and in theory, emphasizing the development of solid research, writing and presentation skills.
- B.A. in History with an emphasis in Public History: Prepares students with the historical foundations and communications tools needed to effectively engage the public with the past.
- M.A. in Art: Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization: A professional terminal master’s degree focused on preparing students for life in the art world.
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