The class, which is double the size of last year’s inaugural class, will get acquainted with each other during the event, which precedes a two-week, on-campus orientation. The on-campus residency provides students with an introduction to the master’s program, including: a one-day program orientation; practicum instruction in on-site gallery and studio classroom settings; field trips; and workshops with arts professionals.
The MGES students will also have an opportunity to get acquainted with Ethel Rice, benefactor for both the Art and MGES programs at Western.
During the residency, MGES students begin to appreciate the program’s emphases on small class sizes as well as close one-on-one relationships between students and faculty/staff—both signatures of an education at Western. According to Western Professor Heather Orr, the incoming students hail from across the United States and have diverse backgrounds. Many of the students already have strong gallery and museum experiences, Orr said.
The MGES program is a fully accredited, professional terminal degree specifically focused on preparing graduates for professions in the art business, including: galleries, museums, auction houses and art fairs. 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.
Western's first MGES class is on track to graduate in the spring of 2018.
For more information, please contact Heather Orr at 970.943.2021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.