Museum Studies Alumni

Our alumni are known to be resilient, adaptable, and competent working professionals. They are the best ambassadors from the program to the museum and cultural field, and their education and personal values have been the foundation of many successful careers.

Graduates of the program work in a wide variety of institutions in the United States and abroad, such as the National Gallery, National Museum of the American Indian, the Air and Space Museum, the Morgan Library, The Smoky Mountains National Park (TN), the Museum of the City of New York, Palm Springs Art Museum (CA), and the Japanese Gardens in Portland (OR).

We are constantly trying to update our alumni network. If you are a graduate of the program, please contact Carlota Deseda-Coon at chdeseda@syr.edu with your information.

 

Magdalena “Maggie” García G'94
Museum Studies

Maggie, who recently received the Chancellor’s Citation for Distinguished Achievement in Arts Administration from SU, is the founder and executive director of El Museo Latino in Omaha, Nebraska, the Midwest’s first Latino art and history museum and cultural center and one of only 11 museums in the United States dedicated to Latino art, history, and culture. Since it opened its doors in 1993, more than 200 exhibits have been mounted at El Museo Latino, and its year-round educational programs in the visual and performing arts are a vital part of the city's cultural scene. Sparked in part by García's personal expertise as a dancer, instructor, and choreographer in the Mexican folkloric tradition, El Museo Latino's folk dance program was recognized as one of the top 50 youth arts and humanities programs in the United States by the President's Committee on the Arts.

 

Jeffrey Bowen G'05
Museum Studies

Jeffrey Bowen is the coordinator of audience development at the University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery. Since joining the university in 2011, Jeff has managed the day-to-day operations of the gallery and has worked to expand its educational impact through innovative exhibitions, public programs, and virtual outreach. Prior to his position at UHCL, he was the assistant director of external affairs at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum where he ran the museum’s public relations, marketing, and membership initiatives for nearly five years. Before moving to Texas, Jeff worked in the membership department at the Nantucket Historical Association in Nantucket, Mass. and held an internship at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Mass. In addition to working at UHCL, Jeff is also an adjunct instructor of art history and art appreciation.

A Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Syracuse University launched Jeff’s career into the museum and nonprofit gallery world and he has attributed his work success to a strong foundation received during his time at SU. In his own words: “In my current position, I run a small university art gallery with a staff of only two. As such, my position requires me to wear many hats, from strategic planning and communications to collections management and museum education. The broad range of skills I acquired while working towards my Museum Studies degree at Syracuse greatly prepared me for this dynamic role.” He added, “I am also deeply indebted to the professors and campus administrators who demonstrated their unwavering support to all Museum Studies students along the way.”

Jeff originally hails from West Greenwich, R.I. Prior to attending Syracuse, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University. Outside of his career in the arts, Jeff enjoys playing volleyball, making homebrewed beer, playing the Irish tin whistle, and going camping and hiking with his wife Diana—whom he met at SU—and their two dogs Sammy and Lexi.

Lauren Sodano ’04,  G ’07, G ’08
Museum Studies - Art History

As collections manager for the National Museum of Play at The Strong in Rochester, New York, Lauren coordinates artifact acquisitions and loans, work that has taken her from California to Finland. She enjoys looking after the museum's hundreds of thousands of objects, managing collections volunteers, and indulging in creative outlets such as blogging about play-related topics and recording voiceovers for interactive museum features.

Prior to joining The Strong’s staff in 2008, Lauren earned master’s degrees in Museum Studies and Art History from Syracuse University. As an undergraduate art history major at Syracuse, she interned for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and studied photojournalism in London. She has taught courses in modern and American art history at Syracuse University and the University of Rochester. Lauren also serves on the board of directors for the Museum Association of New York.

Michael D. Somple G'00
Museum Studies

Michael has served as Registrar and Exhibition Manager at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute since April of 2011. He has held positions at the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York; the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio; the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York; the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut; the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse, New York; and the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio.

As curatorial assistant at the Columbus Museum of Art, Somple organized the exhibition Trees from the Forest: Photographs from the Permanent Collection (2002) and co-organized the exhibition The American Tintype (2003).

From 2007 to 2008 Somple was the curatorial research assistant at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute where he co-authored the catalogue raisonné Auspicious Vision: Edward Wales Root and American Modernism and organized the exhibition Branches of Root's Bequest: Edward Wales Root's Other Gifts (2007-08).

Somple holds a bachelor's degree in art history and communications from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and received a master's degree in museum studies from Syracuse University.

Daniel Fuller G'04

Museum Studies

Daniel Fuller is the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art and is the co-Director of Publication Studio Portland (other). Fuller came to Maine from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, where he worked as the Senior Program Specialist. Previously, he was the Assistant Curator and Curator of New Media at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, New York.

Fuller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. He has contributed writing to Art in America, Art:21, Afterall, ArtAsiaPacific, and Art on Paper.

Sean Corcoran G'99
Museum Studies

Sean is the Curator of Prints and Photographs at The Museum of the City of New York. He graduated from SU in 1999 and secured a job in the curatorial department at the George Eastman House in Rochester. For seven years he researched and studied the history of photography, while also learning the role of a curator. In 2006 he moved to NYC and started working at the Museum of the City of New York.  In this role, Sean has developed a number of exhibitions.  His two most recent projects include "City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection", and "Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy."

You can learn more about Sean by reading David Carroll's "A Short Interview With City Museum's Sean Corcoran".