Why Our Program?
- You will gain valuable professional experience through direct professional encounters and required internships. Organized field visits allow you to experience first-hand the variety of places and positions where your education can take you.
- You can spend a week visiting cultural institutions and participating in meetings and private tours with museum professionals in Washington, D.C., or New York City through our Museums and Contemporary Practices MAYmester course.
- You will engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting professionals.
- You can benefit from the availability of courses in SU's other schools and colleges. Many students pursue concurrent or sequential degrees.
- You will become a part of an alumni network that spans the country. Our alumni are well regarded in the field as resilient, adaptable, and highly 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.
The graduate program in museum studies is located in SU's Nancy Cantor Warehouse, home of the School of Design. The building, located in downtown Syracuse, features professional studio facilities for each design program; two shared computer labs; a printing lab; and Design Works, a fabrication lab that holds a variety of tools and technology for wood, metals, and plastic work. There is a dedicated space used for framing and matting.
The administrative offices for museum studies are located on the first floor of The Warehouse, as is the Sue & Leon Genet Gallery, where our students design, fabricate, and install exhibitions throughout the year.
The graduate program in museum studies organizes and sponsors private and public lectures with professionals from a wide variety of institutions and diverse backgrounds. They are a critical component of your growth as a professional and offer a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the broad possibilities of careers the field. Past guests have included:
- Linda Achimore, Former Director of Loss Control, Onondaga County
- Professor Douglas V. Armstrong, Department of Anthropology, archaeology and public policy
- Duane Blue Spruce, Public Spaces Planning Coordinator, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York
- Sean Corcoran G'99, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York
- Emily Dittman, Syracuse University Art Galleries Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator
- Ann Drumheller, Registrar, National Museum of American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
- Magdalena Garcia G'94, Founding Director, El Museo Latino
- Kelly Gardner, Educator, Museum of Science and Technology
- Diana Goodsight, Director, Erie Canal Museum
- Victoria Gray, Acquisitions Cataloger, Strong Museum, National Museum of Play
- Lynda Greig, Former Director, the Loretta Howard Gallery
- Sam Gruber, Curator of the Plastics Collection, the Special Collections and Research Center
- John Haworth, Director, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York
- Cara Howe, Assistant Archivist and Curator, PanAm 103 Collection
- Harvey Kaiser, H.H.K: A Consulting Firm Specializing in Architecture, Urban Planning and Facilities Management
- Peter Kenny, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts and Administrator, the American Wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- William LaMoy, Special Collections Librarian
- Professor Immaculada Lara-Bonilla, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
- Trish Lowney, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Strategic Research Development
- Mark Nerenhausen, Founding Director, Janklow Arts Leadership Program
- Diana Pardue, Chief, Museum Services Division, Statue of Liberty National Monument & Ellis Island
- David Prince, Syracuse University Art Galleries Associate Director
- Keith Routley, Curator and Division Chief, Division of Cultural Resources, Fort Stanwix National Monument
- Jack Rutberg, Dealer, Curator, Collector and Consultant, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles
- Deb Ryan, Senior Curator, Everson Museum of Art
- Joe Scala, Executive Director, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
- Deborah Schwartz, President, the Brooklyn Historical Society
- Tom Shannon, Director of Facilities, the Morgan Library & Museum
- Ann Skiold, Fine Arts Librarian
- Lauren Sodano '04 G'07 G'08, Collections Manager, Strong Museum, National Museum of Play
- David J Stokoe, Rare Book and Paper Conservator, Bird Library
- Kim Szewczyk , Chief of Interpretation, Fort Stanwix National Monument
- Dan Umstead, Park Ranger, Fort Stanwix National Monument