The Exemplary Museum is the result of a twelve-month study into campus art museums in the USA commissioned by the Samuel H Kress Foundation. The book's findings and methodology are of international significance for both university museums and art museums generally.
Although visitors to America's 700-plus campus art museums have almost quadrupled in the last 50 years, until now little was known about the visitor experience within them - a situation reflected internationally. This pioneering book changes all that...
Focusing on "exemplary" museums - those which are models of best practice - the book explores the challenges and conditions for success for university art museums. Among the fundamental issues explored are:
* how are these museums integrated into the lives of their users?
* how do users interact with these museums beyond the academic curriculum?
* what organisational cultures and systems best support these museums?
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* The Effects and Influences of the Great Kress Giveaway
* Art Across the Curriculum
* Museum Art in Everyday Life
* Challenges and Conditions of Success for Campus Art Museums
* 1: Acronyms and Abbreviations
* 2: Mission Statements
* 3: Why Respondents Became Interested in Art Museums
* 4: Interviews with Art Museum Directors
* 5: Educational Uses of Technology
* 6: Interview Questions
About the author
Corrine Glesne is a qualitative researcher, educational anthropologist, and author of the text Becoming Qualitative Researchers (Pearson, 2011, 4th ed.) In 2011, she investigated ways in which academic art museums are integrated into university and college life for the Samuel H Kress Foundation, embarking on a year-long qualitative study of the “exemplary” academic art museum that involved interviews with museum personnel, campus administrators, faculty from multiple disciplines, students, and community members at diverse sites.