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About Museum Education Oral History Collection

The Museum Education Oral History Collection is being developed as part of the project "Pedagogy and Practice: A History of Art Museum Education" by Dr. Briley Rasmussen (brasmussen@arts.ufl.edu). 

List of Potential Participants

  1. Rika Burnham (NY)—Director of Education, Frick Collection-Began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1970s in Arts Awareness Program.
  2. Danielle Rice (PA)—Program Director, Museum Leadership, Drexel University—Former Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum, and Curator of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Wadsworth Athenaeum, and National Gallery of Art, D.C.
  3. Carol Stapp (DC)—Director, Museum Education Program, George Washington University,
  4. Vas Prabhu (ME)—Director of Education at the Farnsworth Art Museum, for head of education departments at the San Diego Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum, the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She was named NAEA Educator of the Year in 1996.
  5. Kim Kanatani (NY)—Deputy Director and Director of Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, which she joined in 1985. She was named NAEA Educator of the Year in 1999.
  6. Ann Henderson (TN)—Director of Education at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Former her of Teacher and School Programs at the National Gallery of Art, D.C. and Curator of Education at Meadows Museum at SMU. She was named NAEA Educator of the Year in 2010.
  7. Patterson Williams (CO)—Deputy Director of Education, Denver Art Museum, began her career in museum education in 1966 at the Walters Art Museum, and later the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  8. Marla Shoemaker (PA)—Senior Curator of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she has worked since 1973. She was named NAEA Museum Educator of the Year in 2000.
  9. Beth Schneider (UK)—Head of Learning at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and former Education Director at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Staff Lecturer at National Gallery of Art, D.C. She was named NAEA Museum Educator of the Year in 2008.
  10. Eileen Hooper-Greenhill (UK)—retired professor in Museum Studies at University of Leicester, School (the Department) of Museum Studies (1995-2008). Began her career in art museum education in the early 1970s, holding positions at Tate and the National Portrait Gallery. She is the author of seminal text in museum education, including Museum and Gallery Education (1991) and Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge (1992).
  11. Phillip Yenawine (MD)—Co-Founder of Visual Understanding in Education, former Director of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, and Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was named NAEA Museum Educator of the Year in 1991.
  12. Kathy Walsh Piper (KY)—Director, Art Museum at University of Kentucky, began her career museum career in 1976 and has worked at the St. Louis Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Terra museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, D.C., and the Dallas Museum of Art. She was named the inaugural NAEA Museum Educator of the Year in 1985.
  13. Melinda Mayer (TX)—retired assistant professor of art museum education, University of Texas, Austin, and University of North Texas. Daughter of Susan Mayer, founding member of NAEA Museum Division and NAEA Museum Educator of the Year in 1988.
  14. Ken Yellis (NY)—began his career at the National Portrait Gallery, D.C. where he eventually became the Curator of Education. He has served on the Board of the American Alliance of Museum, and worked in museum education for over forty years.
  15. Ellie Caston (TX)—First director of the NAEA Museum Division from 1981-1983. She was name NAEA Museum Educator of the Year in 1986. She is the retired Director of the Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University and professor in the museum studies program
  16. Anne El-Omami (Nebraska)—Director of the Joslyn Art Museum at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She served as Assistant Professor and Curator of Education at the University of Kansas and Spencer Museum of Art, Division Director for Education and Academic Affairs at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Associate Professor and Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She was named NAEA Educator of the Year in 1992.
  17. Marianna Adams (TX)—President and Principal Research at Audience Focus, a visitor research consultancy. She was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Learning Innovation from 1995-2007. She also previously headed education departments at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, and Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  18. John Falk/Lynn Dierking (OR)
  19. Adam Weinberg (NY)—Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, former Curator of Education at the Walker Art Center. Weinberg was interviewed as part of Eisner and Dobbs Uncertain Profession report.
  20. Bill Burback (NY)—Retired Director of Education at MFA Boston, and The Museum of Modern Art, NY, and retired faculty and advisor in Bank Street College of Education Leadership in Museum Education Program. Burback was interviewed as part of Eisner and Dobbs Uncertain Profession report.
  21. Bonnie Pittman (TX)—Former Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, Pittman served of the AAM committee that drafted Excellence and Equity: The Public Dimension of Museums (1992).
  22. Dianne Brigham (CA)—Head of the Ryman Arts (Los Angeles). Was former Director of Education at the J. Paul Getty Museum-overseeing the opening of the Getty Center in 1997. She was NAEA Museum  Educator of the Year in 1995.
  23. Judy Koke (Toronto)—Director of Professional Development at the Institute for Learning Innovations, founded by Drs. Falk and Dierking. Koke has served as Deputy Director + Chief for Public Programming and Learning at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Director of Education and Interpretive Programs at the Nelson Atkins Museum.
  24. Kelly McKinley (CA)—Deputy Director at the Oakland Museum of California, and former Executive Director of Education and Public Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Currently a board member of AAM.
  25. Kaywin Feldman (MI)—Executive Director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), former Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and began her career in education at the British Museum.
  26. Peggy Burchenal (MA)—Emerita Director of Education at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and former head school programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1988 to 2000.
  27. Annie Storr (MA)--  Founding Chair of Education Studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. She was head of Education Programs for the American Association of Museums, as well as Director of Arts Management at American University. 
  28. Radiah Harper (NY)—former Vice Director of Education and Public Programs at the Brooklyn Museums (2004-2016), currently an education consultant for arts organizations and adjunct faculty at Bank Street College of Education and Teachers College.
  29. Sandra Jackson (NY)—Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, former Director of Education and Public Programs at the Seattle Art Museum and the Studio Museum Harlem. She also held positions in education at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
  30. Kent Lydecker (NY/FL)—Retired Director of the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, FL, was Director of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1990-2008), and the Art Institute of Chicago (1985-1990). He began his career in 1974 in Education at the National Gallery of Art, D.C.
  31. Nina Jensen (NY)—Retired Director of Museum Education Program at Bank Street College of Education, where she led the program from 1980 to 2013.
  32. George Hein (MA)—Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and Senior Research Associate with the Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG) at Endicott College, which he co-founded in 1976. He is author of Learning in the Museum (1998) and Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy (2012)