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About MUSE

Master of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE)

MUSE is an interdisciplinary program with a social justice focus. It emphasizes the evolving social and political contexts of today’s cultural institutions and provides students with the intellectual and professional background necessary to thrive in a multitude of positions, including as curators, gallery directors, museum educators, exhibition developers, and professionals within the emerging spheres of digital information-sharing.

Full-time resident students take five core courses that focus on exhibition-making, collections, writing for exhibitions, strategies for public engagement, and museum genres and histories; complete a supervised internship; participate in four skill-developing workshops; and complete a capstone activity (thesis or project) during the two-year program.

MUSE uses Chicago’s many museums and cultural spaces as classrooms. The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Gallery 400 serve as the program’s teaching museums and support in-depth research and practice opportunities.

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Therese Quinn


The author and editor of several books, including Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (with Lisa Hochtritt and John Ploof) and Sexualities in Education: A Reader (with Erica R. Meiners), and articles in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, the Journal of Museum Education, the Abolitionist: A Publication of Critical Resistance, the Monthly Review, Curriculum Inquiry, and Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, Therese Quinn is an Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and serves on the Executive Board of her faculty union.

Devin Malone


Devin Malone is a writer, student, and cultural laborer. When she’s not working toward her Master’s in Museum and Exhibition Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago, she can be found interning in both the curatorial and community engagement departments of UIC’s Gallery 400. You might also track her down working in special collections at UIC’s Richard J. Daley Library. Her interests include institutional critique, representation of marginalized peoples in cultural institutions, and long walks on the beach.

LaTanya S. Autry

My Art Museum Mission

LaTanya S. Autry is a Ph.D. candidate in the art history department at University of Delaware. While she completes her dissertation on lynching memorialization, she works as a curatorial fellow at Yale University Art Gallery. Her upcoming exhibition of civil rights photography by Lee Friedlander will be on view at Yale in early 2017 and then will tour across the U.S. Promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency in art museums is central to her praxis.

Call for Submissions

Recognizing the need to critically transform museums, Fwd: Museums strives to create a space for challenging, critiquing, and imagining alternative modes of thinking and production within and outside of museums. This journal is produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Museum and Exhibition Studies Program.

In response to the 2016 election and its immediate aftermath, the theme of our third issue is “alien.” What does it mean to be “alien”? How can we unpack the term “alien” in the context of museums and cultural institutions?

Call for Submissions “Alien” 2018
Now Open

Submission topics may include, but are not limited to:

· Museums as sites of social and political resistance
· Museums as sanctuary spaces
· The politics of representation
· Investigating the ways objects are labelled within collections
· Issues of repatriation of cultural heritage
· Community engagement/detachment
· Examples of resistance in digital spaces
· Alienated labor
· Migration
· Terminology
· Othering of marginalized groups
· Queering museum spaces
· Experiences of alienation as a visitor

Fwd: Museums invites academic articles, essays, exhibition/book reviews, artwork, creative writing, experimental forms, and interviews. All submissions should follow the guidelines and relate to the journal’s mission statement. We strongly encourage reviews and interviews and require all other submissions to connect to the third issue’s theme, “alien.” Scholars, artists, practitioners, and activists from all fields are welcome to submit.

– Deadline: January 5, 2018 by 11:59 pm (CT)
– Writing: Chicago style (footnotes and bibliography) English manuscripts of up to 2,500 words (with exhibition/book reviews up to 1,000 words, and interviews/profiles up to 1,500 words) as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. There is no minimum word count. Submissions that exceed our word counts will not be considered. Manuscripts written in languages other than English may be considered.
– Visuals: Low resolution B/W and color images of original artwork in TIFF or JPEG format. If your submission is selected, we will request high resolution images of 300 PPI at print size.
-Submission form click on here

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