Starts—leading us elsewhere. Sparks—initiating renewal.
And incitements—to imagine other possibilities for museums.

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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 for reimagining and critically transforming museums and our cultural work within (inside and outside; within or in connection to) their spaces, Fwd: Museums invites you to submit artwork, essays, creative writing, interviews, poetry, love letters, and other experimental forms to analyze, critique, and make space for new thinking about museums and exhibitions.

The theme for our next issue centers around the word “Small.”

Call for Submissions – Small 2017
is closed


Call for Submissions 2018 is coming soon. Thank you for your interest!

Please email Sarita Hernández, Publication Coordinator, at for further inquiries.