Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956); Number 2, 1949, 1949; oil on canvas. Copy Right Holder: 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institutem, Museum of Art, Utica, New York. x1200

Join WCMA’s Student Advisory Committee


Curious about museums? Interested in the arts, activism, or student engagement at Williams? Then join WCMA’s first ever Student Advisory Committee, a group dedicated to strengthening the connection between Williams students and the museum!

As an art-loving senior at the College myself, I’m thankful to have had a number of opportunities to engage with this museum. Whether by gaining hands-on classroom experience in the Rose Study Gallery, giving tours of the exhibitions as a Museum Associate, or learning about works on view during lectures from a variety of professors, I’ve been lucky to benefit from the rich, multi-disciplinary and experimental collections and interpretations that WCMA provides. From Warhol to Walker, Inness to Hopper; a Greek red-figure troilos to a 3000-year-old set of monumental Assyrian reliefs; a giant felt whale to the art of the ancient Mayans; the art on view at WCMA has exposed me to a broad range of cultures, styles, mediums and ­artists that has profoundly impacted my undergraduate experience.

But the moments that have best defined my experience with this museum – as trite as it may sound – have been those in which I was invited to encounter art (and myself) in ways often inarticulable in the classroom. I will never forget, for example, the opportunity to participate in Professor Dalila Scruggs’s exhibition, Who Can Dance?: Performing Gender in African Masquerades: As an unproven intern with a deep curiosity about exhibition preparation, I was not only given access to behind-the-scenes operations, but also actively encouraged to contribute to the production. In my experience, WCMA more than meets its expectations as a college museum: It considers its wide-ranging collection with fresh eyes, often willing to take the interpretive risks that major institutions cannot, and consistently seeks direct student involvement every step of the way.

Regardless of your experience, specific interests, major or year, I really encourage anyone with an interest in art, museums, or activism to join the new Student Advisory Committee. As a group, we will have hands-on input in meaningfully connecting the museum with our peers, not to mention the broader community beyond Williams. Whether by developing a group project with museum staff and mentors from the art world or encouraging interaction between students and the museum, we can take advantage of the fantastic resources right at our doorstep, right now.

For more information about the Student Advisory Committee, please see the application at http://wcma.williams.edu/files/2011/11/Student-Advisory-Committee-Application-2011.doc

Post written by English Cook ’13



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