WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY
- Gallery Evaluation: Old Masters Gallery (January 2013 – January 2014)
Amy L. Cota-McKinley, Associate Professor in Psychology
Prof. Cota-McKinley has formed an evaluative team with students to assess gallery use before/after installation of the Old Masters Gallery.
- Audio Assessment & Accessibility (September 2013 – January 2014)
Linda S. Larrivee, Chair Dept of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Susanna Meyer, CSD Professor and audiologist; Ann Veneziano-Korzec, SLH Ctr Dir. & speech-language pathologist. This project, which is currently under review with WSU’s Human Subject Review Board, will include Docent Training and evaluation of current touring techniques (related to speech and presentation style), as well as monitoring learning outcomes on tours before/after training. The goal is to improve audience retention of material when specific communication techniques are implemented. The team is also working to advise WAM on accessibility concerns for people with hearing impairments and communication disorders.
- Student Docents (January 2013 – December 2013)
Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
Ten Worcester State Students joined the museum’s New Docent Training class. Their participation resulted in course credit in the spring and a paid internship in the fall. The fall projects resulted in content for iPad interactives in the Old Master Gallery reinstallation (alternative labels), gallery service hours, and a student-curated exhibition in the Higgins Education Wing.
- Jeppson Idea Lab Interactives (January 2013-May 2013)
Karl R. Wurst, Chair, Department of Computer Science
We have partnered with WSU to produce iPad compatible interactives for content related to the first Jeppson Idea Lab, the Orantes sculptures. Students in Karl Wurst’s spring captstone project course are currently working to complete this need, with input from the WAM education department, conservation, and graphic design. Tim Furman was the main contact.
- Interdisciplinary Arts Seminar (January 2013-April 2013)
Michael Hachey, Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
Prof. Hachey’s students, who have a variety of skills related to performing arts, music, and fine art; met at WAM weekly for presentations from a variety of professionals in arts-related fields. Classes met in the galleries. The course culminated in an installation in one of WAM’s studios, which was then open to the public.
- Wearable Art Fashion Show (May 8, 2013)
Stacey Parker, Professor of Fine Art
- Alternatives for Individual Development Program (Summer 2013)
Marcela Uribe-Jennings, Director of Multi-cultural Affairs
The Alternatives for Individual Development Program (A.I.D.) is an alternative admissions program at Worcester State University which provides educational assistance for students who may require support services in order to succeed in college. The program actively recruits students who show motivation and the desire to succeed in higher education. Included in this category are ALANA, low-income, and first generation students. For 2013, the program admitted 37 students who resided at WSU for six weeks in June and July. WSU brought these students to the museum to view selections from the collection.
- Kennedy to Kent State Writing Project (Fall 2012)
Mark Wagner, Adrian Gage, Domino Guyton
These response essays are the result of a pilot project between WSU and WAM. Students viewed the Kennedy to Kent State exhibition, and were then tasked with writing about the photographs. The program included a lecture by Assistant Curator Nancy Burns, and talks with Professors Kristin Waters and Professor Michael Hachey. Student writing was posted on the museum’s website.
WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
- Microscopy Exhibit (Summer 2013-January 2014)
Aaron Sakulich, Asst. Prof., Environmental and Civil Engineering
This exhibition of colorized microscope images were created through WPI’s two summer camp programs (“Camp Reach” which targets Worcester girls going into 7th grade; and “Frontiers” which is a program for HS Sophomores and Juniors from around the country). The result was a short term exhibition of the images in the HEW in January 2014.
- Green Café IQP, Part 1 (August 2013-December 2013)
Corey Dehner, Co-Director Worcester Project Center; Melissa Belz, Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division
The Green Cafe IQP (first phase) team was assigned to WAM beginning in August 2013 to conduct a study on current practices and audience usage. This visitor survey was highly useful in understanding current user perceptions of the café, college student useage and perceptions of the café, and general user interest in green initiatives. The team came up with general recommendations toward future green initiatives.
- Green Café IQP, Part 2 (January-March 2014)
Ingrid K. Shockey, Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division; Chickery "Chick" J. Kasouf, Associate Professor, School of Business.
The Green Cafe IQP (second phase) team was assigned to WAM beginning in January 2014 to conduct a study of current comparable green practices at other museums, to assess current energy usage with the current café, and to recommend a new configuration.
- Interactive Media and Game Development IQP (January-March 2014)
Josh Pablo Rosenstock, Associate Director of Interactive Media & Game Development; James Cocola, Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts
Students involved in this IQP group designed an iPad interactive to be used in conjunction with the Knights! exhibition.
- University Art Museum IQP (Fall 2012)
Joseph Farbrook, Assoc Prof of Art, Interactive Media and Game Development
Under the direction of Prof. Farbrook, this interdisciplinary group of students is currently investigating using WAM as a “shared” university art museum.
- Shared Event Space Sponsorship (Fall 2012)
Kristin Boudreau, Assoc. Dean & Dept Head, Humanities & Arts
Under Dr. Boudreau’s direction, WAM was offered lecture space for free to host events. WAM utilized this once (the Kennedy to Kent State Symposium).
- Interactive Museum Map Project (January 2013-May 2013)
Prof. Curvin J. Huber, Associate Professor of Game Design
Students are using UDK to create a 3D museum map that is interactive. J. Tremblay is currently the onsite project manager.
COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
- Capstone Projects (Sept 2012-May 2013; yearly)
Virginia C. Raguin, Professor, Art History Division Head
Senior Art History students conduct in-depth reports on a topic of art/ art history, which are then presented twice a year as a graduation requirement. Students work very closely with WAM, especially the library. Staff attended presentations and were invited to ask questions of the students. These final projects were hosted on the WAM website, after their completion in the spring 2013 semester.
- iPhone Tour of WAM (Fall 2012 & repeated Fall 2013)
Amanda Luyster, Lecturer, Department of Visual Arts
Web-hosted tour was created as a collaboration between HC Art History students, and students at South High School. Content is currently live on a HC website.
- Old Masters Gallery: Project (January 2013-April 2013)
Formerly Dr. John Garton, Clark University; led by Katrina Stacy
Directed Study Course and LEEP project.
UMASS MEMORIAL MEDICAL SCHOOL
- Family Practice Residents: Learning to Look Series (Fall 2012-ongoing)
Dr. Sara Shields, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health; Dr. Hugh Silk, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Twenty UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency students meet twice a year with WAM Education staff to insert humanities disciplines into their studies. Classroom work and open-ended gallery discussions (all at WAM) are conducted in an effort to avoid burnout and help students find meaning in the work that they do.
- Plastic Surgery Residents: Anatomical Drawing (April 2013-May 2013, annual)
UMass Memorial Plastic Surgery Professor and Chief Ray Dunn and Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics Janice F. Lalikos
We developed a course in life drawing and figure clay modeling to be offered every spring to twelve plastic surgery residents at UMass Medical. The plastic surgery residency is a six-year program, and all plastic surgery residents will participate annually during their entire training. The course will meet in April/May in the late afternoon (4-7 p.m.) for four-five weeks. The goal of the course will be to train residents in learning to see and understand form/function and structure of the human body as relevant to their practice as plastic surgeons.