SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2018

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26 APRIL 2018 SchoolArts M U S U E M M U S I N G S CONTINUED ON PAGE 49. tion proposals that are reviewed by museum staff members. After sev - eral proposals are selected, students form exhibition teams in which they take on the professional roles of curator, registrar, educator, and mar - keter. Together, they build an exhibi- tion of student work that culminates with an opening-night celebration. As students work through each of the steps in this process, they con - front collaboration, compromise, creative problem solving, and other real-life skills. Presenting Last year's group of students stepped beyond their familiar role of creat - ing works of art in the classroom to contextualizing their work in an exhibition. In their assumed roles, students learned the importance of considering an individual work in context and how an exhibi - tion flows and fits together. They practiced professional framing and hanging as they installed the works in a gallery. They worked to build relevance as they designed exhibition materials and experi - ences to bridge the gap between the artworks and their viewers. High-school student Danielle Corbett shared this insight: "I big idea that guides any exhibition. Students practice developing exhibi - tion thesis statements and gather- ing small collections of works (on postcards) to support their thesis. Writing skills, critical thinking, and self-editing are all important steps of this process that will serve students later in life as professional artists or in other professional ventures. Following thesis development, stu- dents explore exhibition design and logistical issues such as budget and spatial limitations. This provides con - straints to further enable their creativ- ity and ability to make thoughtful and focused decisions. Part of this learning process involves field trips to museums and galleries where students conduct evaluations of the exhibition on display. Students are able to critique and assess everything from work selection and organization to lighting and design. From Proposal to Exhibition Students then put their learning to the test as they develop exhibi - W ith presenting as a major component of the new Secondary Core Art Standards, high-school students are expected to become well-versed in the process of not only showing their artwork, but curating and contextualizing their work in a thoughtful way. But have they been trained in the nuance and complexity that is involved in finding space and preparing work for exhibitions? A Museum/School Partnership Provo High School and the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah, have embarked on a partnership pro - gram in which high-school students are mentored through the process of curating and mounting professional exhibitions. This innovative pro - gram gives students direct access to museum professionals and opportuni - ties to thoughtfully work through the various steps of exhibition planning and development. Throughout the school year, students learn about and practice developing an exhibition the - sis, finding and understanding gallery space, writing about exhibitions and artwork, and creating branding and marketing plans for an exhibition. Thesis Development and More The first stage of this program is exploring and understanding the Students as Curators Jessica Weiss and James Rees Students stepped be ond their familiar role of creating works of art in the classroom to contextualizing their work in an exhibition.

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