Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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About Us

Broadly interdisciplinary, the Program in Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC (MUSE@UIC) integrates professional experiences with the intensive study of the institutions and practices of exhibition-making and public engagement at museums of art, history, architecture, science, anthropology, and contemporary culture, among others. The program emphasizes the evolving social and political contexts of today's cultural institutions, including museums and other platforms. MUSE@UIC links the work of culture to social justice; museum and exhibit work shapes ideas about the world.

The Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC curriculum provides students with deep intellectual and scholarly engagements essential to careers in diverse positions: curators, gallery directors, museum educators, exhibition developers, and professionals within the emerging spheres of digital information-sharing, for example.

Housed in UIC's graduate program in Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies draws on the range of disciplines available at UIC, including anthropology, ethnic and gender studies, history, social work, and more. Close mentoring relationships with advisors and advisory faculty offers students experiences tailored to their interests, while the range of faculty scholarship within and beyond the department provides the breadth of a major research university.