"I graduated from the Buffalo State museum studies graduate program in 2015. It was an ideal program for me as a museum professional working full time. I value that the program is designed for professionals already working in their field. All of my classes were scheduled in the evening, which allowed me to attend after work.
The museum studies program supported me in achieving many of my career-orientated goals. The various classes I attended taught me how to sharpen my skills and confidence. In my ten-year career as a museum professional, I’ve successfully curated exhibitions, developed educational tools for teachers, fundraised, and much more.
Many other important opportunities came my way after receiving my master’s degree. After a six-year career at the Buffalo History Museum, I completed two consultant projects with the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, New York. I also worked for the United States exhibition at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale in Italy. I was extremely proud to represent my country and my community as a recent Buffalo State graduate.
I am currently the curator of education and collections at the Castellani Art Museum as well as an adjunct faculty member in the art history and museum studies program at Niagara University. In 2021, I will receive my M.B.A in strategic management from Niagara University. I am grateful for my time at Buffalo State. My hope is for future students to have the same experience in a supportive and creative learning environment."
"The format of the museum studies program is set up in a way that the students are immersed in all aspects related to the museum. The required courses gave us a great foundation to understand the importance of museums in the modern-day and where the museum is expected to stand in the future; we learned this based on past events and occurrences and learned how we can strive to attain this.
This groundwork allowed us to then choose which path to take for the duration of the program. The courses I took were both engaging and educational; the small class sizes were extremely beneficial as we were able to discuss the topics comprehensively. They were both practical and theory-based in order to understand all aspects of the positions within the museum.
I have learned a great deal from being in this program. My internship at the Brooklyn Museum gave me hands-on experience utilizing what I learned during my courses, and it also helped me obtain my current position at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City."
"While a student in MST 660: Museums and Society, my fellow students and I were given the opportunity by Dr. Conides and Aaron Ott, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Curator of Public Art, to work on the public art project known as, “The Freedom Wall.” Each student researched five to six Civil Rights leaders on a list generated by Buffalo’s East Side community.
After the end of the semester, I was selected to further work on the project as a research assistant with the Albright Knox. My primary job involved writing and researching short biographies for the 28 individuals who were selected to be depicted on the wall. The job proved vital to my career growth as my writing is now featured on the Albright Knox’s website as well as on the wall itself.
Given the research and writing skills that I developed in the museum studies program, as well as the program’s provided opportunities, I was hired as an associate historian with Preservation Studies. It is a full-service historic preservation consulting firm that serves all of New York State and the Greater Northeast. I am able to use the skills that I have developed through the program to write National Register forms and in conducting property research.
Overall, the museum studies master of arts program at Buffalo State has shaped my career as an emerging museum professional. I have been given numerous opportunities to advance my skills and will continue to use them to further my career goals."
"My time in the museum studies program provided me an exceptional experience with the local Buffalo museums and cultural institutions, thought-provoking class discussions with my professors and fellow students, and opportunities to present my research at statewide conferences.
I was drawn to the Buffalo State museum studies graduate program because of its intensive connections to the local museums and cultural institutions; something I felt was important in a graduate program.
My favorite classes involved the real-world application of lesson plans and exhibition designs that we were able to create for institutions such as the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, the Buffalo History Museum, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. With the preparation that these classes provided, I was able to curate the main fall exhibition for the Steel Plant Museum of WNY. My supervisor was able to trust me to create this exhibit because of the skills I had learned in my classes at Buffalo State.
Making the exhibition, Hard at Work: Clothing and Gear at the Steel Plant, was a great internship experience. It not only let me take control of an exhibit from start to finish but also gave me a chance to apply what I learned in my classes. I am currently the program coordinator at the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo. I oversaw the creation of their first gallery exhibit and adapted it for online use. It is an important teaching tool for middle school, high school, and college curriculum."
"The Buffalo State museum studies graduate program was an invaluable part of my educational experience. I chose Buffalo State because of its diverse class offerings—from curatorial, museum education, to museum administration. Plus, I was able to attend classes after work, which I found incredibly helpful as a professional already working in the field.
All of my classes involved working with local non-profits and other small museums in the area; this participatory aspect allows students to engage with the community in a more impactful and meaningful way. I was able to work closely with the Centro Culturale Italiano Di Buffalo in Museum Administration, which then developed into my thesis. I designed exhibits, educational programs, and layouts for their new museum.
My hands-on experiences and diversified classes have helped me obtain positions at the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, and my current position as art center educator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center."
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