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Art & Museum Studies

Juniata has one of fewer than two dozen undergraduate museum studies programs in the United States. In addition to gaining experience, you can combine museum studies with your choice of discipline and diversify yourself for graduate study.

Get Involved:

  • American Association of Museums
  • Association of Art Museum Directors
  • Graphic Arts Guild
  • International Council of Museums
  • National Art Education Association
  • Society of Illustrators
  • Student Government Association
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

What I like most about Juniata’s Art Department is that there are a variety of art POEs with similar course requirements, which allows students from different areas to work together and learn about different branches of art study.

-Erica Strang ’11

Our Recent Student Accomplishments

Nicholas Brown ’12 had one of his ceramic pieces, a tea bowl, accepted into a national juried exhibition at the Kansas City Clay Guild Tea Bowl National. Brown’s work was displayed at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center in Kansas City, Mo., from June 10 to July 11, 2011. Typically about 70 pieces are chosen from more than 300 entries, most of which come from professional artists.

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Jenn Moss ’11 is pursuing a master’s degree in art education. While she studies, she hopes to gain teaching experience by teaching art at a private school.

Erica Quinn ’10 is currently enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her current creative interests are photography, modern art history and contemporary museum studies.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Naomi Bean ’11 is employed at both The Shaw Galleries and the Carnegie Science Center.

Amelia Hewner ’09 is employed as the Finance Coordinator at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Her POE in business and museum studies helped uniquely prepare her for this multi-faceted position.

Claire Wakefield ’09 is currently employed as the Office Manager and Membership Assistant at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY.

You can read about more outstanding art graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Art or Museum Studies?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • advertising artist
  • art teacher
  • assistant art director
  • graphic designer
  • illustrator
  • photographer

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • architect
  • archivist
  • art appraiser
  • art therapist
  • industrial designer
  • museum curator

Possible Employers:

  • business and industry
  • colleges & universities
  • federal and state government
  • historical societies
  • libraries
  • magazines and newspapers
  • museums
  • resort areas

Related Occupations:

  • archivist
  • art therapist
  • cartographer
  • critic
  • director of cinematography
  • educator
  • film editor
  • interior decorator
  • research assistant
  • television director

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network; create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; Consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • Albany Institute of History & Art
  • The Bradford County Regional Arts Council
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • New York Historical Society
  • Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
  • Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts
  • Strawberry Fields, Inc.
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Wayne Art Center
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director