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Published on January 24th, 2017 | by Emily Goldberg


New Opportunities for Art Majors

The Polk Museum of Art and Florida Southern are planning to partner up to create an academic museum to help students get acquainted with professional artwork in order to prepare them for the work force.

While the concept of an academic museum has been floated before, the alumni of the college were not able to fund a new museum solely for FSC. The leadership from each organization decided to team up to plan a project that they both have been wanting to complete for quite some time. It was the Polk Museum’s board members who initiated talks as a way to help the museum grow.

The cross pollination between the institutions should lead to more internship opportunities and push the faculty to utilize more of the museum’s resources, Florida Southern President Anne Kerr said.

The students at FSC are excited to see where this opportunity will take them.

“There are different facets to the art world and I think if I would have had that museum connection at FSC, it would have helped create more career paths,” senior Studio Art major Rikki Mowry said.

The art department at the college has incorporated the museum into its art curriculums in years past by visiting exhibitions and having their teachers explain the artists and their work. Mowry explains that with this partnership, students like herself will be able to learn real-world museum etiquette, how to present portfolios, and how to take criticism and appreciate art by possibly having their own art featured at the museum.

Art History professor Alex Rich explained that with this alliance, students will be able to easily study works of art, firsthand on a regular basis.

“This is an inimitable opportunity for the college and the greater central Florida community,” Rich said.

“We’re all really excited,” said sophomore Art History and Studio Art major Marielle Martinez. “It will be a great asset and really shows what the school can do for you by using an outside source.”

As the college is constantly growing and looking towards the future, the partnership is an opportunity for the school to stand out from other universities around Florida or even around the country with the resources it will be able to provide the students.

“This will be such a positive impact on prospective students because it takes engaged learning to a whole new level and will be able to give us real world experience,” Martinez said.

Sophomore nursing major and dance minor Sheryl Coe said that she thinks it’s important to have good connections in the arts. While looking for a perfect college, she wanted to look for a program that helped her get ahead and she believes that this will allow art majors to do so.

The leadership teams from Florida Southern and the Polk Museum will have a proposed plan set out by June 1 to be ready for the 2017-2018 school year.

Read More:

Florida Southern and Polk Museum Partnership

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

The 20 Best College Art Museums

Defining Academic Art Museum


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