University Art Museum Student Involvement
Museum exhibitions are popular and well attended by Art Department students. Faculty from UAlbany and other colleges bring classes to the museum or create assignments based on exhibitions. Photography classes regularly meet with the Collections staff to examine works in the collection and discuss archival matting and framing methods. Late-night informal performance events attract students. Museum staff work closely with M.F.A. candidates on the preparation of their thesis exhibitions, often a student’s first professional exhibition opportunity.
An Internship Program provides opportunities for students to learn first-hand about museum operations; students work alongside contemporary artists, curators, and museum professionals in all phases of exhibition production including research, design, installation, and programming.
Students have received credit through the art department for museum internships. The museum employs eight-ten work study students each semester. Work study students assist in exhibition installation, general clerical work, and security and surveillance.