Research Students 2016

Houghton Kinsman

Art Museum Education as a progressive, accessible alternative form of higher education in the USA and South Africa

This project is an attempt to provide insights into the possibility of an art museum education as an alternative form of higher/tertiary education. By exploring the history/development of the modern and contemporary art museum and the subsequent relation of the institution to its audience, the project will highlight how art museum education has evolved in consequence and demonstrate why it can operate both in conjunction with and separate from a traditional university experience.

The project will examine the plausibility of such a development by utilizing the institutional landscape in the US. Meanwhile, it will highlight the art museum education shortcomings in South Africa in the hope that they can be addressed and this development can be plausibly examined in the near future.