The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence is seeking applications for a nine-month Samuel H. Kress Art Museum Fellowship. The Kress Interpretive Fellow will work with Spencer Museum of Art staff to create and implement new and existing interpretive materials, with a focus on digital applications, to expand the reach and accessibility of the Spencer’s interpretive efforts. Facilitating experiences for visitors with varying needs and abilities is high priority for the Spencer. The Fellow will gain experiences in creating interpretive materials, both digital and analog, for a range of audiences.
As an academic art museum and cultural resource for the Midwest region, the Spencer Museum of Art’s interpretation is designed to directly serve a diverse range of audiences. The Fellow will contribute to the Museum’s established and emerging interpretative initiatives. Foremost amongst the Fellow’s responsibilities will be assisting with the implementation of digital approaches to interpretation, particularly through the Spencer’s recently created mobile app. Mobile app content revolves largely around the Museum’s exhibitions and is designed to enhance the gallery experience by providing additional layers of interpretive content. As such, the Fellow will work with both curatorial and education staff to develop multimedia content for the app, ranging from texts to audio content for visually impaired and blind visitors. The Fellow will also work with staff to craft content about collection objects, including past conservation projects, to share through the mobile app. Other digital projects may include the development of new iBooks for the in-gallery iPad stations that offer another platform for delivering interpretive content.
In addition to advancing the Museum’s digital initiatives, the Fellow will gain experience with a range of interpretive activities, including leading tours, developing and delivering other educational programs, writing and editing label text, and creating printed materials. The Fellow will also play a key role in helping apply the Spencer’s new interpretive plan to cross-departmental work.
For more information about this position and the application process, please visit https://spencerart.ku.edu/employment
Director of Education
The University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
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