Mission and Practice at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art
By providing our communities with meaningful opportunities to utilize art as a window into critical thinking, a mode of posing questions, a way of materializing ideas and a mechanism to catalyze conversations between and across disciplines, the Teaching Museum of Art supports the mission, purpose and goals of Augustana College. By bringing the visual arts to the heart of the Augustana experience and seeking to better understand the world through the medium of visual art, the collections, study spaces, exhibitions and programming are used to provoke curiosity, inquiry and collaborative learning, as well as provide a mechanism for insight and contemplation.
The museum director reports directly to the provost of the college and works with the Teaching Museum of Art Advisory Board to ensure compliance with these and other college policies.
As part of its stewardship of the art collection of the college, the Teaching Museum of Art will maintain a schedule of exhibitions of works either held by or loaned to the college, the display of which offers opportunities to engage the campus and surrounding communities with the scholarly, cultural and creative resources of Augustana faculty, students, staff and alumni. Exhibition themes will be chosen in consultation with the Museum Advisory Board, in part based on the likelihood of engaging academic departments both in and outside of the Division of Fine and Performing Arts.
In general, the Centennial Hall Upper and Lower Galleries will provide the venue for no fewer than three exhibitions per academic year. The Permanent Collection Art Gallery will exhibit works for the period of an entire academic year, chosen for their ability to augment the Liberal Studies-First Year and related General Education programs of the college. Additional spaces on campus will be identified for small-scale exhibitions curated by various members of the Augustana community, in consultation with the museum director. The cabinet will have the authority to mediate questions related to the use of such spaces.