Academic Collaborations

GW students in the "Textiles and Politics" graduate seminar in February 2011.
GW students in the "Textiles and Politics" graduate seminar in February 2011.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum's unites art, history, and culture—providing opportunities for broad academic engagement across disciplines, including courses, seminars, research projects, and digital learning for students, faculty, and the general public. A vibrant array of public programs, such as performances, lectures, and demonstrations enliven museum collections for audiences within and beyond the university. 

For the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection serves as a resource for students and faculty in such fields as history, American studies, and geography, while The Textile Museum Collection enriches the fields of anthropology, fine arts, art history, and interior design, among others. The international nature of The Textile Museum collections, and the institution’s ties to the diplomatic community, invite collaborative opportunities through such entities as GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. 

The university’s existing art and humanities collection—nearly 4,000 pieces of sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, and decorative art objects—is also be among the cultural resources available for study and inspiration. 

A university museum is a powerful resource for students in every major. The museum provides hands-on learning for students from GW’s renowned graduate programs in museum studies and museum education. Exhibition tours, behind-the-scenes access, and opportunities for collections research benefit students from other GW academic programs. 

Faculty members who are interested in academic collaboration opportunities with the museum are invited to contact Ana Kiss, special assistant to the director, at [email protected].

GW Graduate Programs

Students Take New Museum Into Their Own Hands

GW museum studies program offers professional experience designing exhibits, fundraising for the new museum.