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Faculty & Student Resources

 

 

GW faculty and students from all disciplines are encouraged to use our collections, educational programs, and professional expertise to support their teaching, learning, and career development.

 

Gallery Visits

You can arrange a group visit to our galleries to explore current exhibitions and study works on view by contacting Customer Service Coordinator Sarah Farver. Guided tours are available by appointment.

Collections Access

Students and faculty have access to tens of thousands of artworks and artifacts beyond what is on display in the galleries. You can schedule a class visit to our research centers at the museum on the Foggy Bottom Campus, and to our collections center on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus.

Libraries

You can bring a class or conduct your own research the museum’s Arthur D. Jenkins Library on global textiles or the library at the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies.

Student Opportunities 

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Work With Us

Beyond class visits and research support, the museum provides GW students with professional development opportunities. Part-time paid positions and internships provide hands-on learning and career training.
 

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Propose an Event

Student groups can propose a cultural or arts event to be hosted at the museum during public hours.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty from across the GW community can partner with us on unique projects to enhance teaching, research, and professional growth. Contact Lori Kartchner, curator of education, to begin a conversation about your idea.

  • Faculty-led programs
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    Faculty-led programs

    Jennifer Brinkerhoff from GW’s Diaspora Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs partnered with the museum to bring diaspora research to a broader public through educational programs and a published catalogue in support of the exhibition Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora.

  • Exhibition design
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    Exhibition design

    Graduate students in visiting professor Barbara Brennan’s exhibition design course at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design collaborated with curators to gain practical experience designing an exhibition with real artworks in mind.

  • Curatorial experience
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    Curatorial experience

    Undergraduate students in professor Denver Brunsman’s advanced history course helped curate the exhibition George Washington and His World, working with Assistant Curator Jackie Streker to select, research, and write labels for the objects on display.

  • Creative projects
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    Creative projects

    Students and alumni from the New Media Photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design produced short films about cotton, wool, and other textile materials and techniques for the museum’s interactive Textiles 101 gallery.

  • Exhibition research
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    Exhibition research

    Inspired by professor Bibiana Obler’s exhibition and courses on Fast Fashion/Slow Art, students and staff from GW’s Office of Sustainability and the Corcoran joined with the museum to develop educational programming on campus focused on sustainability in the textile industry.