Arts and history bring Marjorie & Emily to their first year in the Museum Science and Management program

Marjorie and Emily are first-years in the Museum Science and Management program. Both are driven by different subjects in the museum world and bring necessary insight to their proposed interests of work.

Marjorie Bontemps 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where are you originally from?

I’ve lived here for quite some time now, Tulsa is home.

What made you interested in the Museum Science and Management (MSM) program at the University of Tulsa?

For some time now, I have been thinking of going back to school. Although I was accepted to the Human Relations program at OU-Tulsa, I knew I wanted to be in a master program that focused toward museum studies. During a conversation at a curator’s fête, it was mentioned that TU offers a master’s program in Museum Science Studies. I was convinced right away this program would be the right fit for me.

What are you most excited about within the MSM program?

Meeting with the founding Director of the program Dr. Pickering. As he informed me about the design of the program, I was excited to hear the type of courses the program offers and combining with the anthropology program. This program has all the courses and more that I’m interested in to achieve my goal as a professional art curator. Today, living in a contemporary world, museums and art galleries are changing. It’s been a great learning experience to learn about the fundamental practice of museums operations. I am an artist, and I’m passionate about supporting other artists. I am looking forward to doing a curatorial internship at a museum.

What makes you a good fit for the program?

I completed my undergraduate degree in Classics with an emphasis in Antiquity and Art History at the University of Oklahoma. I’ve also spent many years supporting art organizations in various capacities, whether serving as a board of directors, to serving as a chair of committee art programs and art events, including jurying and curating art shows. Academically I know this was a perfect match for me.

What are your goals upon graduating?

With God’s grace, to continue with my PhD studies. Later on, to work as a curator and continue to evolve as an artist.

What is your dream job in the museum industry?

To be an exhibition curator and working with museum collections.

What do you like about Tulsa so far?

I’ve lived here for quite some time now and I’m invested in the art community; it’s nice to see the growth! I’m also happy that Tulsa has the Tulsa Artist Fellowship program. Having the fellows here has certainly contributed in cultivating the Tulsa art scene.

Where do you hope to be in five years, city-wise?

Hmmm, we shall see!

Hobbies?

When I have some free time, as an artist, I’d like to continue working on my photography project. I enjoy traveling, reading, poetry, attending art shows, and getting together with artist-friends and be a mentor to emerging artists. Every now and then I’ll learn a new language.

Any other information you wish people to know about you?

I am passionate about people and the arts. I love seeing how the arts can be used as a platform to engage, educate and bridge cultures all around us.

 

Emily Moore- Hammill 

Emily Hammill first-year in the Museum Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Emily and her husband)

Where are you originally from?

I was born in North Richland Hills, Texas, but I grew up in Owasso, Oklahoma.

What made you interested in the Museum Science and Management (MSM) program at the University of Tulsa?

I have always been aware that the University of Tulsa had a MSM program. I knew that that was the best program for me– the most experience, top professors, and the curriculum truly excited me! I had dreamed of going to TU, I just never thought that I would have this amazing opportunity!

What are you most excited about within the MSM program?

The opportunity to work hands-on with what museum professionals face every day. I also love the fact that we learn about the different tracks in the program other than the one that we personally choose. I am also excited about the internship!

What makes you a good fit for the program?

All of my life I knew that I wanted to be a part of something that took care of our past. I have a Bachelors Degree in Military History, which helped me define what time frame I wanted to specialize in. The ability to learn about our past only furthered my interest in keeping its memory alive. Preserving artifacts and learning to properly care for them is what I hope to be a major part of upon graduating. Along with Collections Care, I also like to be a Curator at some point later in my career. The ability to display an artifact in such a manner that could interest anyone drives me. I am a hard worker, and love learning new things! This program allows me to learn how to be both an excellent Collections Care worker and take a glimpse into what the both Administration and the Education aspects of a museum must know in order to be successful.

What are your goals upon graduating?

I would be thrilled to be working in a museum in Oklahoma and to begin my journey working in Collections Care.

What is your dream job in the museum industry?

My dream job would have to involve working at a living history site such as Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Another dream would be being a part of the staff at Mount Vernon and becoming their Collections Manager.

Where do you hope to be in five years, city-wise?

I don’t have a preference on a city that I would like to live in, but I would love living anywhere near the mountains or on the east coast!

Hobbies?

I enjoy spending time with family and going to church on Sundays. I also love drinking coffee on my back porch, annoying my friends with historical facts, playing with my pets, and watching Game of Thrones or cooking shows.

Something interesting about you?

I am a newlywed! My husband and I tied the knot on October 14, 2017.