Meet museum science & management students Skylar Edwards & Caitlin Barry

Skylar Edwards and Caitlin Barry have joined the MSM program this past semester, further adding a more diverse set of skills to the program. Skylar is heading down the Education track, while Caitlin leans more towards the Administration aspect of the program. Both ladies are more than delightful and will prove to be excellent members of the museum community upon graduating.

 

Skylar Edwards

Skylar Edwards Museum Science & Management student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Pictured on the right)

Where are you originally from?

Northwest Arkansas, graduated in December of 2016 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

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

The Masters of Museum Science and Management at the University of Tulsa will provide the ideal training ground for the next phase of my museum career. This collaborative and internship-based program allows me to further pursue my interests in the fundamental workings of museum education. Partnerships with neighboring institutions, such as the Gilcrease Museum, will enable me to gain institutional practice. Moreover, the focus on object-based learning aligns closely with my own ambitions in informal education. In this program, I will develop the skills of interpretation while exploring the range of techniques appropriate to museum education.

What are you most excited about within the MSM program?

I am most excited for the hands-on projects the MSM courses will provide, such as the evaluation project of the Kravis Discovery Center for the Gilcrease Center.

What makes you a good fit for the program?

As a museum professional, I intend to cultivate new audiences and enrich visitor experiences by leading interactive gallery and studio-based programs. My interest in this career path was sparked by my first internship experience at Crystal Bridges American Art Museum, and I have since gone on to pursue numerous other internships and training opportunities. Because of its collaboration with surrounding institutions and focus on informal learning techniques, the Masters of Museum Science and Management at Tulsa University is the exemplary program for me to prepare my professional goals.

What is your dream job in the museum industry?

I envision a career within a department of education, specializing in interactive and inclusive programming. In this role, I would create an inclusive museum environment, in which the scholarly work of the curatorial staff is accessible to as wide a range of audiences as possible. I am particularly interested in developing workshops that include ESL learners and people with special disabilities, such as individuals with low sight. These programs are essential to a healthy museum, because they connect a diverse audience to visual culture, grow relationships within the community, and inspire the next generation of makers.

My ambition to expand the reach of museum programming to these audiences grew out of my undergraduate studies as well as copious internships. Developing and following curriculum using new technology for the Public Programs Department at Crystal Bridges enriched my understanding of interpretive guest experience. Applying training with the disability awareness group, Art Beyond Sight shaped my ambition for inclusion to the in-gallery guest experience. Creating and executing gallery talks at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum allowed me to engage guests with history and art in a meaningful way. I aided in the institutional design to personalize historical trauma, through the facilitation of school tours and survivor interviews. This experience molded an objective for hands-on and technology-based learning for school groups. Advancing this ambition, I began marketing for the Scott Family Amazeum. My interests germinated as I assisted in the generation of an inclusion program for the Scott Family Amazeum Children’s Museum.

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

What I like about this career path, is that you never know where it will take you! I am excited to move around and to explore the country following my Master’s degree.

Hobbies?

I read a TON, for research and fun. My favorite genre for a bit of light reading is young adult fiction and fantasy. A recent read was The Master and Margarita, a Fantasy novel by Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. Other hobbies include coffee, cardio and calligraphy.

 

 

Caitlin Barry 

Caitlin Barry Museum Science & Management student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland but I grew up in Northern Ireland.

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

I have had a passion for museums since I was a little girl and upon reading the description of this course and realizing the opportunities this course has to offer me, I realized this was the course and career path for me.

What are you most excited about within the MSM program?

I am extremely excited about the internship aspect of my course. Being an international student makes this even more exciting as I could have the opportunity to undertake an internship in the USA or I could go back home to the United Kingdom.

What makes you a good fit for the program?

I am an extremely hard worker and I work well within a team and these are two essential qualities if you want to make it as a museum professional.

What are your goals upon graduating?

My goals upon graduation are to hopefully become a museum professional on the administrative side of a museum.

What is your dream job in the museum industry?

My dream job in a museum would to eventually become a museum director.

What do you like about Tulsa so far?

I love the people of Tulsa; they are the kindest and most welcoming people I have ever come across. I am also looking forward to exploring more of the museums Tulsa has to offer.

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

The dream would be to still be in the United States and be working in New York or Washington D.C.

Hobbies?

Rowing, I am currently a member of the University of Tulsa’s women’s rowing team.