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University Faculty & Staff

Each year thousands of faculty and students from across the University use the diverse resources of the Museum to enhance their courses. The breadth of the collection, spanning seven thousand years and six continents, provides unique opportunities for teaching and research. This cross-curricular learning is achieved through class visits at all levels, Museum-based courses, and exhibitions organized in collaboration with faculty and students. The Luna Insight digital database is an excellent resource for exploring the Johnson Museum’s collection and selecting works of art for course use; images of more than 22,000 works of art are now online.


Call for Museum Course Proposals

The Johnson Museum of Art seeks proposals from Cornell faculty interested in developing innovative, collections-based courses to be co-taught with Museum staff.  Beginning in Spring 2014, curriculum development grants of $1,500 will be available to faculty who wish to partner with Museum staff to develop and teach new interdisciplinary courses. One course will be offered each semester, beginning in Fall 2015 and continuing through Spring 2018.  

Download the complete call for proposals here. Read more about the Museum’s “Connecting Research with Practice” initiative, funded by a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, here.


Museum Sessions for Courses

Museum staff collaborate with faculty to develop class sessions that use art from the collection and exhibitions to enrich course curricula and actively engage students. Self-guided tours in the galleries can also be arranged. Small course-related study gallery installations can be requested for a period of two to three weeks to allow for extended viewing and research. One semester advance notice is required to organize study gallery installations. These requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pedagogical Workshops for Faculty

Museum staff are eager to work with faculty to explore new ways to use the collection. These pedagogical workshops include an introduction to the collections and Museum resources; techniques and strategies for teaching with original works of art; and how to develop and schedule Museum sessions for courses across the disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Collaborations

The Museum is a venue for collaborations with faculty on exhibitions, symposia, lectures, projects, and programs. Recent interdisciplinary collaborations have included Associate Professor Kaja McGowan’s course “Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance,” which provided opportunities for students to research and install an exhibition of shadow puppets and related works of art in the Asian galleries. More collaborations are detailed here.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Faculty members from a variety of disciplines serve on the committee and interact with Museum staff to generate new ideas about how the Museum can be an even more effective learning resource on campus.

Visiting Artist Program

The Visiting Artist Program brings artists to campus for lectures, studio visits, and discussions with students and faculty, often in connection with exhibitions. These visits, along with other lectures and gallery talks by distinguished curators, specialists, and art historians, are posted in the calendar section.

Learning Resources

Independent Research: Appointments to view works of art for scholarly purposes can be arranged by contacting the collection curators:
Ellen Avril: Asian collection
Nancy Green: European and American prints and drawings, 1800–1945
Andrea Inselmann: Contemporary art and photography
Andy Weislogel: European art before 1800; other areas of the collection

Visible storage gallery: More than one thousand works of art from the African, pre-Columbian, Asian, and decorative arts collections are now on view on Floor 2L.