Educational Opportunities at
The DeVos Art Museum
The K-12 education program at The DeVos Art Museum aims to create connections between the University community and students and teachers in the Marquette area through educational outreach. The museum strives to encourage exploration and understanding of contemporary art, culture and society through programs designed to assist with the learning process and existing curricula.
Led by a dedicated team of volunteer docents, one temporary exhibition or one permanent collection exhibition per school year is highlighted. Using the themes in the selected exhibition, the docents develop and lead classes on tours through the exhibition and facilitate a related art activity. Exhibitions highlighted in the past have included a range of themes and activities from American paintings on loan from the Detroit Institute of Art to The Art of the Guitar.
The DeVos Art Museum hopes to broaden K-12 educational activities by developing more frequent programming in the museum as well as a pilot program connecting Art Education students with public schools by bringing art into the classroom. Check back for updates on this program as it develops.
For more information on K-12 Education or to add your school
to the mailing list for the docent outreach program, please contact Suzy Swanson in the School of Art and Design office
University Faculty and Students and General Public
As an educational facility, The DeVos Art Museum also aims to provide Northern Michigan University faculty, students and the general public the opportunity to experience original works of art firsthand. Museum staff is available to meet with NMU faculty to provide ideas of how the Museum can be a valuable teaching tool by connecting course work with exhibitions.
The DeVos Art Museum also offers the following educational programs:
Visiting artist programming takes place throughout the academic year, including public lectures, one-on-one critiques and class visits. Exhibition-related programming, hands-on workshops, film screenings and special tours happen throughout the year. Please visit the museum homepage for the latest schedule of events.
The museum's two exhibition galleries are designed to engage visitors in an active dialogue with original works of art. The variety and breadth of the permanent collection, from 20th Century editorial illustration to Japanese art and artifacts allow for ample opportunities for creating connections with course work in many areas including visual arts, history, the sciences, education, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. The rotating exhibitions allow for opportunities to explore special topics in depth. To schedule a guided tour for your group, please call the School of Art and Design at 906-227-2194.
In addition to the online database (found on the permanent collection page), the museum's collection of over 1,000 objects are available for NMU faculty to view by appointment. NMU faculty are also welcome to schedule class visits to view specific objects by appointment. Please call 906-227-1481 to schedule a viewing.
The DeVos Art Museum provides work-study positions for Northern Michigan University students throughout the year, giving students first-hand experience in all aspects of museum operation. For more information or to fill out an application, contact the School of Art and Design at 906-227-2194.
Volunteer Opportunities for Students
Administrative, curatorial and research-based volunteer opportunities are available throughout the academic year. Undergraduate and graduate students should apply to the School of Art and Design office. Positions will be filled as museum needs arise. For more information contact the School of Art and Design at 906-227-2194.