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.
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.
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.
Artist visits, workshops and lectures are an integral part of museum programming. With the assistance of the NMU Mediasite, we are now able to offer video recordings of lectures. Please visit the NMU Mediasite page to see the entire archive of lectures since 2008.
In addition to the online database (found on the permanent collection page), the museum's collection of over 1,500 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.
Gallery exhibitions 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 in and outside of the humanities. Rotating exhibitions allow for opportunities to explore special topics in depth.
The DeVos Art Museum provides federal work-study & internship positions for Northern Michigan University students throughout the year, giving students first-hand experience in all aspects of museum operation. Contact us for more information or to fill out an application.
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.