Joyce Ice, director of the Art Museum of West Virginia University, and Bernie Schultz, director of Education and External Affairs for the museum, presented a joint paper at the Annual Conference of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

The conference took place at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on April 28.

The theme of the 2012 conference was “Tools of Engagement: Securing Commitment on Campus.”

Their joint paper was on the creation of the Art Museum of WVU. It examined the leading role of the WVU Office of the Provost and College of Creative Arts in the planning process of the new museum.

In addition, their presentation outlined the variety of ways in which WVU has generously contributed in support of the planned museum, including the private support of the museum and the organization of a Friends group of more than 150 members in advance of the museum’s opening. The presentation also discussed how the museum serves to advance the strategic goals of the University.

The conference precedes the opening of the American Association of Museums meetings in Minneapolis, which attracts more than 3,000 museum professionals from both domestically and internationally. While Dr. Ice regularly serves on the association’s accreditation-visiting committees, this was Dr. Schultz’s first presentation at a national museum conference.

Ice joined the WVU community in January 2009. Formerly, she was director of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M., for nine years where she oversaw numerous international exhibitions and accompanying publications as well as an award-winning school program. In 2009, she served as editor for a collection of essays, “On Collecting: From Private to Public,” from the University of Washington Press. She is a graduate of WVU and the University of Texas, Austin.

Schultz is the immediate past dean of WVU’s College of Creative Arts and has also served as head of the School of Art & Design and associate dean of the College of Creative Arts. He is widely known as co-author of the influential Art History textbook, “Art Past/ Art Present,” now in its sixth edition. His publications also include pedagogical Study Guides for Art History, and numerous articles and book reviews. Schultz has received the Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice at WVU, the Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts for the State of West Virginia, and in 2009 was named to the Commission on the Arts in West Virginia.


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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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