Academic Engagement

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“The Lowe is not just an art museum. It is a center for learning and engagement.” – Jill Deupi, J.D., Ph.D., Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator 
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“The Lowe is an inspiring resource for faculty and students from all academic disciplines.” – Christina Larson, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Academic Engagement.
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ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT

The Lowe is a laboratory for learning; a place for engagement and enrichment; and a site for self-discovery. College faculty and students are invited to use the Lowe's collection and exhibitions in creative ways to complement course topics and learning objectives. The Lowe's museum educators collaborate with faculty to provide active, object-based learning experiences for students from all disciplines.

PLEASE READ OUR RETURN TO CAMPUS AND MUSEUM GUIDELINES

  • To discuss engagement options, to schedule plans, or to ask questions about the Lowe’s online collection database, please contact: Christina Larson, Ph.D. Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Academic Engagement, (305) 284-4095 clarson@miami.edu

ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT FOR FACULTY

  • The Lowe Art Museum encourages faculty and students to engage with its collection, exhibitions, and programs. Connect with others and explore contemporary culture through 5,000 years of human creativity. Click here for the “Learning with the Lowe: Guide for Faculty.” 

Benefits of Engaging with Art

  • Nurtures an appreciation for cultural differences. 
  • Enhances observation skills. 
  • Cultivates focused attention through slow looking. 
  • Fosters communication skills and teamwork. 
  • Promotes dialogue and collaboration among students. 
  • Encourages creative problem solving. 
  • Creates respect for different points of view. 
  • Builds connections between the academic course and material culture. 
  • Increases students’ self-awareness as learners. 

Object-based Learning 

  • Object-based learning methodologies are central to how the Lowe engages with faculty and college students. Please see this overview on object-based learning developed at the University of Miami.  

Scheduling Academic Engagement Experiences 

  • We invite you to consider how engaging with the Lowe can help you achieve your teaching and learning goals. 

Engagement Options: 

  • Curriculum-based Digital Engagement (Group Virtual Visit)
    • Co-facilitated with faculty and Lowe Education Department.
    • 6 business days advance notice.
  • Curriculum-based Museum Visit (Small groups; comply with all COVID-19 Guidelines of the Lowe
    • Online intro co-facilitated with  Lowe Education Department.
    • Self-guided visit with assignment.
    • 6 business days advance notice.
  • Student Museum Visit (Individual In-person Visit)
    • Self-guided.
    • 3 business days advance notice.
Scheduling Requirements:
  • Preference of online (Digital Engagement) or in-person (Museum Visit) 
  • Complete class roster and number of students 
  • Department, course number, and course title 
  • Preferred options for date and time of visit 
  • If known, topic or theme related  
  • If known, objects or types of objects  
  • Possible date(s) for a planning meeting with Lowe staff 
  • A planning meeting with Lowe staff is an important step to ensure an excellent curricular experience for your students 

Curriculum-based Digital Engagement 

The Lowe Art Museum is prepared to continue our work with faculty and students virtually. Supporting you and your students through our work in the digital realm enables the Museum to abide fully by UM’s de-densification and related health and safety protocols while providing unique engagement opportunities, including access to objects that are ordinarily off view. A Curriculum-based Digital Engagement experience involves the following:

  • Planning meeting with a colleague from the Lowe’s Education Department to discuss your course and to identify your objectives for digital engagement.
  • Guided virtual interactive discussions using works of art from the Lowe's permanent collection or exhibitions that connect with course curricula, themes, or topics.
  • Collections-based assignments to be completed by students either online or in-person at the Lowe. We encourage faculty to use the Lowe’s permanent collection and exhibitions for class assignments before, during, or after your museum engagement. We can work with you in developing these curriculum-based assignments for your students.

Curriculum-based Museum Visit 

The Lowe is available for in-person Curriculum-based Museum Visits for faculty and students. This type of academic engagement will involve the following process: 

  • Planning meeting with a colleague from the Lowe’s Education Department to discuss your course and to identify your objectives for the museum visit. 
  • Pre-visit virtual introduction to familiarize faculty and students with the Lowe, the objectives of the visit, and protocols for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Development of assignment with Lowe staff and faculty to aid student learning.
  • Museum Visit that is tailored to your course topics and learning objectives.
  • Post-visit virtual de-brief to synthesize experiences from the visit, how the visit related to course content, and feedback from faculty and students. 

Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (“DEAI”) 

  • The Lowe is committed to ensuring that all people feel welcome. It is equally dedicated to providing visitors with the tools they need to maximize opportunities for education, enrichment, engagement, and enjoyment through the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs.

CAS / Lowe Faculty Liaison Committee

  • CAS and Lowe Faculty Liaison Committee aim to create a stronger partnership between CAS faculty and the Lowe Art Museum through object-based learning, research, and scholarship. The committee gathers once per semester to share information and to identify opportunities for collaboration. CAS faculty members serve on the committee for three years.
  • Ex Officio: Jill Deupi (Lowe Art Museum); Jennifer Ferriss-Hill (Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences); Christina Larson (Lowe Art Museum and University Libraries); Mark Osterman (Lowe Art Museum).
  • CAS Faculty Committee Members (2019 – 2022): Chantal Acevedo (English); Edmund Abaka (History); Jennifer Burke (Theatre); Julia Dallman (Biology); Massimiliano Galeazzi (Physics); Marc Knecht (Chemistry); Lillian Manzor (Modern Languages and Literatures); Mitsu Ogihara (Computer Science); Will Pestle (Anthropology); Justin Ritzinger (Religious Studies); Kiara Timpano (Psychology); Nathan Timpano (Art and Art History); Han Tran (Classics)  

CREATE  (Cultural Resources | Engagement | Academics | Technology | Enrichment) 

  • Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CREATE Grants support faculty projects that enhance learning and engagement at the University of Miami and feature its cultural resources. Awards made under this program are intended to promote the integration of artworks, artifacts, and archival materials in the University of Miami's Libraries and Lowe Art Museum's permanent collections into object-based teaching, learning, and scholarship. To apply for a CREATE grant or to view past projects, please go to the CREATE  website. 

 ArtLab @ the Lowe 

  • During the Spring semester, the Lowe partners with a University of Miami faculty member and their students to curate an exhibition as part of the annual ArtLab @the Lowe. Students select a theme for their exhibition and choose objects to research from collections at the Lowe, Special Collections, the Cuban Heritage Collection, or University Archives. This hands-on opportunity teaches students how to curate a museum show from start to finish.  
  • Please click here to see the example of ArtLab @ the Lowe 2020: 11 Intervisual Cubans 
    Dr. Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Founding Director, Cuban Theater Digital Archive; and University of Miami Student Curators of the Online Exhibition.

Exhibitions and Public Programs 

  • The Lowe organizes exhibitions and public programs throughout the year. Please consult the Lowe’s website or Facebook page for additional information. You may also register for the Lowe’s mailing list here.

Research 

We are happy to provide access to images from the Lowe’s collection for research purposes. We can also meet with you to discuss your research interests. 


ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS:

The Lowe Art Museum encourages students to engage with its collection, exhibitions, and programs. Connect with others and explore contemporary culture through 5,000 years of human creativity. What ignites your curiosity and inspires you?  

For more information about the Lowe’s online collection, research recommendations, or becoming involved as a member of the Student ‘Cane Ambassadors for Lowe Enrichment (SCALE), please contact: Christina Larson, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Academic Engagement (305) 284-4095 clarson@miami.edu

Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (“DEAI”) 

  • The Lowe is committed to ensuring that all people feel welcome. It is equally dedicated to providing visitors with the tools they need to maximize opportunities for education, enrichment, engagement, and enjoyment through the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs. 

Research 

We are happy to provide access to images from the Lowe’s collection for research purposes. We can also meet with you to discuss your research interests. 

 Other Tips: 

  • Attempt to gather information that is specific to the artwork you are researching 
  • If specific information is unavailable, research comparative art objects: 
    • By the same artist or culture 
    • From a similar time period 
    • Of similar subject matter 
    • Made of comparable material 

Internship Program (under development)

  • The Lowe Art Museum Paid Internship Program is a competitive, university, and community-wide program that awards paid internships to outstanding candidates engaged in interdisciplinary research and practice. These internships provide superb opportunities for participating in all aspects of museum work in small, dynamic departments and interacting with staff across the institution and the public. The program supports candidates’ professional development in undertaking novel, cutting-edge research while pursuing questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries in museum contexts.  
  • Internships may also be taken for course academic credit at the University of Miami through the Toppel Career Center or through the College of Arts and Sciences ASPIRE internship program. Interns from outside the University of Miami who would like to take an internship for academic credit are encouraged to work with their institutions’ internship programs. 

Student ‘Cane Ambassadors for Lowe Enrichment (SCALE) 

  • The Lowe is inviting undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines to join its group Student ‘Cane Ambassadors for Lowe Enrichment (SCALE). This group meets about once per month during the academic year to promote the Lowe’s programs and exhibitions as well as to “weigh in” on these initiatives. 

Exhibitions and Public Programs 

  • The Lowe organizes exhibitions and public programs throughout the year. Please consult the Lowe’s website or Facebook page for additional information. You may also register for the Lowe’s mailing list by clicking here.