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Partners and Programs

Each April through September, the Kennedy Museum of Art features Merging Concepts, a transdisciplinary exhibition curated, organized, designed and installed by Ohio University students in the Museum Studies Certificate program. Objects on exhibit represent various collections from University units including Kennedy Museum of Art, The Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, the Ohio University Vertebrate Collections and Paleobiology Specimen Preparation Facility, and the Southeast Ohio History Center. This is the capstone project for the Museum Studies course series led by Ed Pauley. Kudos to Jeff Carr for the visually appealing professional installations.

Many thanks to the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Society for holding a highly successful outdoor Museum Complex Bio-Blast science outreach event in Spring 2018. Over 70 participants joined the fun, conducting biological survey activities on 13 plots across The Ridges. One team discovered over 92 species during the morning hike! Stay tuned for news about the next Bio-Blast event on April 28, 2019.

In the Fall, families enjoyed an outdoor educational program on ornithology led by curator Kelly Williams. In this Navigation Station event, dozens of participants engaged in an outdoor learning exercise about birds, solving puzzles using compasses to navigate between traffic cone stations to learn fascinating facts about bird migration!

​In other news, the Museum Complex has partnered with the Office of Sustainability and Julie Elman’s Creative Spring Studios to collect unwanted posters at the 2018 Student Expo, envisioning them as raw materials to be upcycled into artwork…stay tuned for the fruits of that project to be displayed at next year’s Student Expo, and don’t be surprised to see something turn up in a future exhibition.

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After the expo... What do I do with my poster? Why not upcycle is! Make the expo more sustainable; support creative activity by donating your poster to be upcycled into art; leave your poster in one of the bins by the exits! OHIO Museum Complex

Congrats to Sarah Wyatt on the recent Compass story on her exciting research, and pioneering outreach…literally out of this world!

And see the Perspectives cover story on John Bowditch’s extraordinary GRID lab, their recent showcase drew a phenomenal crowd!

In case you missed it, Compass featured Danny Twilley’s work on the Bailey Trail System, a wellness-oriented outdoor recreation project.

And see also this article on Julie Elman’s Creative Spring Studios, fostering imagination.

Kudos to Geoff Dabelko, who recently traveled to Washington DC to receive the Al-Moumin Award and Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Peacebuilding.

In other news, Bob Klein was recently named Dean of Ohio University’s Eastern Campus.

These accomplishments just begin to illustrate how curator contributes to Ohio University and the transdisciplinary scope of the Museum Complex initiative.

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