Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

C-J Extra Q&A: Catching Up with the Curator of Mulvane Art Museum

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

C-J Extra Q&A: Catching Up with the Curator of Mulvane Art Museum

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Julia Myers believes that the more time you spend with art, the more you get out of it. The Mulvane Art Museum curator hand-picked the pieces shown in the current exhibition, "Masters of the Mulvane," as she does frequently with exhibitions composed of pieces from the museum's collection of more than 3,200 items.

The museum relies on director Connie Gibbons and Myers to locate and purchase the art of young, up-and-coming artists before it goes out of the museum's price range. With her office beginning to fill with pieces for the next show, Myers sat down with The Capital- Journal to answer a few questions about what goes on behind the scenes at Mulvane.

How far ahead do you plan out your exhibitions?

Myers: On Friday we are having a meeting to solidify our 2015 schedule, and we also have some shows scheduled for 2016. If you want to borrow a work of art from the Spencer Art Museum, they want to know a year in advance, so ideally we would be projecting these shows two years in advance, but the director has been here a year and I've been here less than a year, and so we haven't been able to build up the schedule years in advance yet, but we will definitely be doing that.

You have talked about donations, but I know you purchase things as well. Can you tell me about that?

Myers: We don't have a big budget for purchasing. In fact, as museums go, we have a very small budget. But previous directors have been very strategic in their purchases, because not only is this a museum for the community but it's also a university museum. When people study our history at Washburn, they come here to look at the art for real as opposed to just looking at pictures, so a lot of the directors have made a point of buying works of art that are historical representative. We are very happy not only to take students into our collection storage, but if there's a special group or a researcher or even a random citizen interested in a particular piece of art, we are happy to pull it out and show it to them. …

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