Expanding the Frame of University Learning

Increasing numbers of university instructors are integrating UMMA's collections into their courses in exciting and creative ways. Instructors and students tell us what it's been like.

With the beginning of a new term at the University, UMMA enters ths third year of its Mellon Foundation-supported campus outreach initatives. Last year, class-related visits to the Musuem increased by nearly 25%, doubling the number of student visits in the initative's first year. Behind the total of 4,725 student-visitors last year, there are compelling stories of powerful experiences with works of art that both transformed classroom learning and turned large numbers of undergraduates into lifetime appreciatiors of the arts. For this look back at last year's campus engagement, we highlight the experiences of some of the instructors and students who visited UMMA with university classes last year.

"It was a very unique opportunity to be able to analyze a set of paintings through the lens of themes we discussed in our course. Comparing the literary characteristics of a demon with the visual characteristics of a demon allowed me to think more critically about how a demonic figure is represented in both mediums. Discussing the literary representation of the uncanny and comparing it to the visual representation of the uncanny, provided me with a greater depth of understanding of this theory and how it can be used to interpret works of art."

Julia Kortberg, Sophomore, German and Organizational
Studies, Course: Introduction to Literary Studies: Dreamers, Detectings, and Demons


"In historical studies, there is nothing better than the feel of working with originals. The fact that digital images are available at one's fingertips hasn't changed the lure of objects from the time period under discussion, be it the Reformation, as in my class, or any other. Introducing students to the rich treasure trove of prints in the Museum's collections was the high point of the semester. The change of venue, the different dynamic, as well as the experience outside the classroom are part of a novel experience—crucial to fostering a sense of appreciation for the past and to triggering questions or novel forms of engagement. It was a learning experience for all of us."

Helmut Puff, Professor of Germanic Languages
and Literatures, History, and Women’s Studies,
Course: Martin Luther’s Reformation

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UMMA's increased outreach on campus, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has resulted in significantly more class visits to the Museum.  UMMA welcomed 77 class visits during 2012, 153 class visits in 2013, and 209 class visits in 2014.