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Museum Visit

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FC: Harn Museum of Art Gainesville Florida

1: These are description plaques the text of which is written by the various curators at our museum. They include: title of the piece, acquisition type, date or time period with which it is associated, history and the donor. | Each display has one of these plaques either next to the it if it is mounted on the wall or inside the case if the display is on the floor. At larger museums, the Education Department would handle this, at small to mid-sized museums the curators do it. Each curator handles the plaques for his/her own department (Asian art, African art, Modern art Photography etc.). These plaques are a visible product of the curators' work (other than acquiring the pieces themselves).

2: On top is a table displaying membership applications and upcoming special events. The bottom picture is the donations box, suggesting a $5 donation from each visitor. Both contribute to fund raising and are the responsibility of the Director of Development at the Harn. Both are means to generate revenue from the community and outside sources.

3: These are two of the many displays set up by the preparators. They physically set up the exhibits and hang and take down paintings. Evidence of their work is seen throughout the building, as they are responsible for the assembly of all displays.

4: This is a water feature under the bridge leading to the entrance of the museum. In the pool are a series of islands with plants in them. They both are the responsibility of the Facilities Coordinator and the landscaping crew. They also physically maintain the building itself.

5: This is the museum library; they call it the Bishop Study Center or BSC. It is operated by the BSC Manager, She is a generalist who serves as the Librarian, Volunteer Coordinator and the Preparator of the "hands on" exhibit seen on the right.

6: This is the Museum Store. Along with the Help Desk staff the Store Manager and the clerks serve as the "face of the museum." The SM is in charge of store inventory and maintenance. It is one of the most important PR roles in the museum. | These are posters on the wall to the left of the entrance. They advertise current and upcoming traveling exhibitions. This is one of the ways in which the museum "markets" its' contents to the public. It is as such, visible evidence of the Marketing staff.

7: This is our so-called "help desk." As previously noted, the people who man it serve alongside the store staff as the face of the museum. They greet people as they enter, check bags, backpacks and coats at the door, pass out maps to those in need and answer questions; they also sign other employees and volunteers in and out as they come and go. | I have heard the Human Resources Manager refer to them as the "front line of the museum" and I agree. They serve a HR, PR, Security and Visitor Services role.

8: These are two computers available to the public in the BSC. People are free to come in and check their e-mail or look something up on the internet. These computers as well as the intern and staff computers are maintained by the IT Manager. He is also responsible for the museums' website and electronic database. Therefor he collaborates with Marketing and Public Relations (the two are pooled at our institution) along with the Registrar and Associate Registrar | The [working] computers however are the visual products of his employment.

9: This is a rope and a barricade used to keep people at a certain distance from a piece. Other than the guards themselves these barricades are the most visible sign of security.

10: The preceding was a photography examination of the visible marks made by the staff throughout the Harn Museum of Art. | Its' staff is comprised of generalists and specialists. Some positions examined preform as many as three roles at a time. | (BSC Manager, Front [help] Desk Staff)

11: Some departments that our textbooks consider separate are combined. | (Marketing and Public Relations) | Nevertheless, it was a list of twelve jobs the effects of which are visible throughout the building. | Hope you enjoyed it -Anthony

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