FC: PHILLIP & PATRICIA FROST ART MUSEUM Miami, FL | Grace Torres MUSEUM VISIT PHOTO ESSAY
1: The Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum is located in Miami, Florida on the Modesto Madique campus of Florida International University. The Frost opened in 2008 and offers free admission to all. The Frost Museum's mission is to preserve, research, interpret and exhibit art "from diverse cultures throughout human history" (Frost Art Museum website). | About the Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum
2: About this Book | This book, a photo essay assignment for my “Exploring Museum Professions” course, highlights the different ways the Frost Museum’s staff work is made visible to visitors. While I did not interact with any museum staff during my visit, their work is present throughout the museum in various ways. My book dissects four areas (the outside, lobby, hallways, and gallery spaces of the Frost Museum) where one visitor might come across the endeavors of the Frost Museum’s staff. “Creating a positive experience for visitors, one that will make them want to return time and time again” (2000, p. 7) is the responsibility of every department in the museum. By analyzing who is responsible for the many pamphlets on the Visitor Services desk or the various signs found in the hallways, this book highlights how each department in the museum works together to make this possible.
3: Outside of Museum | Lobby | Hallways | Gallery Spaces | Where | Did I | Pictures? | Take
4: On the Outside of the Frost Art Museum | The Facilities Manager would be in charge of maintaining the outside and inside of the museum. Marketing and Visitor Services would be in charge of providing and placing signage on the outside of the building to inform visitors of the hours the museum is open.
5: Social Media is one of the methods Marketing uses to “increase public awareness” (Schlatter, 2008, p. 87-88) and visitors to the Frost Museum.
6: Lobby | The Curator of Public Programs or Community Liaison is responsible for providing pamphlets from different museums and other cultural organizations to visitors. | Marketing, Curatorial, Publication, and Visitor Services are responsible for researching, printing, advertising, and selling their books to visitors. Selling books is one way museums increase revenue. The Editor of the museum “prepares and supervises, the production of the printed material for the institution” (Glaser, 1996, p. 90) | Donation boxes are a very popular way for development to raise funds from everyday visitors. The Conservator and Visitor Services staff would be responsible for providing umbrella bags to visitors as a way to protect artwork from water and visitors from slipping.
7: VISITOR SERVICES DESK | Gallery Notes: Curator & Education Staff | Education Staff | Subscribe to Frost's Email list: Marketing | Development Officer: Fundraising campaigns | Map & all Frost Art Museum printed material: Print/ Publications Staff | Membership Staff
8: Human Resources Staff | Development Staff | HALLWAYS | Employees Only areas are accessible only with pin codes and ID badges Human Resources provides to employees and volunteers. | The fundraising efforts of the Development Officer are visible in the list of names honoring those who donated to the “Building Campaign” for the Frost. Also, rooms, benches, and gallery spaces are all named after benefactors. The Membership Lounge houses the museum's library is maintained by the Frost's Librarian.
9: CONSERVATION | CURATORIAL | Rules are placed outside of each gallery and close to installation pieces. This is one of the ways the museum conservator can ensure the objects are protected (Schlatter. 2008, p. 55). | In addition to organizing exhibitions (Schlatter, 2008, p. 57), Curators might invite speakers to elaborate on a current exhibition. They might also collaborate with Information Systems staff to provide more information to visitors via QR codes.
10: GALLERY SPACES | Various museum departments are responsible for putting together an exhibition. | Curatorial Staff: Labels by the art inform visitors about the piece. | Cameras and motion sensors on art pieces protect visitors and art pieces from harm (Glaser & Zeneou, 1996, p. 115). Lighting equipment on the ceiling allow exhibition designers to light pieces accordingly. Special panels also allow natural light to come in without damaging the pieces.
11: Like half of art museums, the Frost provides a kids’ activity area in their galleries and it includes hands-on art activities (Art Museum Education Survey, 2009, p. 4). | There are various multipurpose rooms throughout the museum like this one. They might host students on field trips or special events for the museum. | There are also outlets well-concealed electrical outlets like this one throughout the museum. The outlets allows spaces more flexibility in the type of pieces and events that can be held but remain relatively unseen when not in use.
12: REFERENCES | "Frost Art Museum | Mission." The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2013.