S: Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum
BC: In 2002, St. John's Museum of Art officially moved to a new location in the heart of Wilmington, NC and changed it's name to the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum. Since then the museum shows as many as 8 exhibits a year showcasing works by North Carolina artists as well as national and international artists (Museum History, 2012).
FC: Louise Wells Cameron | Art Museum | by Jennifer Olsson | Wilmington, North Carolina
1: (Museums) are the tactile and material conscience of humankind for civilizations that are sometimes in great turmoil and adversity. They educate, enlighten, and uplift the human spirit in an uncertain and changing world. Glaser, Zenetou, 1996, pg.22
2: Grounds Members of the Grounds Staff keep the museum grounds well kept and inviting. Visitors can tour the museum grounds and observe the numerous sculptures that enhance the museum property. | Development This Donations Box provides an informal way for visitors to donate and support the museum. The Development Staff work to increase membership by collaborating with the Director, Curator and Education staff to develop programs that bring in visitors who see the value of membership.
3: Exhibits The Curator and Registrar manage the galleries, selecting the appropriate paintings, prints or objects to put on display. Griffith Mann mentioned that as a curator he is "directly involved with the growth, presentation, and programmatic development of the collections" (Sayre & Mann, 2009, p. 5). The Exhibit Design staff creates a space that visitors will find engaging and informative. They arrange prints and paintings in a way to tell a story while the text on the wall provides a context to the whole exhibit.
4: Visitor Services Upon entering through the doors of the Cameron Art Museum, visitors are greeted at the Visitor Services Desk. The Director of Visitor Services coordinates the selling of admission tickets and information about the exhibits. Visible in the bottom photo is a rack displaying different information sheets representing several departments including Education, Development, and Public Programs. Marketing and Print/Publications staff display museum brochures in the top photo.
5: Education & Art School Art students have the opportunity to learn from the museum's resident artist and art professionals. The classes offered are coordinated by the Education Department. As Glaser and Zenetou said, museums are "the learning center and [academy] for the general public..." (1996). Classes help enhance the museum experience and the educational programs provide an avenue for staff to interact with the community. Docents lead a variety of groups around the museum providing a way for these visitors to learn more about the ongoing exhibits.
6: Museum Shop The Gift Shop helps to bring in some revenue for the museum and provides an outlet for local artists to sell their jewelry, pottery, sculpture pieces and more. Since many visitors like to take home a memento of their visit the location of the shop provides an easy way to browse. The Gift shop staff manages this area. But because it too represents the public face of the museum it is associated with the visitor information desk.
7: Public Affairs This wall provides a space for community organizations, such as playhouses, to display posters for events happening in town. Also, free newspapers/magazines are available in this location. The Curator of Public Programs manages this space. | Special Events The Special Events Manager coordinates with the community to provide an appropriate location for wedding receptions, civic club meetings and recently a gala. Furthermore, the restaurant provides an additional 'perk' to visiting the museum.
8: Webmaster The museum has a public website that is available for anyone to see . The Information Systems staff make sure the website is up to date with the current programs and exhibition information. The museum also utilizes social media by creating a Facebook page. "...Museums must stay abreast of constantly changing technology, software, and means of digital communications to stay relevant to contemporary audiences" (Schlatter, 2008) | Security The Security staff help to ensure all visitors have a safe and pleasant visit. They help protect the objects on display and enforce rules, such as no photography or no eating within the galleries.
9: References Glaser, J. R., & Zenetou, A. A. (1996). Museums: A place to work, planning museum careers (pg. 22, 27). New York, NY: Routledge. Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum. (2012). Museum History. Retrieved from http://www.cameronartmuseum.com/index.php?c=about Sayre, S. (Interviewer) & Mann, G. (Interviewee). (2009). Johns Hopkins University, Exploring Museum Professions, Interviews With Today's Museum Professionals [Interview transcript]. Schlatter, N. E. (2008). Museum careers: A practical guide for students and novices (pp. 38). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.