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Newest Arts Management Research by SMU Meadows Shaping the Cultural Landscape

The Promenade (La promenade) by Marc Chagall

Research projects, public lectures and community initiatives delve into arts philanthropy, constituent engagement and more

Two new research projects underway at SMU Meadows School of the Arts involve Meadows faculty members, students and alumni in the M.A./M.B.A. degree program, as well as scholars and professionals from other countries. They are collaborating to investigate common topics related to fundraising and audience development that currently affect most cultural institutions.

Both projects are part of Meadows’ Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship (AMAE) program.

The first research project, “‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’: Artworks Eliciting Positive Emotions Increase Commitment to the Arts Among Younger Audience,” investigates viewers’ emotions when exposed to artworks with a happy, shocking or neutral theme. It is one of the first studies to do so from an arts management and cultural policies point […]

2019-03-05T14:01:36+00:00 March 5, 2019|Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Home|

“The Arts are for Everybody”: 10 Quotes That Inspired Us from Jane Chu, Former NEA Chair and Recipient of SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award

NEA Chair Jane Chu The NEA thrived under Jane Chu’s leadership. (All photos by Kim Leeson)

Jane Chu earned a Master of Music degree from SMU and has spent her career in arts administration and philanthropy. During her four-year term (2014–18) as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Chu traveled to all 50 states, visiting more than 400 arts organizations in 200 communities.

It was a bustling Homecoming weekend at SMU. The Division of Art hosted a conference that brought in experts in the field from around the world. Opera soared from the lobby. That morning, Jane Chu sat with the students of the joint M.A./M.B.A. (with Cox Business School) in Arts Management and M.M. in International Arts Management to chat about […]

Watch: Two Retrospectives Honoring Recently Retired SMU Art Professors

SMU Art Faculty Debora Hunter, untitled, 2004
[from the series “Homework: Photographs from Taos, New Mexico”] Debora Hunter taught photography at SMU from 1976 until her retirement in 2017. Mart Vernon taught at SMU from 1967 until her retirement in 2018.

The Pollock Gallery of the Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present EMERITA: A retrospective of Debora Hunter and Mary Vernonan exhibition featuring works by the two recently retired SMU art professors, from September 7 to October 20, 2018. This two-person retrospective honors their collective 90-year contribution to the Meadows School, exhibiting work from the 1970s to the present.  […]

2018-08-28T09:31:25+00:00 August 28, 2018|Art, Video|

10 Protips for Thriving as an Artist from an SMU Meadows Alumna

smu music grad stories Kristin Yost (at center) spoke with SMU alumni at the MPower: Launching your career after Meadows event in spring, 2017.

By Kristin Yost, M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy ‘06

As I reflected on my first years out of graduate school with an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from SMU, I wanted to leave some of the tidbits of wisdom I wish were given more importance in my academic career. Thriving as an artist is possible if you have the right mindset, expectations and goals. A degree is simply a piece of paper. It’s the experience, the challenges of the journey and the people you meet along the way that really lead you to your success.

Some of my most meaningful relationships came out of SMU and I am forever thankful for my time as a Mustang.

That’s just part […]

2019-03-04T15:16:25+00:00 August 7, 2018|Music|

Free IT Support at Tech Effect for Meadows Students, Faculty and Staff

SMU tech effect Mark Valenzuela, left, with Tech Effect coworker Michelle Del Rio.

Meadows community finds free and effective solutions to tech woes

By Ari Platz (B.A. Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, B.A. Art History ’18)

Computer trouble? Wi-Fi not working? Need to borrow equipment? Meadows Tech Effect provides year-round effective solutions to these problems, helping students, faculty and staff operate at the highest level.

Student workers Mark Valenzuela and Michelle Del Rio work at the Tech Effect desk, fielding a variety of questions and requests. “Typically, students come by to check stuff out like a camera or tripod, that kind of thing,” says Valenzuela.

“All they have to do is present their SMU student i.d. card.”  […]

2018-08-01T10:09:13+00:00 August 1, 2018|Student Work|
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