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Art department interested in gallery management minor

Artwork sits on display in the Park Library and in the extended hours study room on Jan. 21. The CMU art department is considering an art gallery major. (Taryn Wattles | Staff Photographer)

Artwork sits on display in the Park Library and in the extended hours study room on Jan. 21. The CMU art department is considering an art gallery management minor. (Taryn Wattles | Staff Photographer)

Central Michigan University’s art department sent out a questionnaire to students gauging interest in the creation of a new gallery management minor.

Anne Gochenour, director of the University Art Gallery, said the minor would help students learn how to exhibit the art they create.

“The final step in making art is presenting it to the public,” Gochenour said. “ A gallery, or exhibition, is the way you do that. It’s to take that one final step and help people know what is entailed in exhibiting art.”

Students in the new interdisciplinary minor could take 24 credit hours encompassing six art history credits, six credits in museum studies, six in entrepreneurship, three in communications and three in gallery management. The last course would develop and install an art exhibition, according to the survey.

The final survey numbers have not been tallied, but Gochenour said a few students have already expressed interest in the minor.

“I’ve been contacted by two students asking about it, curious, wanting to do it,” she said. “I think the surveys so far show interest.”

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