Curatorial Studies

The BFA in curatorial studies explores the presentation, collection and preservation of art and artifacts. It introduces students to the intellectual, administrative, educational and creative aspects of what curators do. Courses include "Working and Thinking as a Curator", in which students visit with and hear from curators, museum educators and conservators where they work and "Exhibitionism", which focuses on issues relating to the museum, the gallery and art in and out of the clean "White Cube", Students visit and analyze varieties of collections and exhibitions from traditional to the very weird; the real and the fake. They study the layered experience of viewing and the dynamics of spectatorship. They also examine the groundbreaking work of artists whose responses to these issues have become the essence of their art practice. Throughout the curriculum, students examine both the theoretical constructs and practical applications involved in conceiving, creating and designing exhibitions, collections and archives. Read more about the major.

News & Highlights

  • We mourn the passing of Dr. Janet Kaplan, the Director of Moore's Curatorial Studies program.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. 
  • 80% of 2014 Curatorial Studies graduates are employed, 50%with organizations in their field of study.   For more details visit the Locks Career Center page
  • ​Moore Curatorial Studies major Kelicia Pitts was featured in a front page features article in The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Moore alumna Lily Fierman was featured in an article in Interview Magazine. 

  • Carlee Myers '14 is excited to announce that she has accepted a part-time position at the Philadelphia Center for Arts & Technology teaching youth about science and technology through art. In addition, she started her second session as a FOB holder at Second State Press in Philadelphia's Crane Arts Building. She also recently exhibited work in Autumnalink: Fall Fob Works (November 2014) and 4 Years at SSP at Second State Press (December 2014 through January 2015), RAW PRESENTS: Philadelphia at the Trocadero on February 12, 2015, a Night of Art, Film and Cupcakes at Tattooed Moms on February 26, 2015, and the AAGA Art Auction on February 27, 2015.  

  • A new addition to the Moore website is our Podcast Series, the purpose of which is to share scholarly and highly informative lectures by Moore faculty, alumni and staff with the public.   We’re launching the series with these two lectures on leadership by President Fitzgibbon.

Chloe Van Stralendorff
I am currently the gallery manager at Marcas Contemporary Art. MCA seeks to inspire, engage and expand the accessibility of contemporary art in Orange County, CA. I'm also a part-time project photographer for the...
Lily Fierman
I had taken classes at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, but when I came to Moore, I knew it was the right fit. I wanted to study women’s artwork and also have the opportunity to take liberal arts...
Carlee Myers
In May of 2014 Carlee obtained her BFA from Moore. After graduation, she was hired on part-time in Moore’s Development Office assisting with everything from the Visionary Woman Awards (a $375,000 scholarship fundraiser...