The Maier Museum of Art
at Randolph College

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A Randolph College student studying in the MuseumStudent Opportunities

The Maier Museum of Art functions as an extension of the classroom. Faculty across Randolph’s liberal arts curriculum regularly conduct class discussions and activities in the galleries, and utilize the Collection to develop assignments that support and expand course content.

The Maier Museum provides an invaluable resource for the department of art and art history as well as the museum and heritage studies program. In addition to having direct experience with original works of art from the museum’s outstanding collection of American Art, students engage with contemporary artists and scholars who visit campus each semester to offer artist talks, lectures, and participate in The Helen Clark Berlind Symposium.  The senior capstone program culminates in a formal show of studio and museum and heritage studies majors’ work at the Maier and a presentation of research by art history majors.

Museum & Heritage Studies Major & Museum Studies Minor

The museum and heritage studies major is a distinctively interdisciplinary program that introduces students to a rich variety of approaches for presenting and studying visual and material culture. The program is designed for a broad range of students in the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences.

Majors take core courses in museum and heritage studies, and select from supporting courses in several departments. Courses in the major encourage the development of fresh perspectives and practical skills, and are taught primarily by museum professionals at Randolph College and its faculty in archaeology, art history, biology and history who have developed a special interest in tangible cultural heritage.

The major includes a senior program featuring an exhibition broadly defined, designed and executed by each major. The program is based on Randolph College’s world-class Maier Museum of Art and the College’s notable natural history and archaeology collections, and has a strong commitment to hands-on, experiential learning in and out of the classroom.

Museum Studies Minor

The museum studies minor provides students with an understanding of the role of museums in society and the range of career possibilities within the museum field. The collection and staff of the Maier Museum of Art are integral to the program with students working directly with art objects and learning from professionals. Recent practicums have introduced students to exhibition development and installation, curatorial research, professional registration practices, and the theory and practice of museum education.

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Summer Interns, Maddie Shelbie ’18 and Stacey Samuels ’18, 2017.

The Maier Museum of Art offers internships to Randolph College students that encourage students to consider museum careers by providing opportunities to learn about museum operations. Students work on meaningful projects under the guidance of experienced professionals and develop relationships with individuals who can advise and support interns as they pursue educational goals and career plans.

For-Credit Internship Opportunities >>

Summer Internship Opportunities >>

Each year, Randolph College students are selected for 10-week (25 hours/week) paid, summer internships to be completed at the Maier Museum of Art for a stipend of $2,500 each. This opportunity is extended to all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled at Randolph College and is funded by Maier Memberships at the Benefactor level. Read blog posts by the Maier Museum’s previous interns at: Internship Experiences at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College >

In addition, additional experiential learning in arts management, historic preservation, museum education, and art conservation are developed through Randolph College’s and the Maier Museum’s relationship with local and national institutions.


The Maier Museum of Art typically offers work-study positions for Randolph College students during the academic year. Work-study assistants help the Maier staff with various museum projects and office assignments as needed. They are also assist with programs and events on nights/weekends and/or fill front desk receptionist shifts on weekends. Projects work-study assistants may works on include preparing materials for educational programs, marketing tasks, posting flyers on campus, and working with the museum’s files and Collection, such as researching artwork/artists and writing wall labels.

Work-study assistants must have strong research, writing, and computer skills. While preference is given to students majoring in museum and heritage studies, art history, studio art, history, or education, students from all majors are encouraged to apply for the positions when they are available.

Pay is $12/hour and the work schedule is typically four hours/week (preferably two hour shifts, twice per week).

Work-Study Opportunities >>


A member of the student club, FRAME, holding several frames in front of the MuseumFuture Restorationists, Artists, and Museum Enthusiasts (FRAME) is a Randolph College student club advised by the Maier Museum’s curator of education. FRAME members are student ambassadors for the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. Through club activities, FRAME students broaden their knowledge of art and explore careers with museums.

FRAME members develop and facilitate participatory art experiences that connect with the artists, artwork, and/or themes present in the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

In addition, FRAME members periodically lead tours and gallery discussions and provide art activities for local community after-school programs. Love at the Maier, an annual celebration of art and artists inspired by Valentine’s Day, is facilitated by FRAME members. This two-day program in February is a community-wide favorite.

FRAME also frequents local art openings and cultural events and has recently begun an initiative to develop a student-run gallery space.

While many of the members are art or museum and heritage studies majors, others are not. FRAME gives all students who love art and museums the opportunity to be involved at the Maier Museum without the academic commitment of a major.

Helen Owen Calvert Award

The Helen Owen Calvert Award is held every spring semester and recognizes excellence in writing that responds to or interprets works of art in the Maier Museum of Art collection. Each year, Randolph students are invited to submit creative or academic compositions of any type to be considered for this award. The award was established in memory of Helen Owen Calvert, by her family. Mrs. Calvert was a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and the mother of one of the Maier Museum’s former curators of education, Doni Guggenheimer. Learn more >

Faculty Resources

Randolph College students study artwork the exhibition Venetian Visions, 2015The Curator of Education works one-on-one with faculty to design tours of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, or works in storage currently not on view. Tours of works of art displayed across the Randolph College campus buildings can also be developed. In addition, activities and research opportunities that complement course curricula can be developed in collaboration with the Maier. Schedule a tour >>

The Maier Museum of Art is not just for Randolph College faculty and students! Our collection is also available for faculty from neighboring institutions to utilize as an extension of the classroom.

More ways to utilize the Maier Museum of Art >>

 Laura McManusTo discuss the possibilities for your classes or research, contact:

Curator of Education
Laura McManus
(434) 947-8136, ext. 5


Campus Loan Program for Faculty and Staff

Works of art from the College’s campus collection are available for request by faculty and staff for offices and buildings on campus. Please note:




If artwork needs to be moved immediately due to potential damage, to report artwork damage, or if you have questions about the Campus Art Loan Program, please contact:

Maier Museum of Art Registrar
Debbie Spanich
Campus ext. 4265