Museum Studies

MSC01 1050
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Hibben Center
Rm 320

Phone: (505) 277-0786

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Funding Opportunities

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

UNM Graduate Studies Office Funding Overview

Graduate and Professional Student (GPSA) funding

Scholarships/Awards

Graduate Student Travel and Research Allocation Grant Application

The Museum Studies Program provides travel and research grants annually to graduate students for travel to professional meetings and conferences or conducting research pertinent to their Program of Study. Criteria for these awards include: seniority, progress toward completion of degree, and strength of application. Priority will be given to students who have not received previous awards. Students are limited to one grant per year during the time they are enrolled in the Museum Studies Program.

Hibben Museum Studies Fellows
Funded through the Frank C. Hibben Charitable Trust, these fellowships provide support to graduate students pursuing a museum career and enrolled full-time in the Museum Studies Program.  Priority is given to Native American students. These fellowships are awarded annually with potential for renewal. Fellowships include tuition, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.

Department Funding Award History

Academic Year 2018-2019

The Hibben Scholars are Kendall Lovely (continuing) and Tess Lukey

Terese “Tess” Lukey is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) in Massachusetts. She grew up off-island in Westborough, MA. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in Art History: Art of the Americas with a minor in Museum Studies from the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She received a bachelor’s of fine art in Art History and Ceramics from the Massachusetts College of Art Design (2016). Tess Lukey has been the Gallery Director for the Department of Art, John Sommers Gallery for two years. Previously, she was the gallery assistant for the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, MA (2015). Tess has written for two juried exhibition catalogs, here NOW and The UNM 23rd Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition and has recently received the 2018 Native American Summer Curatorial Fellowship at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Tess is interested in interrogating the authenticity of institutions for their interpretation of contemporary native art. Her master’s thesis is centered on applying this interrogation to North West Coast Indigenous masking traditions in both historic and contemporary circumstances

Academic Year 2017-2018

The Hibben Scholars are Kendall Lovely and Kaylen Jones.

Ms. Kendall Lovely  (Continuing in the MSST program; MA in Comparative Humanities, Brandeis University; BA in Comparative Literature and Anthropology, UNM) Ms. Lovely will continue in the Master of Museum Studies degree program in the coming 2018- 2019 Academic Year and expects to graduate in May 2019. Ms. Lovely completed her BA at UNM in 2015 with a double major in Comparative Literature and Anthropology and a minor in Latin (graduating Summa Cum Laude). She went on to complete a Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities at Brandeis University in 2016. She entered the MMS program in September 2017 and has excelled in her studies and also continues to work with the Education department of the Maxwell Museum. Ms. Lovely (Navajo) is pursuing critical analysis of representations of Native American people in museum displays, with particular attention to gender and indigenous perspectives.

Ms. Kaylen Jones, from Crownpoint NM is completing her MA in Museum Studies with an expected graduation of Spring 2018.  She received her BFA in Art Studio from UNM.  She works as a scientific illustrator for the Museum of Southwestern Biology Divion of Mammals and Parasites. She is currently working With Devorah Romanek (Curator of Exhibits) and Joe Cook (PHD Mammalogist) on Installing a temporary exhibit in Maxwell Museum of Anthropology focusing on the Mexican Wolf and its place in the Southwest, Rural Communities, and UNM (Expected to Open Summer of 2018 and run for 6 Months at Maxwell then be a permanent exhibit at MSB).  Her research in Museum Studies has focused on the Mexican Wolf and its place in the Southwest, Native and Rural Communities and its use as a Mascot at The University of New Mexico and how its role in these areas are imperative to their survival.