IVLA 2017

IVLA 2016, Montreal: Engaging the Senses


George E. Hein

Professor Emeritus George E. Hein, originally trained as a chemist, joining Lesley University in 1975, where he initiated their doctoral programs and founded the Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG) that has evaluated numerous museum programs and exhibitions. He is a long-time member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and its education committee, CECA, where her served a secretary and president. He was visiting faculty member at the University of Leicester Museum Studies Program (1996), Osher Fellow at The Exploratorium in San Francisco (1999), Visiting Professor at University of Technology, Sydney (2000), Research Fellow at the Center for Education and Museum Studies at the Smithsonian Institution (2009-10), and Guest Scholar at The J. Paul Getty Museum (2011). He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad including Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. He is the author, with Mary Alexander, of Museums, Places of Learning (AAM, 1998), Learning in the Museum (Routledge, 1998), and Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy (Left Coast Press, 2012), as well as numerous articles on visitor studies, museum education and museology. His primary current interest is the significance of John Dewey’s work for museums. For more information see www.george-hein.com.

Sarah KuhnSarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn is a social scientist who, from her base in the Psychology department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, collaborates extensively across the disciplines. A current project, Lowell Tex, explores hands-on curriculum using textiles and fiber arts to teach STEM concepts; she is also at work on an evaluation of the Makerspace in UML’s College of Engineering. During the coming year, she will be completing work on a book tentatively titled Thinking with Things: Remaking learning in college and beyond. She directs the Technology, Society, and Human Values undergraduate program at UML and is a Faculty Associate at the Center for Women and Work.


Philip YenawinePhillip Yenawine

Philip Yenawine is co-founding director (with Nicholas Gardner) of the Watershed Collective, a non-profit educational organization that develops programs that teach teachers to use art to teach visual literacy, thinking, and communication skills. Director of Education at The Museum of Modern Art from 1983-93, he has spent the past twenty-five years developing curricula and professional development used in hundreds of schools across the US and abroad. He is on the board of Art Matters, a foundation supporting contemporary artists. His most recent book, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), was published by Harvard Education Press in October 2013. Another book on VTS for preschools is forthcoming.

Martha Tedeschi

Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, Harvard Art Museums
Martha Tedeschi assumed the directorship at the Harvard Art Museums in July 2016. Prior to her arrival at Harvard, she served as deputy director for art and research at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also enjoyed a long tenure as curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings. A specialist in 19th-century British and American art, Tedeschi has written in particular depth about James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, and John Marin and has frequently collaborated with conservators and conservation scientists. She has published extensively and organized numerous exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago. Tedeschi is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. She was a 2012 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership and has served as president of the Print Council of America (2009–13) and on the board of the Association of Art Museum Curators (2015–16). [Photo courtesy of Harvard Art Museums; Photo credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer]