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Mimi Hellman, professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Art History at Skidmore College, will visit the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 10.

She will discuss the “Teagle Collaborative Project: Teaching with Exhibitions,” a research project that seeks to develop new best practices in exhibition-based pedagogy. The project, funded by the Teagle Foundation, worked with the Tang Museum at Skidmore College from 2016 through 2019 in collaboration with four academic institutions: Colgate UniversityHamilton CollegeSkidmore College and the University at Albany, State University of New York.

The project proposes that, “when museums and galleries are able to function as spaces for creative, rigorous, interdisciplinary inquiry, they can be active transformers of higher education. The project offers faculty an opportunity to explore how teaching and learning with exhibitions can cultivate a wide range of student abilities, from an understanding of specific socio-political or scientific issues to skills such as visual literacy, critical thinking, teamwork and written or oral communication.”

Pre-registration is required for this program. A reception will begin at 5 p.m., with auditorium seating for Hellman’s lecture opening at 6 p.m.

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The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will host a visit from Skidmore College Professor and Associate Department of Art History Chair Mimi Hellman on March 10. Hellman will discuss the “Teagle Collaborative Project: Teaching with Exhibitions,” research project.