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Rika Burnham is Head of Education at the Frick Collection in New York City. Previously, from 1985–2008, she worked as a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was recognized by the National Art Education Association for sustained achievement in teaching in 2001, appointed a Getty Museum Scholar in 2002, and received the James D. Burke Prize for achievement in the arts in 2003, the first museum educator to receive this award. She received the Charles Robertson Memorial Award from the School Art League in 2005, and in 2006 was an Attingham Trust Scholar in the Royal Collection Studies Programme in London. She has been a guest lecturer and conducted workshops at art museums across the United States since 1989. She has been a visiting museum educator of the Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art (TICA) and project director of the Teaching Institute in Museum Education (TIME), both at SAIC; and adjunct professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her publications include several essays on museum education as well as a catalogue essay in Pierre Bonnard: The Late Still Lifes and Interiors (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009), edited by Dita Armory. Her first book, Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience, co-authored with Elliott Kai-Kee, was published in spring 2011.
Elliot Kai-Keeis an Education Specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. Prior to this position, from 1992–94, he worked as a Gallery Teacher at the Getty Museum. He was recognized as Museum Educator of the Year, Pacific Division, by the National Art Education Association in 2007, and was awarded the A.P. Giannini Italian/American Research Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley in 1979–80. He has conducted lectures, workshops, and talks for museum docents at museums across the United States including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Harvard Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Museum, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. He has been a visiting museum educator of the Teacher Institute in Museum Education (TIME) at SAIC, co-created TIMEMexico with museum educator Rika Burnham, and worked as adjunct professor of History at Santa Monica College and San Francisco University. His publications include several essays on museum education and the professionalization of practice. He co-authored Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience with Rika Burnham in spring 2011.