Teaching Institute in Museum Education: Faculty

Rika Burnham

RIKA BURNHAM is Head of Education at the Frick Collection in New York City. Previously, she was a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was recognized by the National Art Education Association for sustained achievement in teaching and was appointed a Getty Museum Scholar, as well as an Attingham Trust Scholar in the Royal Collection Studies Programme. She also received the James D. Burke Prize and the Charles Robertson Memorial Award from the School Art League for achievement in the arts. Ms. Burnham has been a guest lecturer and conducted workshops at art museums nationwide and internationally, and has been an adjunct professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a visiting museum educator for the Teacher Institute of Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is the ongoing project director of the Teaching Institute for Museum Educators/TIME. Her publications include several essays on museum education and a catalogue essay inPierre Bonnard: The Late Still Lifes and Interiors (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009). Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience (Getty, 2011), which she co-authored with Elliott Kai-Kee, won a PROSE Award for best title in education of 2011 from the Association of American Publishers. Ms. Burnham earned a degree in art history from Harvard University and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2014.


Elliot Kai-Kee

ELLIOT KAI-KEE is an Education Specialist for Gallery Teaching at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, where he has worked for more than twenty years. He has also been employed as an adjunct professor of history at San Francisco State University, and Santa Monica College. He was recognized as Museum Educator of the Year, Pacific Division, by the National Art Education Association in 2007. 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 Museums, the Indianapolis Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. In March, 2015, he presented the 8th Annual D. Jack Davis Lecture in Art Education, “On Visiting an Art Museum,” at the University of North Texas. He has been a visiting museum educator of the Teacher Institute in Museum Education (TIME) at SAIC since its inception.  His publications include several essays on museum education. He co-authored Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience with Rika Burnham in spring 2011.