A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

The Future of Museum Education

Carmen Mörsch
Head of the Institute for Art Education, Zurich University of the Arts

The Future of Museum Education: Carmen Mörsch in conversation with Jacqueline Terrassa
October 17, Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th floor
5:30 p.m. refreshments, conversation begins at 6:00 p.m.

The Education/Formation of O_t_h_e_r_s through Art: Art, Education, and Empire
October 18, Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th floor 
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Carmen Mörsch’s research interests include the history and present of artists in museum and gallery education as well as artists in schools; collaborative and transformative practices in art and education; art education and queer/postcolonial theory. She has been trained and worked as an artist, art educator and cultural studies scholar. From 2003 to 2008 she worked as professor in the department of cultural studies, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany. Between 2003 and today she conducted several team-based, action-research and development projects, such as for the German Ministry of Research and Education and for the documenta 12 education program. From 2009 until now she has been undertaking research for the Program on Education at the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, the German Cultural Foundation, Goethe Institute South Africa, and Mercator Foundation Germany and Switzerland. Recent projects include “Art. School. Differences,” and an online handbook in four languages on cultural mediation as critical practice. Professor Mörsch is a member of the network “Another Roadmap for Art Education” which unites researchers and practitioners who seek to analyze and develop art education in an emancipatory and decolonizing perspective.


Jacqueline Terrassa is the Woman’s Board Endowed Chair of Museum Education at The Art Institute of Chicago. Prior she was Managing Museum Educator for Gallery and Studio Programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, led public programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, worked as Head of Planning at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and served in several leadership positions at the University of Chicago’s David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art. Terrassa has earned national recognition for her leadership and insight during recent tenures as the director of the Museum Education Division of the National Art Education Association, and her service as panelist and advisor for various agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Joyce Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for the Arts, among others.

For more information:
Institute for Art Education, Zurich University of the Arts
- Carmen Mörsch’s presentation on Gallery Education Informed by Queer, Feminist, Post-Colonial Thinking, as part of Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic
- Essay by Carmen Mörsch on Alliances for Unlearning: On Gallery Education and Institutions of Critiqueon Afterall.org
- Forward by Carmen Mörsch on Time for Cultural Meditation on Kulturvermittlung Schweiz