Graduate Student Earns First-Ever Statewide Award

 l to r: David Becker, IAM President, Agnes Ma, Donna Sack, IAM Executive Director


It gives us great pleasure to announce that NIU School of Art graduate student Agnes Ma is the recipient of the first-ever Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) Museum Studies Student of the Year Award.

Agnes has been an outstanding student and natural leader in the NIU's museum studies graduate certificate program, and currently serves as a graduate assistant in the Jack Olson Gallery. In that capacity, she participates in all aspects of gallery programming, and she co-curated the award-winning exhibition Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art.

Peter Van Ael, Director of the Jack Olson Gallery and Coordinator of the museum studies program, tells us "Agnes Ma is one of those rare individuals that take full advantage of the opportunities available to her. During her time at NIU, she has complemented her strengths as a scientist and designer with her interest in museology and curatorial work by enrolling in the graduate certificate program in museum studies and finding employment at the Jack Olson Gallery. She has embraced the opportunity to design, curate, and install exhibitions. In addition, she has demonstrated her considerable skills as an editor and her sensitivity as a graphic designer in developing materials for the Jack Olson Gallery and the NIU Museum Studies."

In short, Agnes Ma is an extremely talented and motivated young museum professional deserving of the recognition that comes with being the first recipient of the IAM Museum Studies Graduate Student of the Year Award.

Congratulations, Agnes!

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