Faculty are encouraged to teach directly from works in the AMAM's collection whenever possible. The experience of looking at art in terms of its historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts adds an important dimension to students’ specific areas of study and to their successful lives at Oberlin and beyond.
Classes are routinely held in the AMAM galleries and in the Wolfgang Stechow Print Study Room. In the Arts and Sciences, the museum has hosted classes from such departments as African-American Studies, Art and Art History, Biology, Cinema Studies, Classics, East Asian Studies, English, Environmental Studies, French, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geology, Hispanic Studies, History, Religion, Rhetoric and Composition, Russian, Spanish, and Theater & Dance. In the Conservatory of Music, faculty from Historical Performance, Musicology, and Music Theory have all used the collection as a key component of their teaching.
In addition to class visits, the Curator of Academic Programs welcomes proposals for museum-based courses, teaching exhibitions, First Year Seminars, Winter Term Projects, symposia, or other faculty collaborations that make use of the AMAM’s extensive holdings. Moreover, digital images from the museum's collection can now be placed online in conjunction with Oberlin College classes.
- Class Visits: Click here for detailed information on bringing your class to the galleries, the Wolfgang Stechow Print Study Room, or Frank Lloyd Wright's Weltzheimer/Johnson House.
- Student Assignments: Appointments to view select objects for student assignments or examination papers may be made two weeks in advance through Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs, at ext. 58645.
Space permitting, works of art may be placed on view in the galleries for student assignments when requested by a faculty member one semester in advance. Otherwise, up to three 3-hour time slots may be set aside in the Print Study Room for student viewing throughout the semester.
Our galleries are not static, and works are frequently rotated off view due to conservation concerns or loan to other institutions. Consequently, if you plan to focus a course around, or assign students to write about, a work currently on view, it is important that you inform the Curator of Academic Programs well before the semester begins. If it becomes necessary to de-install or relocate that object we will make every effort to notify you.
First Year Seminars: Looking at objects in the AMAM collection can be an excellent enhancement to First Year Seminars, which ask students to think creatively and build connections across disciplines. Professors from Art and Art History, Biology, East Asian Studies, English, Hispanic Studies, History, and Religion have used original works of art in previous seminars. To discuss ideas for your seminar, please contact Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs, at ext. 58645.
- Winter Term: In addition to our annual Student Docent Practicum, we welcome proposals for individual or group Winter Term projects that make use of the collection and offer students a concentrated experience in museum-based learning. Please contact Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs, at ext. 58645 to discuss the possibilities.
- Teaching Exhibitions: Faculty are encouraged to organize teaching exhibitions in the Ripin Print Gallery to accompany Oberlin College courses. These focused installations provide students with ongoing access to visual material throughout the semester. In addition, they provide opportunities to highlight new directions in scholarship and share those ideas with our broader public. Please contact Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs, at least six months in advance to discuss your proposal. If it can be accommodated, she will work with you to develop your idea, select appropriate objects, and help with the final exhibition installation.
Past exhibitions include:
The Mexican Revolution in Prints and Paintings: Organized by Colette Crossman, AMAM Curator of Academic Programs, and Steve Volk, Professor of History, to accompany the History course, "The Mexican Revolution: Birth, Life, Death."
Aux Barricades! French Protest Posters from May '68: Organized by Andria Derstine, AMAM Curator of Western Art, and Libby Murphy, Assistant Professor of French, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary commemorative events planned by Oberlin College's department of French and Italian.
The Cultured Landscape in China and Japan: Organized by Art Professor Chung-Lan Wang for use in her course, “Landscape and Culture in Early Modern East Asia.”
Expressions of the Literati in Suzhou: Organized by Andrew Feng (OC'07) with Professor Chung-Lan Wang.
Illuminated Manuscripts from the Thirteenth through Sixteenth Centuries: Designed by Art Professor Erik Inglis to complement his course, “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Oberlin Collections.”
Visions of Turmoil and Tranquility: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection: Curated by Stephanie Wiles, with the assistance of Miki Kawasaki (OC'06) and James Keary (OC'06), to support courses in the East Asian Studies Program and the Art Department.
European and American Prints from the Collection: Organized by Stephanie Wiles, AMAM Director, and Margaret Miles (OC'06) in conjunction with the course, "From Dürer to Dine."