The Burish Fellowship in Art Education was established by Helen and Mark Burish to support a collaborative fellowship shared between the museum and the art department. The gift provides one year of tuition remission and a semester-long, paid internship at the Chazen Museum of Art for two students. Helen Burish is an art education graduate, chair of the art department’s Board of Visitors, a museum docent, and chair of the Chazen’s Advisory Council. She and Mark are both long-time supporters of the university.
“This fund will allow undergrads to have a genuine museum-education experience and contribute significantly to the Chazen’s programming by exposing them first hand to informal learning settings such as an exhibition or gallery space” said Candie Waterloo, curator of education.
Working approximately 10 to 14 hours per week, interns participate in a museum education “boot camp,” work with museum and art-education staff to develop workshops related to Chazen exhibitions and collections, and facilitate presentations and workshops in the museum education department.
The Chazen Museum of Art and the UW–Madison Department of Art announced the first recipients of the Burish Fellowship in Art and Museum Education in May of 2019. Art education majors Hattie Grimm of Oak Park, Ill., and Isabella Gilbert of Elk Mound, Wis., were chosen as the inaugural interns.