History of Decorative Arts
George Mason University in Partnership with Smithsonian Associates

MA in History of Decorative Arts

Marissa Hershon, 2010

Marissa  Hershon

Marissa is the Curatorial Assistant in the department of Decorative Arts and Desgin at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She believes that "the environment of the History of Decorative Arts graduate program shaped my development as a decorative arts specialist in many ways, but most importantly through its emphasis on object-based scholarship. By encouraging connoisseurship skills in addition to research practices, the program gave me a strong foundation that I draw upon every day in my work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). At the MFAH, I engage in a diverse set of curatorial responsibilities and must be able to assess objects across media, produce new scholarship, and convey the significance of decorative arts to a wide audience.  My graduate experience well-prepared me to undertake these endeavors. The broad range of the curriculum parallels the efforts of a museum curator who must constantly adapt to a growing and changing collection to create exhibitions and other programs for its audiences."

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