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Jayme Yahr

Assistant Professor and Director, Museum Studies Programs
Degree
B.A., University of California, Irvine
M.A., University of California, Davis
Ph.D., University of Washington
Office
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
Phone
(651) 962-5644
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5644
Mail
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Specialization: American Art and Museum Studies

Jayme Yahr’s research focuses on two distinct areas of art history: American art and museum studies. Lives of “The Century”: American Artists of the Gilder Circle, Yahr’s current book project, examines the role of Richard Watson Gilder, editor of The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, in promoting prominent American artists of the late 19th century through social clubs in New York City. New research will investigate American art collectors and donor museums through the lens of gendered collecting practices. In addition to her interest in artistic salons and museums, Yahr has published articles on cultural patrimony and issues of identity in American arts and culture.

Over the last decade, Yahr has worked in the curatorial sector of non-profit institutions, including the Kirkland Arts Center, Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Mingei International Museum, and San Diego History Center. These experiences have provided insight into museum structure and audience development, as well as the practical application of arts and humanities to the professional field.

Publications

“Disappearing Act: The Daniel J. Terra Collection of American Art (1971-2005),” Journal of the History of Collections (2018): 1-20.

"Exhibiting the Native American Other: The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and Commodified Racism," American Nineteenth Century History 17, no. 3 (2016): 301-323.

“Evil Things in Robes of Sorrow: Albert Pinkham Ryder’s War Gothic,” in War Gothic, edited by Agnieszka Soltysik and Steffen Hantke, 59-79. New York: Routledge, 2016. 

“Collecting American Glass: Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Gilder Circle in 19th-century New York,” Revista de História da Arte, Instituto de História da Arte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (2015).

“Appropriating Identity: William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, and Britain’s Myth of the Self-Made Man.” Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, no. 11 (Autumn 2010).

“The American Art Amalgam: European Traditions and the Frontier Spirit.” Cercles: Revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone, no. 19 (Spring 2009).

“A Philadelphia Story: Regional Patrimony in The Barnes Foundation and The Gross Clinic Sagas.” U.S. Studies Online: The British Association of American Studies Journal, no. 15 (Autumn 2009).

“The Illustrated Press: Richard Watson Gilder and the American Frontier.” U.S. Studies Online: The British Association of American Studies Journal, no. 14 (Spring 2009).

Curated Exhibitions

Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University
2014 Resilience
2014 The Beehive Design Collective (collaboration with students in Museum Studies: Objects and Collections course)
 
Kirkland Arts Center
2012 Clay? IV
2012 Neal Fryett
2011 Ted Hiebert: Excerpts from the Library of Babel
2011 Members’ Exhibition
2011 Social Security with Deborah Faye Lawrence
 
Frye Art Museum
2011 Picturing a Passion
2010 Northern Latitudes: The Frye and Alaska
2010 On Arctic Ice: Fred Machetanz
2009 Open Roads and Bedside Tables: American Modernism in the Frye Collection
2009 Bringing Munich Home: Selections from the Frye Founding Collection
2009 Transatlantic: American Artists in Germany with Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker
 
San Diego Historical Society
2005 Recent Acquisitions

Recent Research Presentations

2018    Structuring Viewership: Charles Willson Peale, Living Rooms, and Museum Experience, Fifth Association of Historians of American Art Symposium

2018    New Visitors & New Voices: American Museum of Asmat Art Minnesota, Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust, Association of Midwest Museums and Illinois Association of Museums 

2017    Textual Continuum: The Cabinet of Curiosity as Framework for Linking Book History  and the Digital Humanities, Book History and Digital Humanities, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2016 Conversations with New Museum Professionals, Association of Midwest Museums and Minnesota Association of Museums Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN  

2016 How the West was Won: Businessmen-Collectors and American Identity, Collecting and Identity, Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA

2015 Collecting American Glass: Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Gilder Circle in 19th-century New York, Collecting Through Connections, Instituto de História da Arte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

2014 The Emerging Curator Initiative: Trial by Fire, Curatorial and Exhibition Studies: Bridging Theory and Practice, College Art Association Conference

2013 Photo Engraving Killed the Magazine Star: A Case Study in Recontextualizing 19th-Century Illustration, Popular Culture and Consumerism, Western Association of Women Historians Conference

2011 Richard Watson Gilder and The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Print Modernities, University of British Columbia Conference

Professional Affiliations

College Art Association

Western Association of Women Historians

Midwest Art History Society

American Alliance of Museums

Minnesota Association of Museums (Communications Working Group)
North Start Connect: Emerging Museum Professionals of the Twin Cities (Steering Committee)

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
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ARHS 593 - 02 Qualifying Paper Prospectus - - - - - - - -

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21858 (View in ClassFinder)

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During the semester before the student plans to make application for graduation and to graduate, the student must prepare a 10-page typed, double-spaced prospectus. This prospectus must be submitted to the advisor of the qualifying paper, and to the other two faculty members of the Graduation Committee. Prerequisite: ARHS 500. Completion of the language reading requirement. Permission of the department.

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ARHS 594 - 02 Qualifying Paper &Presentation - - - - - - - -

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21860 (View in ClassFinder)

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As a demonstration of the ability to formulate and carry out original and scholarly work in the discipline, all students are required to submit a qualifying paper during the last semester of study. The qualifying paper must also be presented at the annual graduate forum sponsored by the department. Prerequisite: ARHS 593

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ARTH 251 - L01 Museum Studies: Practices - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 414

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1330 - 1510

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OEC 414

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22394 (View in ClassFinder)

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This course provides an investigation of the critical issues facing museums in the 21st century. Museum missions, practices, and resources will be interwoven with a discussion of audience, communication, and collaboration. This course will provide an opportunity for discussions with museum professionals. Partnerships with regional museums will provide hands-on project opportunities during the semester.

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ARTH 393 - I1 Individual Study - - - - - - - -

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22956 (View in ClassFinder)

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4 Credit Hours

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Jayme Yahr

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ARTH 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -

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22966 (View in ClassFinder)

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4 Credit Hours

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Jayme Yahr

These courses allow students to gain credit for certain non-classroom experiences. (These do not include studio art courses.) Normally open to junior and senior students. Permission of the department chair is required. Credit for experience is normally sought prior to its occurrence. Prerequisite: previous course or courses in art history

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ARTH 481 - D01 Senior Paper Presentation - - - - - - - -

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20395 (View in ClassFinder)

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Craig D. Eliason, Jayme Yahr

During the senior year, art history majors are expected to write a major research paper with an abstract and to describe the results of their research in an oral presentation to a departmental symposium to be held prior to graduation. The purpose of this paper and presentation is to allow the student to demonstrate competency in art historical methodology and to gain experience from presenting the results to a group of peers and faculty. The topic and instructor must be chosen in consultation with the department chair during the semester prior to writing the senior paper. Prerequisite: ARTH 110 (or 151 and 152 from previous catalog) and 211

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Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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ARHS 595 - 01 Hennepin Hist. Museum Coll. - - - - - - - -

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30609 (View in ClassFinder)

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ARHS 595 - 02 Hennepin Hist. Museum Coll. - - - - - - - -

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30610 (View in ClassFinder)

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ARHS 595 - 03 Lake County History Soc. Coll. - - - - - - - -

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30611 (View in ClassFinder)

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ARHS 595 - 06 Walker Art Center Development - - - - - - - -

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30614 (View in ClassFinder)

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Jayme Yahr

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ARHS 595 - 4 MN Arboretum Exhibits - - - - - - - -

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30612 (View in ClassFinder)

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ARHS 595 - 5 UST Executive Ed. Curation - - - - - - - -

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30613 (View in ClassFinder)

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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
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ARHS 570 - 01 Museum Studies: Trends, Exhib. - - - R - - - 1730 - 2030 OEC 414

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1730 - 2030

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OEC 414

Course Registration Number:

43201 (View in ClassFinder)

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Jayme Yahr

Why do museums matter in the 21st century? This course provides students with the framework to investigate the critical issues facing museums today. Students will explore the practical skills necessary for successful careers in museums and consider the ways in which new audiences, technology, and innovative programming shape the museum field. This course will include opportunities for dialogue with museum professionals, hands-on projects, and field trips to apply museum studies theory to the visitor experience. Course readings, discussions and projects will address the ways in which museums have changed over time and how these changes have led to reinterpreted core values of museums in the present day. Museum missions, practices, and resources will be interwoven with a discussion of audience, social objects, and blockbuster exhibitions.

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ARTH 250 - L01 Museum Studies: Collections - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 414

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OEC 414

Course Registration Number:

42407 (View in ClassFinder)

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Jayme Yahr

In this course, museum successes and failures will be examined in relation to the broad topics of exhibition design, collecting, politics, tourism, museum organizational structures, architecture, and education. The course combines thematic and theoretical classroom discussions with practical and experiential museum components. This course will provide an opportunity for discussions with museum professionals. Partnerships with regional museums will provide hands-on project opportunities during the semester.

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