Alumni Update with Amanda

Have you ever wondered what other career paths are available for art majors? Well Amanda is here to share how her arts administration and art history major led her to her current job. With the experience and information learned from Marywood University Amanda is able to have a career as a museum educator in Washington DC.


Amanda working in gallery

Hirshhorn Museum at Yayoi Kusama’s exhibtion

Graduation Year/Major: 2015 double major in Arts Administration and Art History with a minor in Business

Marywood Clubs/Organizations: President of Zeta Omicron (Art Honor Society), RA in Loughran Hall, Campus Ministry (spring break service trips and 4:12 for Women Faith Group), and blogger for Where Creativity Works.

Current Occupation:  I am currently working as a Museum Educator at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

1) What was your favorite part about Marywood? My favorite part of Marywood was being involved with the Mahady and Maslow Art Galleries. I learned so much and had wonderful mentors. I’m also so grateful for the friends that I made through the Art Department. At Marywood, you meet people with similar passions for the arts and navigate the crazy world of college and post-graduation life together.

2) Any advice for current art students at Marywood? My advice for current art students is to not only study and create, but go out and talk to artists. Ask questions and get inspired by people who are doing what you might want in a career one day. (First Fridays in Scranton are a great opportunity for this!) Take time to read up on current exhibits and art news as well. One of my favorites is Artsy’s Top News Stories This Week for quick updates from a variety of sources

3) How did your art education at Marywood help your career? As an Arts Administration student, I had a wide range of internships and classes that gave me the necessary theoretical and hands-on experiences to work in a museum education department. I was able to tailor my opportunities to align with my passion for education and art history, which lead to my career in museum education!

national building museum

National Building Museum

4) What is your favorite part about your job? My favorite part of my job is getting to educate people about art and architecture. I work a lot with children who have an awesome sense of wonder and discovery.

5) What is the most challenging part of your job?  The most challenging part of my job is being prepared for the unexpected. In a museum every day is different and it’s my responsibility as an Educator to ensure our school groups and families walk away with newfound knowledge and a positive experience.

All Images and Information are courtesy of Amanda Hinkel


UNDERGRADUATE: Marywood’s arts administration program provides a foundation in both art and business. It includes courses in business and global innovation, art history, and art foundation, as well as practical experience in curating and historic preservation in museums and galleries. LEARN MORE

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