Celka Straughn

Deputy Director for Public Practice, Curatorial and Research, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas


Since joining the Spencer Museum of Art in 2009 Celka Straughn has worked to integrate the museum into the life of the university, and university teaching, learning, research and other activities into the life of the museum. This includes collaborative exhibition projects with faculty and students, such as American Dream, a student-generated exhibition with Dr. Ellen Raimond in conjunction with the 2016 KU Common Book. Her teaching and scholarly work on museums explores collecting practices, museums and markets, colonial and global museum discourses, cross-disciplinary museum learning and engagement, and museum ethics. She regularly teaches courses for KU’s Honors Program, and is affiliate faculty in Museum Studies and German Studies. Currently she is completing an edited volume on the Spencer Museum’s founding collection, Perspectives on a Legacy Collection: Sallie Casey Thayer’s Gift to the University of Kansas.

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