Cowley College looking into ways to collaborate with KU's Spencer Museum of Art

June 14, 2019

Cowley College employees at Spencer Museum of ArtExploring educational opportunities between Cowley College and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art, a group of Cowley College employees recently met with staff members of the museum as well as KU Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Carl Lejuez to discuss ways that KU can be more adaptive to the needs of community college transfer students.

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, vice president of academic affairs Dr. Michelle Schoon, and Mark Flickinger, Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, were among those on the tour of the Spencer Museum of Art.

Director Saralyn Reece Hardy led the tour of the Spencer Museum of Art’s two floors of galleries and educational spaces, including the Brosseau Learning Center and Goddard Study Center.

“It was especially rewarding to meet with our colleagues at Cowley College as we shared common goals and began to talk about some promising collaborations,” Reece Hardy said.

Cowley administrators also had time to connect with some of the Spencer Museum’s public programs staff to talk about educational outreach.

“I enjoyed the meeting with the staff of Spencer Museum of Art to discuss ways that Cowley can engage with KU to promote the arts in educational settings,” Dr. Schoon said.

Flickinger also appreciated meeting with Reece Hardy and the staff of the Spencer Museum of Art. “I plan to bring students to the museum this fall and look for ways to connect pieces within the collection to my art history courses,” Flickinger said. “It is vital for the study of art to view and experience original works. Many pieces within the museum are in our textbook. There is a real opportunity here for us to build bridges to KU, and enhance our own program through their resources.”

Reflecting on the dynamic and rich exchange of ideas and thoughts, Dr. Rittle added, “I need to publicly thank Mr. Bill Docking for initiating the opportunity for this exchange. Many ideas were discussed during our meetings on the KU main campus. Some of these ideas can be acted upon in the next year, while others are far more innovative and exciting, thus, requiring more time and effort to materialize. The hospitality of Director Hardy and Provost Lejuez were exceptional. We concluded by planning to meet annually to assess progress and move this partnership forward.”