Whitman College

Finding Your First Opportunity at a Museum

Are you passionate about preserving and telling the stories of diverse communities? Do you dream of Picasso? How about teaching your community about the natural history of your region? We have one word for you: museum.

Join the Sheehan Gallery and Student Engagement Center on February 23 to hear from a panel of museum professionals to learn how you can prepare for a future in museum studies. During this interactive panel, you will hear from three professionals about how the field is changing, learn which skills you should develop, and gain insights to career trajectories.

Dr. Libby Miller, Whitman College (Moderator) Libby Miller is Whitman College’s Director of the Maxey Museum, where she oversees the museum’s collections. She is Whitman College’s Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) coordinator. Miller is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Cultural Studies and General Studies. Miller received her doctorate degree in the History of Art from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Laura Ferguson, High Desert Museum (Panelist) Laura Ferguson is the Senior Curator of Western History at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, where she develops exhibitions on interdisciplinary topics, supports the Museum’s historical interpretation, and collaborates with community partners. Laura holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan and previously served as a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

Randall Melton, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute (Panelist) Randall Melton is the Exhibits Coordinator for Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, which is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Randall attended Whitman College and graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a B.S. in Anthropology/Sociology. During his time at Whitman, Randall worked as an intern at the Maxey Museum. He also interned at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Whitman Mission, and has worked for Tamástslikt since 1996.

Matt Lopez, Walla Walla Foundry (Panelist) Matt was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM where he was educated in a back-to-the-land Waldorf tradition. From art galleries to museums, Matt has worked at many institutions including Ratio 3 gallery, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Mills College Art Museum, and for the past 10 years at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). During his career, Matt has worked with many artists, from art students and emerging artists to more established artists such as Matthew Barney, Vija Celmins, Mark Bradford, and Barry McGee. He has also worked in art preservation, permanent collection shows, and mid- to late-career retrospective exhibitions including Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC and SFMOMA in 2019. Matt currently works as a Production Assistant Technician at the Walla Walla Foundry.

Dial-In Information


Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30 pm to 5:05 pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Speaker, Arts, On Campus Recruiting, Information Session, Art & Communication, Career Development


Faculty, Staff, Students, Virtual Campus


Student Engagement Center


student engagement center



Student Engagement Center
Event Contact Name

Nikki Brueggeman


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