Paige Bardolph Joins Global Museum as Director

Monday, February 19, 2018

The College of Liberal and Creative Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Paige Bardolph as Director of the Global Museum, effective January 31.
Ms. Bardolph most recently was Associate Curator at the Autry Museum of the American West, where she developed large-scale exhibition projects for several years, including serving as lead curator for the award-winning California Continued, the largest renovation in the Autry’s history.  Ms. Bardolph previously worked for the California Academy of Sciences, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, in areas ranging from collections care to museum education.   A graduate of the M.A. Program in Museum Studies at San Francisco State, Ms. Bardolph also has media, fundraising, and planning experience, and has worked closely with museum boards, in museum administration, and in developing museum audiences.  
The Global Museum, a research service unit of the College and Liberal Arts, is set to open its inaugural exhibit in its new gallery in Fine Arts 203 on April 26, 2018.  The inaugural exhibit will highlight the outstanding collections housed by the Global Museum, which hail from many diverse places around the world, including Egypt, South America, Oceania, and Africa. As a responsible steward of cultural heritage, a place of scholarship, community, and engagement, and a space in which to appreciate the power of diverse communities in a globally-connected world, the Global Museum's mission is to create experiences that foster life-long learning, collaboration with and among diverse communities, and to encourage reflection about global society and our common humanity.  
Professor Edward M. Luby, Director of the Museum Studies Program, and outgoing Director of the Global Museum, welcomed the appointment of Ms. Bardolph.  "For the past three years, I've worked with the campus, the College, and our Museum Studies students to build the infrastructure of the Global Museum, integrating students into all work efforts to create learning experiences as a central goal. I'm exciting beyond words to turn over our "start-up" Museum to such an accomplished museum professional, a graduate of our very own Museum Studies Program, so that the Museum's vision of serving as a vibrant place of education, an emerging center of community, and as a steward of irreplaceable cultural collections can be moved forward."
Dr. Luby will remain on the Global Museum staff as Chief Curator, where he will work closely with Ms. Bardolph and its staff to have the Global Museum serve as a "learning lab" for Museum Studies students, one that reflects community- and educationally-focused museum practice. The Global Museum works closely with graduate students in the Museum Studies Program, as well as with undergraduates enrolled in the new Minor in Museum Studies.  
Initial programs of the Global Museum will focus on serving the diverse population of the campus and its immediate neighbors, as well as K-12 schools from the region, to support engagement with the Global Museum's collections, including the well-known Sutro collection of ancient Egyptian mummies and artifacts.
Details on the Global Museum, including its collections, programming, upcoming events and its works with students will be posted on the Museum's web page in the coming months.