Associate professor wins American Association of Museums award

March 31, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- David Ebitz, associate professor of art and art education, has been awarded the 2010 Excellence in Practice Award from the American Association of Museums (AAM) Committee on Education (EdCom). Chosen for his contributions in the field of museum education through publications, presentations, professional training materials, teaching and leadership, Ebitz will receive the award at the annual AAM meeting in Los Angeles, May 25, 2010.

Ebitz coordinates the undergraduate museums and cultural institutions option in art education; works with graduate students on museum and technology-related research; and teaches large art appreciation surveys. His research interests have included medieval secular arts, art historiography and criticism, and art and museum education, on which he has published and given numerous lectures and workshops. His current research is on museum policy and the education of museum educators, on assessment in art appreciation courses, and on the use of digital technology and the Web in teaching.

Ebitz has a bachelor of arts degree in art history from Williams College and an artium magister and doctorate in fine arts from Harvard University. He was assistant and associate professor of art at the University of Maine from 1978-1987, where he served as interim director of the University of Maine Art Collection. From 1987 to 1992, Ebitz was head of the Department of Education and Academic Affairs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, a period when the Getty assumed a leadership role in museum education. From 1992 until 2000, David was director of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where he oversaw a $15 million restoration of the museum's historic mansion and supervised a complete reinstallation of the museum's galleries. He has curated exhibitions on prints, photography, decorative arts and American art.

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