Richard Saunders

Director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art

 work(802) 443-5031
 Mahaney Arts Center

Richard Saunders has been at Middlebury since 1985. His areas of expertise are art of the United States and the history of the art museum.

He received degrees from Bowdoin College (B.A.), the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware (M.A.), and Yale University (M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D.).



Course List: 

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HARC 0510 - Advanced Studies      

Advanced Studies
Supervised independent work in art history, museum studies, or architectural studies. (Approval Required)

Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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HARC 0540 - Independent Museum Studies      

Supervised Independent Work in Museum Studies
This practicum builds upon the Museum Assistants Program (MAP), the hands-on museum education program at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. In MAP, the Curator of Education trains students to conduct tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and of special exhibitions for audiences of peers, school groups, and the general public. Combining service learning with the opportunity to both support and learn more about the arts, students gain expertise in public speaking, art history, and public programming. HARC 0540 should be taken concurrently with the second semester of MAP. The class will culminate with a public presentation on a museum-related topic evaluated by a faculty member of the Department of History of Art & Architecture. (Approval required)

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023

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HARC 0761 - Senior Thesis: Museum Studies      

Senior Thesis: Museum Studies
This course is a continuation of HARC 0710, which consists of ongoing, supervised independent work with an advisor, plus organizing, writing, and presenting a curatorial or museum-based thesis or exhibition. (Approval Required)

Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022, Winter 2023

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Department of History of Art & Architecture

Edward Vazquez, Chair

Michaela Davico, Department Coordinator

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753