Michael Crowthers ’09

August 29, 2013

Major: Art

Minor: Biology

What are you doing now?

I am currently the Curator of Collections, Exhibitions, and Education at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette in Lafayette, Ind.

I started my former position in the spring of 2011 at The Anderson Center for the Arts, located in Anderson, IN.  I was the Curator of Permanent Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator, responsible for areas related to exhibition co-ordination and promotion.  I was responsible for areas related to care, record keeping, and participation in development of The Anderson's permanent collection of visual art.  I was also involved in exhibition curatorial work.

As a student, what was your experience like at SJC?

I participated in the Study Abroad Program through SJC and Arcadia University.  I spent the last semester of my senior year in Florence, Italy studying at the school Accademia Italiana. I continued my artistic training at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently graduated with a B.F.A.

Why did you choose SJC?

I chose Saint Joseph's College because I wanted a learning environment where there would be a personal connection with the staff and faculty.  I did not just want to be one out of 1,000 students in a lecture hall.  SJC made sure students could not get lost in the system and pushed for real involvement from the students.  I appreciated that, and wanted to be a part of that kind of place.

What did the Core Program do for you?

As for the Core Program, I was really impressed with the claim that afterward I would be able to knowledgeably speak on almost any topic.  At the time I often wondered when I would use certain bits of information, but looking back I am very glad I had Core.  I can't tell you how many times an unexpected topic has come up and I have had something to contribute because of the Core Program.

How did SJC prepare you for the "real world"?

An SJC education taught me the value of tight-knit communities.  A family aspect comes into play, and you try to take care of each other. The Art Department became my family away from home.  The faculty and students there were some of the best people I have ever met in my life. The Art Department always pushed me to be a better artist. I gleaned life long friends and respected colleagues from SJC.  The knowledge I absorbed over the course of my time there was great, but the people there is what made it amazing.

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