Jill Greenwood has been named the Eric and Jane Nord Family Curator of Education at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin.
She will oversee the museum’s public programs and community outreach, including K-12 education, leadership of a museum education course for Oberlin College students, social media, and tours at the Weltzheimer/Johnson House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
For the past two decades, Greenwood has taught art history and museum studies at large state universities, liberal arts and community colleges, art institutes, and elementary schools. Since 2015, Greenwood has been a visiting assistant professor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
“We are excited to have an educator and program manager of Jill’s caliber joining the AMAM staff,” said Andria Derstine, the AMAM’s John G. W. Cowles Director. “Her diversity of teaching experience and her enthusiasm for making the museum collection accessible to all are integral to fulfilling our mission of public outreach and education.”
Greenwood holds doctoral and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Kansas, where her fields of study included medieval art, prints, and Asian art. She earned her undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Puget Sound.
While at the University of Kansas, Greenwood catalogued and maintained a collection of 12,000 works on paper, coordinated traveling exhibitions, recommended acquisitions, and presented print room talks. She also curated exhibitions from “The Medieval Image and Its Immortality” to “Aspects of Modern Life: French 19th Century Prints and Drawings.”
She was an instructor and graduate teaching assistant from 1992 to 2001, during which time she was selected from among 1,350 teaching assistants to receive the Carlin Graduate Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Returning to her native Oregon, Greenwood joined the faculty of Willamette University as a visiting assistant professor, where she taught for 10 years. She also worked as a curatorial consultant at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, where she advised on care and conservation issues for works on paper.
In 2012, Greenwood was hired by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego in New York as its manager of public art and programs. In addition to curating the city’s art collection and public art program, she trained and coordinated docents, organized public events, and revised the art literacy curriculum for elementary school visitors, serving 6,800 students annually.
Since moving to Oberlin in 2014, Greenwood has cultivated relationships with the Oberlin Public Library, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin Heritage Center, and the Eastwood-Prospect Parent Teacher Organization.
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