Museum Studies Blog

Posted on June 12th, 2024 in Alumni, Student Work by jachigg | Tags:


Have you ever found yourself wandering through a museum, captivated by the stories each object holds? Yeah, me too. That’s why I’m excited to give you a sneak peek into my world – the world of museums. 

As someone diving headfirst into the museum profession, I’m constantly seeking new ways to expand my knowledge and push my boundaries. Whether it’s exploring concepts of exhibit design, communicating and collaborating with artists, or navigating the ins and outs of museum management, every aspect of this field ignites my passion and curiosity. 

With that, I’ve recently curated an e-portfolio, a digital showcase of my journey, experiences, and aspirations within the museum realm. It’s a collection of my proudest moments, a presentation on various projects I have led with a special look into my museum-related experiences throughout the years.

What can you expect to find in my e-portfolio? Well, let me give you a glimpse:

  1. Behind-the-Scenes Insights: Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors at a museum? In my e-portfolio, I share behind-the-scenes glimpses into the planning, preparation, and execution of museum projects. 
  2. Exploration of Exhibit Design Concepts: From brainstorming sessions to the final execution, my e-portfolio delves into the intricate process of exhibit design. I share insights into my creative approach, challenges faced, and lessons learned along the way.
  3. Communication & Collaboration: Working with artists is an integral part of the museum experience, and my e-portfolio offers a behind-the-scenes look at these collaborations. From coordinating exhibitions to facilitating artist talks, I explore the dynamic relationship between museums and artists.
  4. Project Experiences: I’ve led various projects throughout my time in the museum field, and my e-portfolio offers a special look into these endeavors. Whether it’s designing an exhibit, conducting research, or coordinating events, each project has been a valuable slearning experience. 
Madison hanging up a piece in the campus gallery.

Behind-the-scenes exhibit installation for I Love You: A Celebration of Black Love.


From innovative exhibit concepts to behind-the-scenes glimpses into the museum-making process, my e-portfolio shares my knowledge and inspiration. It showcases my dedication to this field and my eagerness to contribute to its vibrant tapestry in any way I can.

Well, if you’re into museums like I am, this is a chance to see what I’ve been up to. Whether you’re a fellow student looking for ideas, a seasoned pro wanting to share insights, or just someone who loves museums, there’s something there for you. 

So what are you waiting for? Come take a look around. Who knows – you might find something that sparks your own museum journey.  

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Madison Zapata (she/her) received her MA in Museum Studies in May 2024 from Indiana University, Indianapolis.