An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art

Celka Straughn, PhD

Director of Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art
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Celka Straughn is the co-director of this NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, as well as a Core Faculty and selection committee member. She will be available to help before the workshops and will be present at all workshop-related events. Celka will also be guiding two interactive presentations, the first introducing the visual storytelling projects you will create during the workshops and the second focusing on art- and object-based teaching and learning. 

Celka also serves as the Spencer Museum of Art’s Director of Academic Programs. In this position, she integrates the museum’s collection and resources into cross-disciplinary teaching and research. Her interests include  global museum discourse, social justice in museums, exhibition and collecting histories and practices, eco-critical art history, and modern European art and artist networks. She is a co-investigator of the Spencer’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative and the College Art Association’s Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals. She has worked on many exhibitions including Politics as Symbol/Symbol as Politics, Media Memes: Images, Technology & Making the News, The Object Speaks, and Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU. In addition to her museum work, she teaches in KU’s Honors Program and is an affiliate faculty in German Studies. She was awarded a Getty Leadership Institute Fellowship (2015), as well as a Social Justice Fellowship through the Office of Multicultural Affairs at KU (2016).


PhD, University of Chicago
MA, Courtauld Institute of Art
BA, Stanford University


Contact | 785-864-0137

Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

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Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045  | 785-864-4710

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