Rika Burnham

Rika Burnham is Head of Education at The Frick Collection. Previously, she was a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked from 1985 to 2008. Burnham was recognized by the National Art Education Association for sustained achievement in teaching in 2001, appointed a Getty Museum Scholar in 2002, and received the James D. Burke Prize for achievement in the arts in 2003, the first museum educator to receive this award. She received the Charles Robertson Memorial Award from the School Art League in 2005 and in 2006 was an Attingham Trust Scholar in the Royal Collection Studies Programme in London. She has been a guest lecturer and conducted workshops at art museums across the United States since 1989. She has been a visiting museum educator of the Summer Institute of Contemporary Art and project director of the Teaching Institute for Museum Educators, both at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an adjunct professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her publications include several essays on museum education, as well as a catalogue essay in Pierre Bonnard: The Late Still Lifes and Interiors (2009), edited by Dita Amory. Her first book, Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience, co-authored with Elliott Kai-Kee, was published in spring 2011.

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Education