Rika Burnham

Rika Burnham is Head of Education. Previously, she was a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was recognized by the National Art Education Association for sustained achievement in teaching and was appointed a Getty Museum Scholar, as well as an Attingham Trust Scholar in the Royal Collection Studies Programme. She also received the James D. Burke Prize and the Charles Robertson Memorial Award from the School Art League for achievement in the arts. Ms. Burnham has been a guest lecturer and conducted workshops at art museums nationwide and internationally, and has been an adjunct professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a visiting museum educator for the Teacher Institute of Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is the ongoing project director of the Teaching Institute for Museum Educators/TIME. Her publications include several essays on museum education and a catalogue essay in Pierre Bonnard: The Late Still Lifes and Interiors (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009). Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience (Getty, 2011), which she co-authored with Elliott Kai-Kee, won a PROSE Award for best title in education of 2011 from the Association of American Publishers. Ms. Burnham earned a degree in art history from Harvard University and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2014. 

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