New Residencies Begin At the Museum

Phillip Yenawine will spend a month as the Museum's inaugural Educator-in-Residence, while Takuma Ono will begin his residency this summer as the first Maeder-York Family Fellow in Landscape Studies.

"It's an exciting time to have such great minds contributing to the rich educational experience at the Museum," said Peggy Burchenal, Esther Stiles Eastman Curator of Education at the Museum.

Phillip Yenawine has been selected as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's first Educator-in-Residence. The program aims to provide experienced educators with time to reflect on their practice. While designed with museum educators in mind, individuals interested in the broader educational role of art museums in the context of urban education and arts education policy may be selected in the future. The first two years of the program have been generously underwritten by Pamela D and Robert W. Adams.

Yenawine is co-founder (with cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen) of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE), and together they are the authors and creators of Visual Thinking Strategies, an art-based elementary curriculum. He was Director of Education at The Museum of Modern Art from 1983-93, and also served as consulting curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art, and as Visiting Professor of art education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, both in Boston.

Yenawine is the author of an introduction to modern art, a dictionary of art terms, and six children's books about art. He is also the recipient of the National Art Education Association Award for Distinguished Service, 1993; the National Art Education Association Museum Educator of the Year Award, 1991; the New York State Governor's Award for Visual AIDS and A Day Without Art, 1990; and the New York State Governor's Award for The Museum of Modern Art's program for people with hearing disabilities, 1984. He has served as the George A. Miller Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois, and in 2003, he received an honorary doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute.

"It is a great privilege to welcome such a groundbreaking figure in museum education," Burchenal said. "Philip's work has contributed to a paradigm shift in the field. He's shown us how to think more profoundly about how visitors of all ages learn in museums, and how we as museum teachers can better facilitate that learning."

Takuma Ono, Design Director of Aershop (Architecture/Environment/Research/
Workshop), New York, NY, was recently selected to become the first Maeder York Family Fellow in Landscape Studies. The biennial award is designed to recognize and support emerging design talent in landscape and to support the Gardner Museum's legacy of Artists-in-Residence. During his residency, Ono will explore the use of dredge as a design material during his residency.

"Takuma's work is innovative in the study of urban landscape design," said Charles Waldheim, Charles Waldheim/Urban Agency, Consulting Curator of Landscape. "It will be a great opportunity to see the ideas he will explore during his residency at the Gardner Museum.

Ono's interests in the biological sciences and urban design have led to involvement in a range of collaborative urbanism projects. He received his MLA from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2007 and his BS in Microbiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design.

Ono will begin his residency on June 7, 2012 with a talk focusing on his work with Charles Waldheim.