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Dr. Decker’s Curatorial Studies class celebrates Homecoming once again

The Georgetonian/MEREDITH RIGBY

By MEREDITH RIGBY
Staff Writer
Among the typical English, biology and religion major courses offered at Georgetown College, sometimes there are hidden gems. One of these has to be ART 302, “Curatorial Studies.” This class, taught by Dr. Juilee Decker and offered every fall, is a little different from your usual art classes. Maddy Fritz, one of the students in the course, put it this way: “It is more hands-on. I like art history, and other classes are more research based. This one is experiential.” Through the class, a small group of students learns about Georgetown’s history through a series of three projects and then shares its ndings with others. Dr. Decker explains that it is an art class because it is focused on “museum collections and curation: understanding objects, then putting them in contexts for other people to understand.” However, she also stresses that back based on objects that they have found in the archives. Some things that you will be able to see in the exhibit include an amazingly detailed scrapbook made by Margery Parish, a student who graduated in 1923, and the diploma of Anne Payne, a graduate of 1890. You will be able to hear their stories, which the students have pieced together. You will also be able to literally hear voices of the past, as recently digitized recordings from the 1970s of such famous alumni as Sara Thomas Hambrick and Dr. Robert Hinton will be on display, as well as recordings from the interviews the students have had with other alumni, such as Martha Hagan, class of 1955. It is very interesting to see “how different their experience was at Georgetown than what we have now,” says Maddy Fritz. The exhibit will be something you won’t want to miss. It opens this Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in the Cochenour Gallery in the LRC, with the participants giving a reception at 1 p.m. for Nexus credit. the class welcomes any students who are interested, other majors bringing a  different lens to the group. Students of Curatorial Studies have been hard at work since the beginning of the semester working on their rst project. It has become a Georgetown College tradition to have the class open an exhibit about the college’s history during Homecoming weekend. Each year, the topic for the exhibit is different, this year’s topic being “Georgetown Stories.” The exhibit, which the class is setting up this week, is centered on objects that illustrate stories about the college’s history. The students each have their own part of the project to work on. Some have interviewed alumni from the class of 1953 onward and then searched for objects in the library’s archives that somehow go with the stories they hear from the alumni. Others are reconstructing stories about former students even farther