Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Michael Botwinick has been Director of the Hudson River Museum since 2001. He has served as Director of the Brooklyn Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Newport Harbor Art Museum in Orange County, CA, The Center for Orange County Regional Studies at the University of California, Irvine and as Assistant Director at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He began his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he was an Associate Curator of Medieval Art and the Cloisters before becoming Assistant Curator-in-Chief of the Museum.
He did his Graduate work at Columbia University. He taught at Columbia and City College. He has organized exhibitions with Museums throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, including the first American exhibitions to go to China. He has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of State on its Art in Embassies Program, the International Research and Exchange Board on Cultural Exchange, the Egyptian Government on cultural policy, the World Bank on the renovation for the Cairo Museum, Yale University on its Art Gallery, and others. He served on the committee that drafted the first Code of Ethics for the American Association of Museums. He has served as a Board Member for the AAM, AAMD, Museums Collaborative and US-ICOM among others. He was Vice President of the Museum Association of New York State from 2008 to 2013.
Topics From Degas to Disney: Public Policy and the Arts
Unlike most countries, the United States provides little direct government support, i.e., a ministry of cultural or cabinet level department, for one of the most highly developed and dynamic arts and culture sectors in the world. Rather than the result of a single national cultural policy, the arts in America have developed for the most part as a private sector enterprise supported by a variety of government policies largely conceived for other public purposes. This course will provide undergraduate students with an introduction to the history and development of public decision making about the arts and the important role played by the arts creative industries in a post-industrial world of rapid technological, social, political, and economic change.