Museum Studies

Meet Our Alumni

2010 Graduate

Katy Miller

Kathy is a long-time resident of the Quad Cities, where she and her husband have raised three daughters. She studied Fine Art at Augustana College and at Illinois State University. In 2009, Kathy graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.A., with minors in business management and marketing.

While a full-time student, Kathy also worked as a Realtor® and is now co-owner and manager of a rental property business.

Museums and art have been a life-long passion for Kathy as she has traveled the globe to visit museums. Her most recent museum trip included a marketing study of museums in London, UK, Istanbul, Turkey, and Athens, Greece. While in Istanbul, Kathy presented her research about museum leisure time needs of non-visitors at the International Council of Museum’s Inclusive Museums Conference and was published in the organization’s 2010 journal. She is currently researching the museum ethics of retaining possession of Greek artifacts with a case study of the Elgin Marbles.

As a marketing intern, Kathy worked specifically with the museum store developing marketing strategies to improve store visibility and revenue. As a curatorial intern working with Greg Gilbert, PhD at the Figge Art Museum, Kathy researched exhibitions for the museum’s schedule, learned about the operations of the curatorial department, and worked with development strategies to support the exhibitions.

Kathy completed the Museum Studies program in December 2010.

Today, Kathy has her own museum consulting business, Museum Matters and Views.