Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


Museum Studies

First Advisor

Stephanie Brown


This capstone is a project management plan for the curation of a real-world contemporary art exhibition at the University of San Francisco’s Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery. Adjacent Shores: Hughen Starkweather was on view from March 7 through April 24 of 2016, and featured an eighteenth century Japanese map and the work of the collaborative team of San Francisco based artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather. The exhibition was part of a larger program of events that occurred concurrently on the USF campus and at the Asian Art Museum, all centered on the theme of cartography. During and immediately following the Museum Studies capstone course I was employed by Thacher Gallery to curate the Adjacent Shores exhibition, which provided me with the opportunity to apply all that I learned while working on the content of this document. Included herein is my research and documentation of my work process for the Adjacent Shores project, including a project description, my goals and objectives, a detailed action plan, a sample request for proposal for the position of the exhibition curator, a description of the ways in which the project will be evaluated, and a literature synthesis and annotated bibliography.