Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Wed 19 Oct - Sun 23 Oct, 2011

Elaine Gurian Elaine Gurian (Faculty)

Country/Region: USA

Consultant/Advisor to Museums, Arlington, United States

Elaine Heumann Gurian is a consultant/advisor to a number of museums and visitor centers that are beginning, building or reinventing themselves. Her current clients include the Museum of the City of London, UK; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Australia; Auckland Museum, Auckland, NZ; the Museum of Western Australia, Perth Australia; the Museum of the Survivors of Trujillo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; the Detroit Zoo and the Boston Children's Museum, USA. In the recent past she has worked as a senior consultant to the following projects; The National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; The National Discovery Museum, Thailand; National Museum of Australia, the Jewish Museum Berlin; CIRMA, the national archive of Guatemala; Te Papa; the Museum of New Zealand; the Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg Sweden, and the Dubai Municipality Children's Museum.

Ms. Gurian is widely published. In 2006, Routledge published her volume, Civilizing the Museum: the Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian. She is editor for the volume Institutional Trauma: The Effect of Major Change on Museum Staff and currently on the editorial board of the journal, Curator.

Ms. Gurian is a teacher, trainer and lecturer at many academic and in-service programs of museum studies worldwide. In 2007 she was named a recipient of a Fulbright scholar. In 2006, Gurian was named to a three year term as visiting scholar at the University of Michigan Graduate Program in Museum Studies.

In 2006 Elaine Heumann Gurian was inducted as one of the 100 Centennial Honor Roll members by the American Association of Museums, who also honored her with the Distinguished Service to Museums Award in 2004. She is currently serving on the US-ICOM board of directors, is the immediate past president of the Museum Group, an association of independent museum consultants and has served on the Advisory Arts Council to the President of Brandeis University and as an advisor to Fundacion TyPA, Argentina. Gurian has held many elected positions at the American Association of Museums and ICOM.

Before becoming a consultant, Ms. Gurian held many staff positions: acting director of the Cranbrook Institute of Science, deputy director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, deputy director for Public Program Planning for the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, deputy assistant secretary for Museums at the Smithsonian, director of the Exhibit Center, the public facility of the Boston Children's Museum, director of education at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA.