Museum Education Director
(315) 797-0000 ext. 2144
April Oswald has been the Museum Education Director at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute since August 2001. She worked as a museum educator at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse and at Hamilton College, as Exhibitions Coordinator at the University of Chicago Library, and as a picture editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica for several years. She received her BA in literature from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1979 and completed her A.M. course work in art history with a concentration in 17th century French and Italian art at the University of Chicago in 1982.
Her professional activities include serving on the Arts Education review panel for the New York State Council on the Arts from 2010 to 2013, on the Board of Directors for Sculpture Space in Utica from 2006 - 2011, and was Board President for the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY from 2004 - 2006. She is currently the chair of the Exhibitions Committee of the Kirkland Art Center. Recent national panel presentations include Docents: To Pay or Not To Pay, at the 2014 National Art Education Association Conference, and Audience Connection and Empowerment: Exhibitions Featuring Student Curators (2012), serving as panel chair for Putting the Museum at the Heart of the Diverse Community: Students Interpret Art (2010), and Great Museum/High School Programs (2006), she also chaired How Cell Phone Audioguides Can Engage Museum Audiences, at the Upstate Historical Association/Museum Association of New York Conference in 2008.
In 2014 she is launching a new initiative at the museum called Shared Traditions: Visual and Language Literacy, a program for groups of recent adult refugees learning English as a second language. In 2004, she was responsible for obtaining a grant from the John Ben Snow Foundation for the building of the MWPAI Art Odyssey Interactive Gallery for All Ages, which she designed after extensive research of over 20 museum family and interactive galleries in the US, Canada, and London.