Student-Led Exhibition, "George Washington and His World," Opens at the GW Museum

Students in Prof. Denver Brunsman's "George Washington and His World" course curated the exhibition, on view from February 8-July 26, 2020.

Three students at Mt. Vernon point at paintings on the wall
January 15, 2020

By Claire Vanderwood

Seventeen students in Prof. Denver Brunsman's course, "George Washington and His World," curated an exhibition of the same name about how Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and Washington, D.C., shaped George Washington, and vice versa.

The students each selected two objects from the museum's Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, and collaborated closely with Prof. Brunsman and the collection's assistant curator, Jackie Streker. They split into teams, headed by graduate students Mary Lesher (Museum Studies), Rachel Poe (Museum Studies), and Courtland Ingraham (History), to research the objects' connections to the three places and tell of Washington's relationship to them.

Prof. Brunsman wrote an article about the students' experience, "From Classroom to Gallery: George Washington and His World," which is featured in the Winter 2020 edition of the Museum Magazine.

In addition, GW Today published an article about the exhibition, "Students Become Curators of 'George Washington and His World.'"

The exhibition will be on display from February 8-July 26, 2020, at the GW University Museum and Textile Museum. Click here to learn more.