Rosie May

Associate Director of Interpretation and Visitor Research


Rosie May's Interpretation team works with the Curatorial and Design, Publishing, and New Media departments to bring knowledge about informal learning environments and visitor research into the decision-making process around exhibitions, working to ensure visitors to the MCA feel comfortable, engaged, and empowered.

May has worked in the field of museum learning for over a decade at museums around the country including the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She has spent many years teaching art history in universities such as I.U.P.U.I, the University of Indianapolis, Temple University, Drexel University, Arcadia University, and St. Joseph’s University, and spent several years working as a guide giving tours of museums in Rome, Philadelphia, and New York.

May has a PhD in art history from Temple University, an MA in art history from the University of Illinois, and a BA in English literature from the University of Oklahoma.

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Rosie May
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