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Dr. Danielle Rice
Danielle Rice, PhD

Teaching Professor and Program Director, Museum Leadership



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Dr. Danielle Rice is Program Director of the Museum Leadership program at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. With more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing innovative interpretive programs and projects, Dr. Danielle Rice brings a wealth of experience as a distinguished advocate for arts education and a skilled museum leader. She served as Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum from 2005 to 2013. Before the Delaware Art Museum, Rice worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as curator of education (1986-1997), senior curator of education (1997-2001) and associate director for programs. She also headed the education departments of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Danielle Rice holds a doctorate in the history of art from Yale University (1979) and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (1973). She has received numerous awards, including the American Association of Museums’ Museum Educators’ Award for Excellence (1988) and the Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Museum Educator of the Year Award (1996).

BA, Wellesley College, 1973
PhD, History of Art, Yale University, 1979

“Museums: Theory, Practice and Illusion,” in Andrew McClellan, editor, Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium, Blackwell Publishers, 2003.

“Balancing Act: Education and the Competing Impulses of Museum Work,” in Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago (The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2003)

"Modern Art: Making People Mad," in Museum News, (vol. 76, no. 3, May/June 1997) pp. 53-58)

“Museum Education Embracing Uncertainty,” in Art Bulletin  (vol. 77, no. 1, March 1995) pp. 15-20.

"The ‘Rocky Dilemma’: Museums, Monuments and Popular Culture in the Post-Modern Era" in Critical Issues in Public Art, edited by Harriet Senie and Sally Webster (N.Y.: Harper/Collins, 1992)

“Examining Exhibitions,” in Museum News, vol. 68, no. 6, (November/December 1989).

"Vision and Culture: The Role of Museums in Visual Literacy,” in The Journal of Museum Education, Vol. 13, no. 3, Fall 1988.

"On the Ethics of Museum Education," in Museum News, vol. 65, number 5 (June 1987).

Leaves of Gold, Interactive CD-Rom, producer (March, 2001)

The Mystery Museum Interactive CD-ROM for children, author and executive producer (January 2001)

The Splendor of Rome, Interactive kiosk and web site, author and producer (January 200)

"A" is for Art, "C" is for Cézanne (1996) and The Mystery Museum (2000), interactive CD-ROMs for children, author and executive producer.

“Two Paintings of Saint Francis by Jan van Eyck” 16-minute video, author and executive producer (1998)

"Installing a Flemish Crucifix,” 10-minute video, author and executive producer (1994)

"Understanding a Renaissance Masterpiece,” 16-minute video, author and executive producer (1994)

Exhibition: Points of View, Wadsworth Atheneum, and June to August 1983.

Exhibition: MATRIX 72: Arakawa, Wadsworth Atheneum, and August to November 1982.

Exhibition:  Sound Perceptions, Wadsworth Atheneum, and December 1981 to January 1982.

Exhibition: On Time, Wadsworth Atheneum, November 1980 to January 1981.