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Arts Administration Program Welcomes New Professor, Michael Wilkerson

September 19, 2012

Michael Wilkerson has taught writing, arts administration, literary interpretation, and other subjects for more than two decades at American, Indiana, DePauw, Wisconsin, and at the School of the Art Institute. He spent many years in the administration of Indiana University and was executive director of two renowned artists’ residency programs: Ragdale near Chicago and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.  Michael was the founding editor of the literary magazine Indiana Review and was founding chair of the Alliance of Artists’ Communities.  He has served as a volunteer for several local arts organizations in Washington, DC and Bloomington, including terms as board president of both Cardinal Stage and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, and as a board member of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation.

Michael is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and has presented research at several AAAE conferences.  An article on endowment funding recently appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review, and his proposed reworking of the national public funding system of the arts will appear in the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. Prior to joining SPEA as a Lecturer in its Arts Administration program, Michael was an assistant professor of arts management in the Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, DC.  In that position he revised most of the core courses and supervised many internships and master’s theses.  His favorite course at American was Cultural Policy, though he is proud of organizing a festival of original films about financial management when he was the professor in that subject.  Michael also taught part-time in the MAAA program when it was housed in the School of Music and in its first years in SPEA.

Michael holds a Master’s in fiction writing from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.G.S. in Humanities/Writing (with High Distinction) from Indiana University.  He is married to Deborah Galyan, communications and marketing director for the College of Arts and Sciences, and has two sons, Dylan (21) and Liam (13).