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Rika Burnham

ORG The Metropolitan Museum of Art Title BIO Rika Burnham is Associate Museum Educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she gives public lectures and works with students, teachers, and docents. A leading figure in American museum education, Miss Burnham has been a guest lecturer in staff and docent education in major art museums across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Barnes Foundation, the MFA/Boston, the Nelson Atkins, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. In 2001, she was recognized by the National Art Education Association with an award for sustained achievement in museum teaching, and in 2002, she was appointed a Getty Museum Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and Museum. In 2003, she presented the Friedman Lecture and received the James D. Burke Prize for achievement in the arts at the St. Louis Art Museum, the first museum educator ever to receive this award. In 2005, she received the Charles Robertson Memorial Award from the School Art League of NYC. She is the visiting museum educator for the Summer Teacher Institute of Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and co-director of the Summer Seminar for Docents at the Princeton Art Museum.