Kym Rice

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Associate Professor, Museum Studies Program
Flagg Building, Rm. 120 A, 500 17th St. NW, Washington DC 20006
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Kym Rice, Ph.D., is a Full-Time Faculty in the Museum Studies Program at GW University. She has taught Museum Studies at The George Washington University since 1996 and previously served as the Interim Director, Program Director, and Assistant Director. Until October 1st 2015, she also served as the Interim Director of GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
She teaches courses such as Exhibition Script Writing and Curatorial Research & Planning.


Current Outside Position

Professor Rice currently consults on museum interpretive plans and future exhibitions and has worked with many institutions including Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, and the Smithsonian Institution.



A long-time exhibition developer and curator, Professor Rice works with museums and historical organizations throughout the United States. Her award-winning exhibitions include “A Share of Honour: Virginia Women 1600-1945” for the Virginia Women’s Cultural History Project; “Before Freedom Came: African American Life in the Antebellum South,” organized for the Museum of the Confederacy; and “Taverns: For the Entertainment of Friends and Strangers” at Fraunces Tavern Museum.



BA in Art History, Tulane University
MA in American Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
PhD in American Studies, The George Washington University


Professional Organizations

  • 2000 - 2007 Co-editor of the Journal of American History’s exhibition reviews section
  • 2010 - 2012 Headed the Iraqi Museum Residency Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
  • Currently co-chair of the Committee on Museum Professional Training, a professional network of AAM