Sierra Van Ryck deGroot — ars moriendi

the individual.

Sierra Van Ryck deGroot is doing the best she can.

Born off of Exit 148 and raised off of Exit 114, she is a staunch supporter of the existence of Central Jersey.

She has a BA in Art, Design, and Interactive Media; Fine Art; and Art History from Seton Hall University. Sierra also has a MSEd in Museum Education with a specialization in Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education.

She currently works for Museum Hue as the Deputy Director.

Sierra serves as a board member of ArtTable and the New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM). She was previously on the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network (NEMPN) board as a Co-President (1/2 of the former Sierras Leadership team).

In her free time, Sierra enjoys visiting museums, reading, eating good food with good company, and craft beers.

You can find her having a lot to say on Twitter as @sierra_vrd or occasionally posting on Instagram as @sierragoesthere.

Sierra is a small but crackly portion of Dead Dreams Club Live.

the work.

👩🏾‍💻Currently Working as

Museum Consultant (but looking for FT work)

📍️Previously Seen As

Deputy Director
Museum Hue | June 2022 - April 2024

Assistant Director of Education
Poster House | December 2020 - June 2022

Education Programs Manager
Poster House | October 2019 - December 2020

Education Assistant
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | July 2018 - October 2019

Program Assistant
Cool Culture | June 2017 - June 2018

💡️ Can Also Be Found Doing

Board Member | ArtTable | July 2023 - present

Board Member | New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM) | June 2022 - present

Grants Reviewer | New Jersey Council of Humanities | March 2022 - present

︎︎︎ Past Sightings

Grants Reviewer | New York State Council of Arts | August 2021 - November 2023

Co-Editor| Viewfinder, NAEA Museum Ed Division | September 2020 - June 2023

Co-President | National Emerging Museum Professionals Network| July 2020 - July 2022

Secretary and Peer Group Liaison | New York City Museum Educators Roundtable | July 2018 - June 2021

the writings.

Random Published Thoughts in Print

Wrote a book review in Curator Journal (Fall 2022)

Co-Author of a chapter in Creating Meaningful Museum Experiences for K-12 Audiences: How to Connect with Teachers and Students (October 2021) 

Mentioned in Muse Magazine (Canadian Museums Association) (October 2021)

Quoted in Leadership Matters: Leading Museums in an Age of Discord (August 2019)

the wonderings.

Random Spoken Thoughts IRL (in real life)

Why Wait for the Future: Addressing the Now in Museums
The Greater Hudson Heritage Conference | October 24, 2023

Here to Stay: POC-led Cultural Groups in NYC’s Creative Economy
Hester Street and Next City| June 20, 2023

MuseumCU: The Role of Museums in the Larger Cinematic Universe
National Council for Public History (NCPH)| April 14, 2023

Building HueSpaces: Foundations for a Sustainable Arts Infrastructure
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (Building Museums) | March 13, 2023

︎︎︎Critique as Radical Love 
Clyfford Still Museum | January 27, 2023

Cocktail and Networking Session: How to Find Your Community with Sierra Van Ryck deGroot of Museum Hue
Art Administrators of Color | November 5, 2022

Transience and Turnover: Surviving Museum Work
American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) | September 15, 2022

Museums as Agents of Change: Engaging Communities in Civic Action
American Alliance of Museums (AAM) | May 20, 2022

NYC/AIC: Collaboration in a Time of Crisis
Museum Association of New York (MANY) | April 11, 2022

Random Spoken Thoughts on the Internet

︎︎︎Raising the Voices of People of Color in Museums and Exhibitions
Making the Museum| February 13, 2024

MuseumCU 2: The Role of Museums in the Larger Cinematic Universe
National Council for Public History (NCPH)| October 5, 2023

︎︎︎Hiring Icks and Fair Museum Jobs (Podcast Discussion)
We the Museum | August 16, 2023

Reframing and Reclaiming Diversity in Museum Practise: Stories from Emerging Changemakers (Panelist)
Canadian Museums Association | February 27, 2023

When Next is Now: Programming for Young Adult Museum Lovers + Professionals (Presenter)
New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM) | November 4, 2021

︎︎︎Make that Network Werk, Werk, Werk for EMPs (Presenter)
Museum Computer Network (MCN) | October 28, 2021

Brooklyn Museum Intern Convening (Panelist)
Brooklyn Museum | August 2021

New Year, New Skills: NYCMER Career Symposium (Presenter)
New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) | January 10, 2021

Tool Petting Zoo: Getting Hands-on with Airtable and Other Tools for Collections, Exhibitions, Project Management, and Content Strategy (Panelist)
Museum Computer Network (MCN) Virtual Conference | November 11, 2020

Young Professionals and the Future of Museums (Panelist)
Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) Conference | September 30, 2020

︎︎︎On Being A Good Mentor ft. Sierra Van Ryck deGroot (Podcast Interview)
Scholars Beyond The Tower | August 26, 2020

︎︎︎Museum Internships Past, Present, and Future: Dismantling Systems of Powers from the Ground Up (Panelist)
Death to Museums Unconference Series | August 2, 2020

︎︎︎How to Manage a Remote Internship Program at Your Museum (Panelist)
Cuseum Webinar Series | April 30, 2020