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 is a co-editor of Viewfinder, the NAEA Museum Education Division’s journal as well as a board member of the New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM). She just finished serving 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.

the work.

👩🏾‍💻Currently Working as

Deputy Director of Museum Hue

📍️Previously Seen As

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

📣  Last Heard From

Transience and Turnover: Surviving Museum Work
American Association for State and Local History 
(AASLH) | September 16, 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

💡️ Can Also Be Found Doing

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

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

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

Co-Editor-in-Chief| Viewfinder, NAEA Museum Ed Division | September 2020 - present

︎︎︎ Past Sightings

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 passions.

Madonna and Child, Google Meet Screenshot, Imani Parkinson, 2022. 

the wonderings.

Random Published Thoughts in Print

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

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)

Random Published Thoughts on the Internet

U.S. Museums Will Now Be Required to Post Pay Ranges for Job Listings on the Top Professional Organization’s Website

ArtNet| August 23, 2022

Want to Work in a Museum? Here’s How

LinkedIn News | September 21, 2022

New Database Shows Which Museum Job Boards Post Salaries

Hyperallergic | July 13, 2022

Inside Out

First published in the Museological Review, Issue 24

Random Spoken Thoughts on the Internet

When Next is Now: Programming for Young Adult Museum Lovers + Professionals
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