Megan Hancock, Denison Museum, Curator, Education and Exhibitions

Meet the Board: Secretary Megan Hancock

Please tell us a little about where you work and what you do there.

I work at the Denison Museum, a teaching museum located on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio with my three other amazing colleagues. I serve as the main educator and curator, connecting our collections and exhibitions to courses across campus. I have a great group of student interns that I mentor and assist with everything from exhibition research, exhibition install/de-install, education, PR/social media, video production, and curation.

What is your earliest museum memory?

Going to see the animatronic dinosaur exhibition at the Kentucky Science Center. I remember entering a room when the large T-Rex that bent down and roared directly at me, being 4, I thought it was real and turned around and ran out of the exhibition. My father was finally able able to lure me back in to see the furry elephant (Woolly Mammoth), and the wiggling triceratops eggs.

What led you to go into the museum field?

I always enjoyed being creative, making art, and working with people and at a museum, I can do all three.

What is your workspace like? 

Busy! We have one shared office space for all staff and our interns are scattered about doing different projects. In the office we have lots of desks, chairs, computers, books, files, and conversations. It is never dull or too quiet. You can tell my desk from the rest due to the colorful cup of pens, and two bowls of stress and desk toys.

What item in your office can you not live without?

My tea mug.

Describe your favorite work memory. What was your best day like?

My favorite work memories are getting to work side by side with some noteworthy artists. 

My best day is working with my interns and preparators on installation day.

What does your dream museum look like?

My dream museum would have lots of modern and contemporary art, space, and plenty of comfy furniture.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

From a dear friend who at age four told me to, “Suck it up, buttercup.”

What are you currently reading?

Famous works of art- and how they got that way by John Nici

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Something people don’t know about me is: I've toured the country as a cellist, worked in toy design in New York City, and I'm a die­hard Francophile.