Building a Place for History
Heather Hope Kuruvilla, M.A., J.D., is a museum professional with special interests in the areas of intellectual property and rights management, museum administration, board fiduciary responsibility, and the ethical and thoughtful approach to necessary deaccessioning. The past Interim Director of the Meadowlands Museum (Rutherford, NJ), she received her M.A. in Museum Professions (museum registration) from Seton Hall University and her J.D. and Certificate in Intellectual Property: Art & Museum Law from DePaul University College of Law. Her past research interests have included the intersection of ethics and the law in museum deaccessioning and the impact of the Visual Artists Rights Act on museums. Her seminar article on deaccessioning was published (as Heather Hope Stephens) in the Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law in 2011. Currently, she is writing an article on the use of proceeds arising from disposal following a deaccession. Her book, A Legal Dictionary for Museum Professionals, is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield.