About The Humanities Exchange

The Humanities Exchange:  Building Bridges Between Cultures

Founded in 1981, The Humanities Exchange is devoted to  encouraging understanding and mutual respect among cultures around the world through international exchange and the development and touring of  museum exhibitions.  The Humanities Exchange is a non-profit, 501c(3), tax exempt organization that assists a worldwide audience of museums, art centers, universities, libraries, corporations, foundations and other cultural organizations. The fields of interest include the visual arts, history, science — all of the humanities disciplines.

The Humanities Exchange’s mission is to advise and work with public and private institutions and individuals in Europe, North America and Asia, and to act as a liaison in the coordination of high quality exhibitions for tour to non-profit cultural and educational institutions.

More specifically the Humanities Exchange

Serves as a clearing house for information on exhibition exchange;

Facilitates the exchange of exhibitions between museums in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States;

Advises and consults with public and private institutions and individuals; and,

Acts as a liaison in the coordination of high quality exhibitions for tour to non-profit cultural and educational institutions.

Additionally, the Humanities exchange also assists museums in their endeavors to cope with their changing audiences, the escalating financial pressures of organizing exhibitions, and the
proliferation of new information and techniques of presenting exhibitions and reaching audiences. The Humanities Exchange acts in an advisory capacity, and as a liaison to assist in facilitating all of the details of organizing traveling exhibitions. Shirley Reiff Howarth, the Director of The Humanities Exchange, is an art historian, and former museum director and curator who has worked with museums for over 35 years.

The Exchange’s activities are focused in two primary areas:


To advise and work with museums in Canada, Europe, and the United States in coordinating and presenting touring exhibitions and encouraging exhibition exchange around the world.


To assist museums and cultural institutions by providing information on available exhibitions and on organizing exhibitions, through regular publications both in printed or computer disk format.

The Director / Editor of The Humanities Exchange is

Shirley Reiff Howarth,  Email:  exhibitions@humaniities-exchange.org ;  Telephone:  727- 474-1297

September 1981-present

Founder and Director, The Humanities Exchange.

September 1981-June 1988

Adjunct Professor, St. Leo College, St. Leo, Florida.  Developed an Arts Management curriculum and major for the Humanities Department of the College.  Adjunct Professor teaching Arts Management, Art History, and the History of Photography

January 1979 – August 1981

Founding Director, The Tampa Museum, Tampa, Florida

January 1975 – January 1979

Director, Hackley Art Museum, Muskegon, Michigan (now known as the Muskegon Museum of Art)


Associate Curator, Pennsylvania Collection of Fine Arts, and Curator of Prints and Photography, William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


AB, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 1962-1966, Major: Art History
MA, Pennsylvania State University, College Park, PA, 1967-1969
Major: Art History  Minor: English