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Curatorial Internship for Museum Diversity (summer 2020)


Type: Internships [View all]
Posted by: Asheville Art Museum
Deadline: Sun, March 1st, 2020

The Curatorial Internship for Museum Diversity broadens opportunities for students who are passionate about a career in the arts and whose backgrounds or experiences are underrepresented in the museum field.

This intern will gain valuable professional experience by working alongside the Curatorial team on the Museum’s growing Black Mountain College Collection, which includes 1000+ artworks and ephemeral materials by 100+ artists. Objects include but are not limited to paintings, textiles, furniture, works on paper, and sculptures. Projects for summer 2020 include:

• Assist with the documentation and care of BMC Collection materials, such as condition-reporting, record-keeping, art-handling, and inventory.

• Assist with a specialized project focused on in-depth research into the 100+ BMC artists represented in the Collection, including expanding information on copyright status, artist contact and representation, and artist biographical information. Work extensively with accession files and the Museum’s collection-management database, EmbARK.

• Contribute original research towards the Museum’s publicly searchable online database, WebKiosk, with a particular focus on updated artist biographies and materials for the forthcoming Digital Black Mountain College Collection and Interconnective Timeline portion of the Museum’s website.

• Research and present a gallery talk or other public program relating to BMC Collection.

This opportunity is open to current graduate students and recent graduates of graduate-level programs (within one year of graduation) interested in materials related to BMC and/or artists, ideas, or other areas of research with direct or indirect ties to BMC. Interns should also be interested in developing their skills in research, database management, museum record-keeping, art-handling, condition-reporting, and inventory procedures. Interns should be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented with good computer skills and a knack for precision.

To apply, candidates should submit all materials for an internship at the Asheville Art Museum (more information at https://www.ashevilleart.org/about/careers/intern/) no later than March 1. Recognizing that diversity is multifaceted, applicants should also address in their letter of interest how their unique experiences and perspectives will contribute to diversity at the Asheville Art Museum and the museum field in general.

This 220-hour internship includes a stipend of $2640 to offset moving, parking, transportation, and/or other expenses associated with the internship.



Posted on Wed, January 29th, 2020
Expires on Sun, March 1st, 2020

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