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Hillel is pleased to present the opening of Suzanne Gold’s (’10) student-curated show The Five Senses and Jewish Ritual Objects. Suzanne was employed as the Sonneborn Collection Curatorial Intern last year and this show marks the culmination of her hard work. The installation, drawn from the Henry Sonneborn Collection, explores how Jewish religious traditions are enhanced by meaningful engagement with objects that employ use of the five senses—sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. (more)
The opening is Friday, October 29th at Hillel. There will be a brief celebration in between services, a talk and Shabbat. The exhibition will be on view for a year.
If you are interested in the Sonneborn Collection Curatorial Internship, you can find more information on the program internship website.
Our Fall Internship Meeting will take place on Monday, November 1st from 4:30 until 6:00 PM in Gilman 300. If you are curious about museum jobs, internships, or volunteer positions come learn more at our informal meeting. We’ll hear from recent interns, discuss local opportunities, talk about how an internship can fit in with your studies, and address your questions about applying. All majors are welcome.
Senior Hayley Plack shares her summer experience working at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she had a fortuitous encounter with her uncle’s work in the collection: "This summer I had the great opportunity to complete an internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. I worked in the Public Programs department with Nona Martin.”(more)
“I was given a lot of responsibility and had the chance to work on various different projects for the department. My first project was to help prepare for a day at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. I prepared materials, signage, activities, and demonstrations for a long, hot day at the festival.”
“Another hands on project that I worked on was the museums monthly family day. The July family day was themed Scouting Family Day in honor of the Norman Rockwell exhibition and the Boy Scouts 100 year anniversary. I helped prepare materials and resources for the program, and then was able to see it all come together on the actual day.”
“My job also included some research-oriented projects. I conducted thorough research on the upcoming George Ault exhibition and prepared a summarization packet and a list of possible pubic programs for the exhibition. I also conducted research on a future exhibition at the museum’s Renwick Gallery. I gained a wealth of knowledge and a set of skills from my experience that will benefit me greatly in my pursuit of a future career in the museum field."
"During my internship I had the chance to see my great uncle’s artwork in the museum’s collection. The museum asked me to write a blog post for their Eye Level blog, check out the link:
Image: Reginald Case, Survivor, 1978, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Student Lindsey Tauscher shares her summer experience working at the Baltimore Museum of Art: “This summer, I was fortunate enough to be the 2010 recipient of the Michael and Nancy Lytell Internship at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This internship funds one Johns Hopkins undergraduate who works a minimum of 30 hours per week for 10 weeks in one of the departments as part of the museum’s summer internship program. This year, the BMA’s internship program, directed by Preston Bautista, hired about 20 interns, who were placed in nearly every department, including Curatorial, Education, Visitor Services, Finance, Registrar, and even Security." (more)
"I was struck by the diversity of ages, academic levels and degrees, universities, and fields of study represented among the interns, who came from near and far to participate in the program. The BMA’s internship program is not just for students of art history and museum studies (like me), though they were adequately represented; it was also inclusive of fine arts majors and engineers alike, ranging from high school to the graduate level.”
“I worked in one of the curatorial departments: the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Islands (AAAPI), which encompasses the majority of the non-Western art in the museum’s collections. I shared an office with the department’s awesome Curatorial Assistant, Lisa Simmons, and worked under the Associate Curator for Asian Art, Frances Klapthor, and the Associate Curator for African Art/Department Head, Dr. Nichole Bridges, all of who were incredibly welcoming and enthusiastic about my internship. I worked on four major projects throughout the summer. First, I did research on the arts of the Grassland kingdoms of Cameroon to aid Nichole’s preparation for a rotation of objects in the African gallery. My second project was identifying and reading sources on museum education and interpretation that I presented to Dr. Bridges as possible references for a narrative to be included in a National Endowment for the Humanities Planning Grant proposal. The grant, if awarded to the BMA, will support the planning process for the reinstallation of the African art galleries, scheduled for 2014. A project that I spent much of the summer working on in collaboration with Nichole, Frances, and the Retail Operations staff was to market the AAAPI collections by selecting objects to represent on a variety of products, including a calendar, bookmarks, note cards, scarves, prints, and jewelry."
"My final task was to locate the approximately 250 culture groups represented by objects in the African collection on published maps. This research will be essential to the creation of a new map for the gallery, which will feature all of the African culture groups and can be updated to reflect the objects currently on view. I also had the chance to learn about collections management through smaller cataloguing and photography projects, as well as by using the museum’s collections database, The Museum System.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed both the projects I worked on, which were consistently interesting and eye opening, and the variety of staff I collaborated with at the BMA. The entire staff was supportive of the internship program and enthusiastic about the interns’ contributions and passion for the Museum. My internship was a great experience that has taught me valuable skills I know will be applicable to future jobs in the art museum world.”
The Program in Museums and Society keeps an active list of internships, as well as offering guidelines and resources to students and alumni engaged in the job hunt. Even as summer rolls along and things are relatively quiet on campus, we continue to hear about new opportunities in and around Baltimore. For example, we've recently learned about internships at Maryland Art Place and the Maryland State Archives, a part-time job at the Homewood Museum on campus, and a full-time position at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (more). We encourage you to visit our website regularly for updates on these and other opportunities.
ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP, MARYLAND ART PLACE
Connecting artists with communities since 1981, Maryland Art Place (MAP) is a non-profit contemporary art center in downtown Baltimore. MAP energizes the region's creative environment through dynamic exhibitions, interactive events, educational programs, and urban art projects--all free and open to the public. MAP Interns will be responsible for exhibition development and presentation; special projects and events; arts administration; social media and community outreach.
Desired Skills: Familiarity with Mac and PC platforms, Microsoft Office, Photoshop and social media preferred. Must be high energy, reliable and professional; Major: Art, Art History, Communication, English, Marketing; Workdays: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Hours: 10; Unpaid.
To apply: submit a resume and cover letter.
For more information, contact Sofia Rutka, Programming Assistant, 8 Market Place, Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-962-8565, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mdartplace.org
INTERNSHIP, MARYLAND COMMISSION ON ARTISTIC PROPERTY
The Maryland Commission on Artistic Property of the Maryland State Archives is the official custodian of the state-owned art collection, as well as of fine and decorative arts owned by or loaned to the State. The goal of the Commission is to make the collection accessible to the public through preservation, conservation, display and interpretation. The collection comprises more than 3,500 objects including paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects, works on paper and furniture dating from the thirteenth century to the present day. The collection is rich in portraiture of Maryland governors, legislators and first ladies. Many of these works of art are displayed in the Maryland State House and other public buildings.
The intern's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, assisting the Registrar and Curator in a variety of collection management tasks, researching and cataloging artifacts, database processing, art handling, updating the collection's website, and management of object and administrative records.
Candidates should possess strong time-management, research, basic computer, communication and organization skills. Students with a dedicated interest in archives, collections management, history and art history are encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to: Christopher J. Kintzel, Registrar, Maryland Commission on Artistic Property, Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information, contact him at email@example.com.
MUSEUM ASSISTANT, HOMEWOOD MUSEUM
The Homewood Museum is located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. Homewood Museum is one of the nation's best surviving examples of Federal period architecture and a national landmark filled with objects contemporary to or associated with the Charles Carroll Jr. family. In 1801, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, gave his son Charles Carroll Jr. the money to build and furnish this once summer home.
The position of Museum Assistant includes opportunities for assisting with museum tours, special events, research projects, clerical duties, and museum shop coverage on Saturdays from 11:45 to 4:15. The ideal candidate needs to be professional, reliable with good attendance, and to have excellent communication skills, math aptitude, and computer literacy. This is a 10 hour a week position. If interested please contact:
Katherine McCarron Eldridge
Homewood Museum Services Coordinator
OUTREACH COORDINATOR, JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND
The Jewish Museum of Maryland Outreach Coordinator is a grant-funded, full-time professional position that is expected to lead to a permanent staff position at the expiration of the two-year grant period. (We will consider a job-share by two qualified candidates, each working half time.) This position is being created in response the Museum’s Strategic Plan, which calls for strengthening and expanding outreach into the community during FY11 and FY12.
The JMM Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for marketing, scheduling, facilitating, organizing, and evaluating the Museum’s outreach programs in collaboration with the education staff, the special projects coordinator, and the Museum’s senior staff. The coordinator will represent the Museum with educators, community groups and organizations, public officials, and a wide variety of community venues.
Skills and Experience:
The Museum seeks a highly qualified individual with at least two years of professional or work experience. Graduate training in history, education, Jewish Studies, the humanities, or the arts is preferred; a BA in one of these fields is required. The coordinator must be able to drive a car and/or van to sites across the state of Maryland and have a clean driving record. Excellent writing and communication skills are a must.
The Outreach Coordinator must be able to work both independently and collegially as part of the Museum’s program team. The ability to multi-task and to shift focus rapidly is essential. Work at the Museum is fast-paced and often intense, so the coordinator will be expected to perform smoothly and steadily, even under sometimes pressured circumstances. This position will require some evening and Sunday work.
How to Apply:
Please send all applications to Avi Decter, firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy to:
Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd St, Baltimore MD 21202
Applications are due by August 13th, 2010. Be sure to include “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.
The JMM does not discriminate in employment on the basis of gender, race, class, age, religion, or ethnicity. Salary will be commensurate with training, skills, and prior experience, especially in relevant areas. Three weeks of vacation and a full package of benefits is offered. The Museum is closed on Sabbath and major Jewish festivals, as well as specific national holidays. The JMM is a drug-free workplace.
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