History of Art and Architecture

Interns

Many students in History of Art and Architecture, including those in our popular Museum Studies minor, secure valuable professional experience through internships with Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh partners.


Frick Pittsburgh

 

Xiaoyuan Zhang

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

In this internship at the Education Department of the Frick Pittsburgh, Xiaoyuan facilitated the museum’s public programs, including  gallery talks, adult and family programs and special events. The internship was supervised by Amanda Dunyak Gillen, Director of Learning & Visitor Experience. Xiaoyuan helped run special events such as the annual Women’s History Program and designed public programs for the upcoming Undressed exhibition

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Isabella Sigado 

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

As a curatorial intern at Frick Pittsburgh, Isabella worked with Chief Curator and Director of Collections Sarah Hall on research and project coordination for The Frick Collects: From Rubens to Monet, a major survey of the collecting habits of Henry Clay Frick and his daughter Helen. Her work towards the exhibition included research assignments on object provenance, exhibition label development and copy editing.

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Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Alexandra Wolf

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

Alexandra Wolf  Worked under the supervision of Hannah Turpin, Curatorial Assistant of Photography and Contemporary Art. She helped catalogue their collection of books using LibraryThing, labeling each title and organizing this collection. She logged over 2,000 books into the CMOA system. She also contributed to the planning of the Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh Wikipedia edit-a-thon.

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Molly Wight

Museum Studies Academic Internship Spring 2017 

Molly worked as an Intern for the Heinz Architectural Center on projects relating to the Hall of Architecture. Her work built on a previous project from a design studio class at CMU in 2011, consisting in gathering visitor preferences and responses to the Hall to design a better signage system, putting together a report with the results. She also worked with the Carnegie Museum database to research the casts in the Hall of Architecture and record the data for archival records.

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History


Hayley Pontia

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017 

Hayley undertook her internship in the Marketing Department of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Her position included editing and writing content, producing photographs for social media, organizing archives and answering visitor emails. One of her projects involved reorganizing all the Marketing Department’s photos, researching digital platforms that would allow an online space with easy access for all the department’s employees to use.

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Darien Pepple

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017 

Darien made her internship under the supervision of Dr. Erin Peters, assistant curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, during the initial stages of development for the institution’s new ancient Egyptian exhibit. She developed her own audience evaluations and conducted them on visitors of the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, learning valuable information about audience evaluation techniques and the process of designing new exhibits in museums. 

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University Art Gallery


Sarah Pomfret

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2016

As a University Art Gallery Intern, Sarah worked to update and standardize the online database system, CollectiveAccess, consolidating content from legacy platforms and paper files to create a more comprehensive and accessible representation of the UAG collection. She created a CollectiveAccess Data Entry Guide to ensure the system is consistent in the futureShe also worked on the Nicholas Lochoff Collection, displayed in the Cloister of the Frick Fine Arts building.

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Raka Sarkar

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

Raka assisted UAG Curator Isabelle Chartier to organize and enter information into CollectiveAccess, the gallery's collection database. Because the UAG has a collection of over 3000 objects, Raka needed to work with large groups of objects at a time, researching their origins and related entities while filling in discrepancies in data. She worked on the Inuit Art Collection and helped setting up the online exhibition for Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts. 

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University Library System


Maureen Jones

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

As an exhibit design intern in the department, Maureen’s primary responsibility was the construction of a Libguide for each Fall exhibit. This brought together the exhibit catalogs with images of the display space and relevant supporting visuals, as well as secondary research to complement the exhibition. Maureen also researched the Black Panther newspaper collection, ranging from the photographs that accompanied the articles to the supplementary drawings of the back covers. 

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Emily Morris

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

Emily worked in the Special Collections Department at Hillman Library to help to facilitate the online accessibility of the Walter and Martha Leuba Collection. The collection is composed of several hundred original woodcuts, wood engravings, metal cuts, and linoleum cuts, as well as thousands of books. She took on the task of compiling metadata about the woodblock prints, engravings, and lithographs within the collection. 

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Warhol Museum


Leslie Rose

Fine Foundation Fellowship, Summer 2017

Leslie conducted her internship in the curatorial department at The Andy Warhol Museum. Leslie assisted Jose Carlos Diaz, the Milton Fine Curator of Art, on the 2017 Farhad Moshiri show and the 2019 Vatican show. Also, she assisted Jessica Beck, Associate Curator of Art, on the 2018 shows on Warhol and contemporary artist Devan Shimoyama.

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Rivers of Steel


Christie Scully

Museum Studies Academic Internship Summer 2016

Christie worked at Rivers of Steel in Homestead, curating an online exhibit called Little Steel. The exhibit documented the lesser-known steel mills in Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region - there were over four hundred medium-sized and small mills that operated in Western Pennsylvania. Christie discovered several previously-unknown steel mills and wrote biographies for about fifteen steel mills and accumulated over one hundred photographs and advertisements.

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Courtney Krauss

Museum Studies Academic Internship Spring 2016

Courtney worked with Rivers of Steel at the Carrie Furnace about the graffiti accumulated in the area after the site was left empty in 1978. She did her research on the Rivers of Steel archives to gain a larger understanding of Pittsburgh graffiti and the steel industry but she also interviewed former steel mill workers to learn about their memories of the site and their views on the graffiti as they come back to give tours to Carrie visitors.

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Contemporary Craft


Abigail Meloy

Fine Foundation Fellowship, Fall-Spring 2016-7

As a Fine Fellow, Abigail worked under the direction of Janet McCall, Executive Director of Contemporary Craft, and closely with the Exhibition staff. She facilitated exhibition programming, such as writing tours and assisting with events and installation/deinstallation. Abigail coordinated community partners for programming for Contemporary Craft’s upcoming social justice exhibition Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home. In addition, she also spearheaded a summative evaluation process for this exhibition. 

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Ashley Funyak

Museum Studies Academic Internship Spring 2016

As a marketing intern at Contemporary Craft, one of Ashley primary duties was writing and copy-editing media alerts and press releases for upcoming programs, events and exhibitions. She learned how to create content for various types of traditional and online marketing strategies, including online calendar submissions, social media and blog posts. Ashley also assisted with marketing research by monitoring and reporting on attendance and visitor surveys.

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Senator John Heinz History Center


Alessandra Pazzaglia

Fine Foundation Fellowship, Summer 2016

Alessandra completed an Internship at the Senator John Heinz History Center within their Italian American program. She worked on a project that focused on a group called I Campagnoli, an Italian folk dance and singing group. Working with this community, she compliled a collection of pamphlets and photos and other memorabilia to develop an online exhibition for the group.
 

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Monica Marchese

Fine Foundation Fellowship, Summer 2017

Monica conducted her internship at Heinz History Center. She supported the museum’s curators Leslie Przybylek and Lauren Uhl in historical research towards exhibitions. During her internsgip, Monica worked on background research and checklist development (artifact and image resources) for a future exhibition project focused on Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania’s connections to the film industry, from the late nineteenth century to the present.

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