History of Art and Architecture

Featured interns

 

Fall 2017


Rachel Abolafia

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Rachel worked as an intern in the marketing department at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She helped coordinating the museum’s public engagement on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr. She produced content that was symbiotic with regular programming and with special events like conferences and new exhibitions.

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Heather Alvarado

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

In her internship, Heather worked at Walton Hall in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History administering audience evaluations under the supervision of the Assistant Curator of Dr. Erin Peters. Heather conducted a survey about developing a new exhibit that includes digital technology and hands-on interaction with the Carnegie’s Egyptian funerary boat as the center piece.

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Breanna Baldwin

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Breanna worked in the Archives Service Center, University Library System, at University of Pittsburgh, on the papers collection of the Pittsburgh artist, activist, filmmaker, professor, creator, and researcher Steffi Domike. Starting by updating the finding guide and researching different aspects of Domike’s life and career, Breanna placed and catalogued new materials in the permanent collection.

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Abigail Brady

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Abigail interned at The Andy Warhol Museum as curatorial assistant for the Milton Fine Curator of Art, Jessica Beck. She did research work for two upcoming shows, Adman: Warhol Before Pop and Cry Baby: Devan Shimoyama. She used Pitt’s University Library System and compiled bibliographies on Warhol’s Boy Book drawings and photography to provide sources of reference to the curatorial team.

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Kendall Dunn

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Kendall worked as an intern at Contemporary Craft researching its founder, Betty Raphael. She worked on her scrapbooks to create a SCALAR storybook project, focused on the 1979 Carnegie Museum of Art exhibition, Arts in Modern Handcrafts. She also did some on-site research on Raphael’s craft store in Verona, The Store, opened in 1971.

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Natalie Gomez

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Natalie worked at The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology with head curator Jennifer Hipple. In this position, Natalie’s task has been to aid the new curator in updating all the wall text and labels in the museum, rethinking the way visitors interact with the museum. She also gave public tours and specialized private talks.

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Michael Jacobs

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Michael worked at the University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center on Thomas Blvd. in the preservations department. His job consisted in repairing and rehousing books and documents that are sent to the Archives Center from the different libraries and collections at Pitt. He learned how to unbind books and build corrugated clamshells for books and musical instruments.

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Cyd Johnson

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Cyd worked at Contemporary Craft on Betty Raphael’s scrapbooks to build a SCALAR storybook project. She followed Raphael’s life after Outlines Gallery closed in 1947, through the Riverview Community Action Corporation project in Oakmont and Verona that lead to the opening of “the Store” and the project that grew afterward called the “Sociable Workshop.”

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Ryan Lewis

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Ryan worked at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum as a tour guide for students, covering the periods of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. He also worked on the PastPerfect software used by the institution to keep inventory of all the different artifacts, as well as cataloguing objects, writing descriptions, taking photos and adding the new entries into the system.

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Ilana McAfoos

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Ilana worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History with Assistant Curator Dr. Erin Peters. She helped in the development stages of the new Egyptian exhibit, Egypt on the Nile, creating and conducting audience evaluations on the plans for the future exhibit. This experience gave her greater appreciation of and understanding for the work and effort needed to create an accessible and effective exhibit.

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Madeline Schatten

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Madeline worked as an intern for the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery (UAG). She transferred the online exhibit Configuring Disciplines: Fragments of an Encyclopedia from the Constellations website to the UAG website. She also digitized old posters and programs at the University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center and archived past UAG exhibits on the website.

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Alexander Schempf

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

An intern at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Alexander worked on the creation of a new exhibition for the travelling ‘Steel Case’ that first exhibited at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His task was to propose an exhibition concept, pick a location for it to be presented, and create promotional material. His topic highlights the development of political ideology during industrialization, specifically the rise of socialism and associated propaganda materials.

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Abigail Sutherland

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2017

Abigail worked as an intern at the Carnegie Museum of Art, conducting a tracking-and-timing study. She observed visitor behavior in the museum’s Scaife Galleries, for the exhibit Created, Collected, Conserved: The Life Stories of Paintings. By studying patterns of visitors’ movements and coding the pertinent behaviors, Abigail was able to identify which artworks attracted most attention and which ones tended to be ignored.

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