History of Art and Architecture

Past interns

Spring 2017

Abigail Meloy

Fine Foundation Fellowship, Fall-Spring 2016-7

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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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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Andrew Brumbaugh

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

Andrew worked as the curatorial and educational intern at Soldier’s & Sailor’s Memorial Hall & Museum under the curator Michael Kraus, Civil War historian. He helped prepare the interactive tours materials. He also cataloged and photographed donated artifacts using the PastPerfect software. Andrew intends to work in the museum field, specializing in American military history.

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Darien Pepple

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017 

Darien made her internship under Erin Peters, assistant curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, during the initial stages of development of the 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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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 the department’s photos, researching digital platforms that would allow an online space with easy access for all the employees to use.

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Jared Klatskin

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

Jared worked as a communications intern at The Andy Warhol Museum. He helped update their exit surveys and worked with social media and website analytics. Jared also created strategies to market the exhibitions for the press. Finally, he assisted with the editing of an upcoming book.

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Lauren Woolwine

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

Lauren worked alongside under Erin Peters in the Education Department at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. As part of her job she outlined for a potential curriculum to be used for docent training at the CMNH. She developed a set of summaries for the reading resources she gathered in her research.

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Marie Manske

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

Marie worked as an intern at the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms. She performed archival and curatorial tasks. She created 463 conditions reports and submitted orders for storage facilities. Her work from the internship will feed into the Fall 2017 semester’s Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar.

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Marina Wei

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

Marina worked in the Education Department at the Mattress Factory as a teaching assistant in an after school program.INSTALL: Afternoons @ the Factory. She interacted with artists, museum educators and other staff within the Museum. She also shadowed tours, helped create materials for events and outreach and educational art activities for families.

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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 and record the data for archival records.

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Patricia Smith

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

Patricia was an intern with Gretchen Anderson, the conservator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Patricia's work focused on the conservation and restoration of the open-air dioramas. She learned the cleaning and maintenance of objects by conservational standards.

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Reagan Harper

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2017

Reagan worked at the Carnegie Science Center as an intern. She worked with the Buhl Planetarium archives, organizing the documents in storage, and setting up a numerical inventory to make files more easily located. Reagan's work helps toward realizing an interactive, digital display on the history of the Buhl Planetarium available to the public.

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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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Fall 2016

 

Abigail Sites

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

Abigail was an intern at the Collections Department at Fort Ligonier Museum in Ligonier. Her duties included inventory of collections using PastPerfect -the museum cataloging software-, packaging and moving collections to storage, accessioning and photographing new collection items, assisting and leading school tours, and facilitating large site events such as reenactments.

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Bridget Lynch

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

Bridget was an intern working at Botany Hall of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Her work culminated in a short documentary video about the history of dioramas, specifically those of Botany Hall, in museum context. She filmed the museum space and its employees, sharing valuable insights into the world of diorama making.

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Cristine O’Brien

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

Cristine worked as an intern at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. She worked on cataloging donated objects, assisting in preparation of educational tours, building and organizing a new shelving system, writing critical exhibition feedback and initiating the reorganization of the museum’s library materials.

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Eliza Wick

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

Eliza interned at the Botany Hall of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Her work took the form of a research project, collecting and interpreting primary sources related to Botany Hall as well as secondary sources that related to the style of the display and related topics in visual studies.

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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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Emmaline Cushey

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

As an intern in Development Department at the Mattress Factory, Emma used the nonprofit CRM software, developed and implemented a donation campaign. She also planned and implemented events and programs and was able to experience and assist in many exhibitions within the museum.

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Kathy Lipinski

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

For her internship, Kathy worked as a gallery ambassador for Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, an exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She facilitated visitor experience by engaging in conversations with a diverse range of individuals, educating the public about the life and art career of Oiticica. Kathy also wrote on the ways by which museums engage sensitive topics with the public.

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Leslie Rose

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

Leslie interned at Botany Hall of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Her work focused on the conception and creation of the dioramas featured in the Botany Hall. She studied the role of women artists in Botany Hall as part of a broader investigation into natural history museums and the discipline of natural history.

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Maureen Jones

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2016

As an exhibit design intern at the University Library System, Maureen worked on 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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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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Alessandra Pazzaglia

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 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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Summer 2016


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. 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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Mariah Flanagan

Fine Foundation Fellowship, Summer 2016

Mariah worked with Erin Peters conducting research on funerary practices in ancient Egypt as preparation for the redesign of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Egyptian Collection. She also assisted with two studies at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh that collected quantitative and qualitative data on visitor engagement and response.

 

 

 

Sonnie Solomon

Fine Foundation Fellowship, Summer 2016

Sonnie worked with the education and curatorial staff on the Alison Knowles exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art. As part of her work she handled interactive sculptures, sound-making objects, large works on paper, silk, and canvas and a selection of the artist’s own collected ephemera.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2016

 

Ashley Funyak 

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2016

Ashley was a marketing intern at Society for Contemporary Craft. Her duties included writing and copy-editing media alerts and press releases for upcoming programs, events and exhibitions. Additionally, Ashley created content for traditional and online marketing, including online calendar, social media, blog posts and assisted with marketing research.

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Angelica Marks

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2016

Angelica worked as an intern at Rivers of Steel, developing an online exhibition of the graffiti works found at the Carrie Furnaces. She compiled information on the history of graffiti in the US, the decline of the steel industry, and documentation of graffiti in Pittsburgh. Finally she conducted interviews with local graffiti artists who frequented the area.


 

 

 

Caris Windhausen

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2016

Caris worked as an intern in the University Special Collections Department at the Hillman Library assisting to the development of two exhibits and their accompanying materials. For both exhibits, Caris wrote and posted Library Guides on the University website.

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Caroline Fazzini

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2016

Caroline was an intern at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and worked with Assistant Curator Dr. Erin Peters on analyzing visitor evaluations of the exhibition She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World. Her work has been to code and analyze visitor experiences. Later she presented the information at HAAARCH, a showcase of undergraduate research for the HAA programs.

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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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Isabella Sigado 

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 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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Richard Moore 

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2016

Richard’s internship at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum was divided between curation and education. He assisted with the acquisition, identification, cataloging and archiving of a wide range of artifacts donated to the museum. His internship also suported the development of educational events, such as veteran visits and off-site presentations.

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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 future. She also worked on the Nicholas Lochoff Collection, displayed in the Cloister of the Frick Fine Arts building.

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Shannon McClenning

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2016

Shannon worked as an intern at the Archives Service Center, University Library System. She helped create and execute several exhibits that went on display around Pitt’s main campus; for instance, Shannon curated her own exhibit on the Lillian Friedberg collection, which presented a selection from Friedberg´s 1,700 postcards she acquired over nearly 60 years.

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