Overview: The Conservation Department oversees the care and preservation of the permanent collection. Conservators are regularly involved in the treatment of works of art to insure their stability and improve their appearance. They regularly advise on loans and exhibitions, participate in installations, and travel with works of art to other institutions. The Conservation Department is particularly interested to document and be knowledgeable about the materials and techniques used by artists so that an appropriate preservation plan can be devised for each piece; this is particularly crucial for works by contemporary artists where non-traditional media may be involved.
Internship Project: The Contemporary Art Conservation Intern will work with the conservators to research and create records about recent acquisitions of contemporary art. This intern will connect with living artists, artists’ estate, and/or the gallery to gather information regarding the materials and techniques used that will instruct the storage, care, and installation considerations for each work. Additionally the intern will assist in database management to ensure conservation records are current and accessible, and may be asked to assist in constructing simple storage housing for works of art.
Projected Learning Outcomes:
Please submit a résumé, cover letter, two letters of recommendation, example of work of art made by you that would indicate good hand skills/craftsmanship, FAFSA report (if eligible), and complete unofficial transcripts on our ADP website. If at all possible, we prefer to receive the letters of recommendation together with the rest of your materials. If a recommender insists that the letter of recommendation remain confidential, please ask him/her to send the letter to email@example.com with your name in the subject line and the internship(s) you are applying to in the body of the email.