Category Archives: Journal of a Museum Intern
I went back to the Hickory Museum of Art today. I had just finished up my independent study last week and I wanted to talk to my employers on the state of my internship. Officially, I have completed my time and they have another intern taking over. Also, I wanted to make sure that I am ending on good terms with everyone I have worked for.
All in all, I had a good time working there and I learned a lot from experiencing the logistics of keeping a museum up and running.
I still want to create an Office style tv show on the day-to-day activity of a small town museum.
Due to my independent study, I will not work at the Hickory Museum of Art for a couple of months. When I have more free time, I may come back, but I do not know. Right now, this thesis will decide whether I have a future in an art history career.
Went back to work today after a week of trying to carve out a goal for my future. Also had to also start some long overdue communication with my superiors about my assignments. So far, I am okay. However, I can do better. In other news, I am in a dilemma. At the Hickory Museum of Art, they have a reception dedicated to Fanjoy Labrenz this friday. In Salisbury, a belly dance show happens on the same evening. This choice depends on whether they need me at the Labrenz show.
I met Carl Moser yesterday. My superiors had me photograph a get together between him, his family, and a group of elderly visitors. He talked a bit and answered questions. However, the camera I used did not have a lot of battery life, so I had to go up and down repeatedly to recharge the battery. However, he told some interesting stories about his photography. When I look at his work, it reminds me of Ansel Adams if he did color photography.
The more I work in the Hickory Museum of Art, the more I want to start putting together a TV pilot that revolves around a small town art museum and the issues the characters must deal with. Laugh track optional. Also, thanks to President Calvin Coolidge, I am able to link two artists together, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon style.
I kid you not. The elevator doors in the Hickory Museum of Art malfunctioned and briefly trapped me inside. I can laugh at it now, but damned if it did not give me a case of mild claustrophobia. On a lighter note, I brought bread to an Arts Council luncheon yesterday and people loved it. Today, I finished up adding new information to the museum’s archives. In between that, I commandeer the receptionist desk and take phone calls. When I do not need to do that, I help update the museum’s database (their electronic archive system). Furthermore, I do the occasional heavy lifting for my bosses. All in all, I have a good time. Now I need to overcome this writer’s block and work on some cover letters.
Ever since the Hickory Museum of Art hired me, I have worked in various offices and the receptionist desk. As I said to one worker, “Interns are the homeless people of the work place.”
Today, I filled up more empty folder space in the archive cupboard of the Hickory Museum of Art. However, I did not fill up enough. I still have artists that even the internet could not find. Even if I could find them, websites such as Artnet show no biographies. They contain names and paintings, but no background information. Such a cruel tease. However, I did help my boss put together a meeting space for this evening. Hope it went well.
After the Watercolor Reception, my internship has entered a lull period. Right now, I am spending my time working in their archive section. I mostly fill in blank folders with information on the various artists that have come through the Hickory Museum of Art.