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Museum internships with a $5,000 stipend

December 8th, 2009 karyn hinkle

The Center for Craft Creativity Design has announced its 2010 Windgate museum internships, offering four wonderful opportunities for students to gain museum experience by working on craft and design exhibitions at the MFA Houston, the Oakland Museum of California, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the V&A Museum.

A number of BGC students have been awarded Windgate internships in the past.  If you have an interest in craft or museum work, by all means apply now!  Application deadlines range from February 15 to March 15.

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Since the first 2006 Windgate Museum Internships were awarded, 17 graduate and undergraduate students from 13 universities have received internships in 10 museums throughout the U.S. and the V&A in London.  Interns work closely with a curator on a studio craft collection, exhibit, or project providing students with invaluable experience.  Museums select from qualified applicants from across the country in this highly competitive program.  Museums report over 50 applicants for each Windgate Museum Internship position.  The student receives $5000 from the museum for their internship.

Applicants should be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in an accredited U.S. college or university with a focus on studio craft or art/craft history.  Individuals who have received a Windgate Museum Internship in the past are not eligible for the 2010 internships.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Windgate Internship will focus on the 2012 traveling exhibition and catalogue of the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection of contemporary ceramics.  The intern will research individual artists and objects in the collection as well as have the opportunity to write artist biographies for the catalogue.  The intern will also participate in discussions relating to the conservation, photography, and cataloguing of the collection and interact with other MFAH departments related to the project.
Application deadline – February 15, 2010
A letter of interest, current CV, and brief writing sample should be sent to:
Cindi Strauss, Curator
Modern & Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
PO Box 6826
Houston, TX  77265-6826

The Oakland Museum of California
The Oakland Museum of California, in conjunction with the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, is planning a retrospective exhibition and publication on the work of Modernist jeweler Margaret De Patta.  We seek a graduate-level intern to assist with the publication coordination, research, and rights and reproductions.  Graduate study in art history or a related field is required.  Knowledge of jewelry a plus.
Application deadline – March 12, 2010
Include a cover letter, resumé, references, and employment application (required).  Application can be downloaded at http://museumca.org/employment-opportunities and send to:
Sandy Wong
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA  94607
Fax: (510) 238-2258

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection of 20th century studio craft is an important, yet under-developed, area currently lacking focus and depth.  However, influenced by a strong regional tradition of enamel, ceramic, glass, and metalworking, the CMA’s collection does include major strengths in the work of local and regional artists.  Future growth should build upon these strengths by adding work that brings the collection forward in deliberate, thoughtful, and focused ways.

To that end, the Windgate summer Internship opportunity will explore the development of the CMA’s studio craft collection through careful analysis of existing work; the identification of major trends and cross currents in the field; and suggestions for appropriate additions from emerging artists.  It is expected that a final written report will address these areas in specific and measurable ways along the ideas for exhibition display and interpretation of the collection within the museum’s galleries of 20th and 21st century art.  The intern will report to the Curator of Decorative Art and Design and the Director of Museum Interpretation.
Application deadline: March 15, 2010
Send a letter of interest, and CV to:
Caroline Goeser, Associate Director for Interpretation
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH  44106

The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
This 6-week internship will be set within the Research Department of the V&A, and will be supervised by Glenn Adamson, Head of Graduate Studies and Deputy Head of Research. Duties will include photo and text rights research, mailing list development, and other support work for a range of projects. These include a major exhibition on the subject of Postmodernism, to be staged at the V&A in 2011; and publishing in the area of craft, including the Journal of Modern Craft (Berg Publishing).

The successful applicant will be responsible for arranging visa entry into the UK, and also housing in London during the period of the internship. A graduate student enrolled in a U.S. College or University with a BA degree in art history or a craft discipline is preferred.
Application deadline: March 15, 2010
Email letter of interest and CV to:
Glenn Adamson, Head of Graduate Studies and Deputy Head of Research Duties
V&A Museum, London

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