Internship Opportunity in the Fine Arts
UAlbany senior art history major, Julie Maliszewski, will gain invaluable experience as she spends the summer curating an art exhibit at the University at Albany Art Museum. Maliszewski is the recipient of the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation Museum Studies Summer Internship.
She is "very excited" about the internship, for which she also receives a stipend. "I will be working through June and July for 15 hours a week. I found this internship interesting because of the diversity of duties within the museum and because I'm actually curating an exhibition based on architectural images from the University Art Collection in conjunction with the Architecture Semester, which begins next January. [Museum associate director] Corinna Ripps Schaming and [Exhibition and Outreach Coordinator] Naomi Lewis are terrific mentors, and all the museum staff have been extremely helpful. I'm currently exploring the University collection and was very surprised to find works by famous artists such as [Robert] Rauschenberg, [Ellsworth] Kelly, and [Vito] Acconci. Wow! How exciting! It's great seeing these original works when you've learned about the artists in class."
The internship includes all the duties of a curatorship. "I will pick out original works from the University collection, decide on framing, placement and set up of the exhibition. I will be responsible for developing a curatorial premise, researching the artists and their work, developing artists' biographies, and writing an essay regarding the exhibition." Along with this exhibition, she will also be on hand to help out with the coming summer exhibition. I'm excited to meet the artists and see the preparatory work put in for a show.
Julie, who will graduate in December, began working right after high school as a silkscreen printer, then went to Adirondack Community College where "I was introduced to art history and found it very interesting." After graduating from ACC she took time out to start a family with husband Geoffrey, but found that she missed attending school. "I started at UAlbany in early 2002, taking six to nine credits per semester." She chose the University because of the art history program and she has been delighted with "the diversity of ages at the University. I've never felt uncomfortable. It hasn't been easy juggling work, school, and family, but I've never looked at my classes as work; they help me expand my knowledge of art and the art world. I've spent sleepless nights studying and writing papers, but it always works out in the end."
When she found out about this summer internship she was amazed at the amount of responsibility that the position held. "This is a fantastic opportunity for me to be working with the artists, to have complete control of what works I want in the show, and to work with all levels of museum staff. I couldn't ask for a better opportunity!"
University Art Museum
Art History Major