Windgate Museum Internship

Description:
Since our founding in 1897, The Society of Arts and Crafts has been committed to supporting American craftspeople and educating the public about the power of craft. We were the first crafts non-profit established in the US, and continue to fulfill this mission today through our programs: exhibitions; public programs (including an artist-in-residence); a marketplace gallery; and twice-annual show, CraftBoston. Since the end of the 19th century, we have curated exhibitions of fine contemporary craft and made that work available free to the public.

The Curator is preparing a historical exhibition (working title: Society Through the Centuries) which responds to the Society's history from the 1940s to the 1990s. The historical period of the Society, from 1897 to the 1920s, is well known. Less so are our activities from the second half of the 20th century, an important time in studio craft. Slated for Fall of 2019, this exhibition will focus on the second half of the 20th century from the rise of the studio craft movement to the millennium.

The Intern will work directly with Luiza deCamargo, Associate Curator, in order to provide support for Society Through the Centuries while learning the ins-and-outs of developing research oriented exhibitions in a small non-profit.

Tasks will include:
Surveying and organizing the contemporary archives (1970s to the present) and creating a finding aid; updating the historical list of exhibitions and artists included within; and becoming familiar with the literature written about the Society and craft during the investigation period. As we move closer to the finished exhibition, the Intern will be asked to help create gallery didactics, educate volunteers, and installation. The Intern will have the opportunity to design and execute a public program under the supervision of the Curator, learning valuable but softer skills such as planning, time management, and professionalism. Current exhibitions will be on view during the research period and the Intern may be asked to give tours to groups, and educate and assist guests in the gallery.

Importantly, following the project, the Intern will better be able to better contextualize curatorial work and grow as an emerging professional. The Intern will hone their research skills; work with archival materials; correspond with curators from other organizations, collectors, and contemporary artists; project manage the catalogue; and assist with public programming and other educational endeavors. They will also have the opportunity to see a lot of objects and artists working through the decades and fine-tune their evaluation and connoisseurial skills. This will aid the Intern to better understand the subject of contemporary craft and a timeline of craft in America through the lens of the Society of Arts and Crafts’ long-standing and well regarded exhibitions program.

Qualifications:
B.A. in art history or a related academic field required; graduate study or completion of a graduate degree is strongly preferred. There is a strong preference for a candidate with familiarity and experience with decorative arts or contemporary craft scholarship, as well as some previous experience related to museum or gallery work. Strong writing and research skills and experience are required. The internship will be either Summer or Fall 2018, as mutually decided by Society and the chosen Intern. $5,000 stipend will be awarded.

How To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references to Luiza deCamargo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please apply by April 1. Notifications will be made by May 1. We are committed to a culture of diversity in our field. People of color and multicultural backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

Apply by:
April 1, 2018

Salary:
$5,000

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