The Pomona College Museum of Art is an exciting learning resource for students at the Claremont Colleges. Students are a vital part of the Museum's mission, whether curating exhibitions, assisting with research for future exhibition or collection-based projects, creating programs for the Art After Hours evenings, or working behind the scenes with Museum staff in a variety of ways. Internships at the Museum offer many different opportunities to become familiar with art museum work and the range of museum careers. Working with a relatively small and highly collaborative staff, Museum interns find they can take on substantial projects that are integral to the Museum and that extend across academic departments. Students in all disciplines who are interested in museum work are encouraged to explore internship opportunities at the Pomona College Museum of Art. More information about available internships may be found here http://www.pomona.edu/museum/about/opportunities.aspx.
Below, please find a list of interns, some of their projects, and their comments on the experience.
Meet Our Interns
Daisy Adams (PO '16), Josephine Bump '76 Collections Intern, Fall 2013 - present, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba
Shayda Amanat (SC '14), Graham "Bud" '55 and Mary Ellen '56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern, Fall 2012 - present, "Project Series 46: Hirokazu Kosaka: On the Verandah Selected Works 1969 - 1974," "Project Series 48: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane," and "Portraits, Abstractions, and the In-Between: Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley." Mentor: Rebecca McGrew
Noor Asif (SC '16), Janet Inskeep Benton '79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, Fall 2013 - present, Museum Programming and Art After Hours Fall 2013. Mentor: Justine Bae
Jett Bachman (PO '15), Janet Inskeep Benton '79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, Fall 2012 - present, Museum Programming, Art After Hours Fall 2013, and "Project Series 48: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane." Mentor: Justine Bae
Winona Bechtle (SC '14), Graham "Bud" '55 and Mary Ellen '56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern, Spring 2013 - present, Museum archives, "Project Series 48: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane." Mentors: Kathleen Howe and Rebecca McGrew
Erin Blagman (SC '14), Graham "Bud" '55 and Mary Ellen '56 Kilsby Collections Intern, Fall 2012 - present, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba
Hannah Pivo (PO '14), Josephine Bump '76 Curatorial/Research Intern, Fall 2011 - present, "It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969 - 1973," "Project Series 44: The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses," "Project Series 47: Krysten Cunningham: Ret, Scutch, Heckle," and "Portraits, Abstractions, and the In-Between: Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley." Mentor: Rebecca McGrew
Anna Turner (PO '15), Joesphine Bump '76 Collections Intern, Fall 2011 - present, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba
Abigail Wang (PO '15), Janet Inskeep Benton '79 Curatorial/Research Intern, Fall 2013 - present, Museum collections. Mentor(s): Terri Geis and Steve Comba
Benjamin Kersten (PO '15), Janet Inskeep Benton '79 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), since Fall 2012, "Pages: The Poetry of Mirella Bentivoglio," "Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice." Mentor(s): Frances Pohl, Rebecca McGrew, Kathleen Howe, Terri Geis, and Steve Comba
Abigail Rodriguez (SC '16), Getty Multicultural and Josephine Bump Collections Intern, Museum collections. Mentor: Steve Comba
Brittnay Ahn (PO '13), Janet Inskeep Benton '79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, Museum programming & Art After Hours Spring 2013, Mentor: Justine Bae
Jamie Garcia, (PO '14), Janet Inskeep Benton '79 Curatorial/Research Intern, since Summer 2012, "Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice." Mentor(s): Kathleen Howe and Terri Geis
Lucia Moreno (PO '15), Janet Inskeep Benton '79 Art After Hours/Outreach Intern, Museum programming & Art After Hours Spring 2013. Mentor: Justine Bae
"My curatorial internship with Rebecca McGrew at the Pomona College Museum of Art has been extremely valuable and educational; it has informed me of the many demands of curating while inspiring me to go into an industry that is both competitive and rigorous. I am extremely fortunate to work with such a competent, knowledgeable, and friendly person; not only was I able to learn a lot by observing her process, I was also given many major responsibilities in the planning and execution of the exhibit we worked on. I saw how the show ("On The Verandah," a retrospective of Japanese-American artist Hirokazu Kosaka’s work from 1969-1974) was conceived, participated in the preliminary meetings with Hirokazu, interviewed the artist many times, worked with the catalogue designer, contributed to the text in the catalogue, helped revise and edit that text, and aided in the installation, just to name a few. I learned about a curator’s need for tact and respect in her conversations with artists and peers. Moreover, I was able to see firsthand just how much time and effort goes into every exhibition. Throughout this process, my research, writing, and editing skills became more refined, making me more confident and comfortable in my position."
- Shayda Amanat (SC '14), Graham "Bud" '55 and Mary Ellen '56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern
"Working as a summer intern at thePomona College Museum of Art was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had at Pomona. Being a member of the museum staff gave me the opportunity to work closely with our permanent collection, conduct research, attend weekly meetings, visit local exhibitions, and see how our museum operates on a day-to-day basis. As an Environmental Analysis major, I never thought working in the museum field would be in my future, but now I'm not so sure. Because of the summer internship I gained invaluable insight about museum careers, practical work and research experience, and learned more about myself. Such experience led me to apply to and accept an internship at the Getty Conservation Institute this upcoming summer."
- Jaime Garcia (PO '14), Graham "Bud" '55 and Mary Ellen '56 Kilsby Curatorial/Research Intern
"I never envisioned finding a summer internship that was so simultaneously challenging and rewarding, but I did. By title, I was a Curatorial Intern at the Pomona College Museum of Art; what that really entailed was so much more than I could have expected. I was entrusted with immense responsibility, allowed the freedom to explore and utilize my science major within the bounds of my project, advised and mentored by many amazing people, and really offered a unique opportunity for a rising college junior. The encouragement and openness from the museum staff in the face of a daunting project has lead to my own personal and professional development, and this experience has reinforced my desire to go into the arts."
- Nidhi Ghandi (PO '15), Janet Inskeep Benton '79 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
"Working as a curatorial intern at the Pomona College Museum of Art has been a vital component of my academic experience at Pomona. It has complemented and enriched my classroom education by allowing me to learn about art from a perspective that is different from what I experience in art history and studio art classes. During my sophomore year I worked on Performance at Pomona, part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. I helped build the set for Judy Chicago's firework performance, attended rehearsals with the Pomona-Pitzer football team for John White's piece, and even visited the local fire department to seek their participation in James Turrell's work, Burning Bridges. The summer before my junior year I worked at the museum on a Summer Undergraduate Research Project (SURP), in which I edited the catalog for an exhibition of work by Charles Gaines, and helped plan the Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses. This was an experimental social practice project that explored public speech and brought in many visiting artists to collaborate with 5C students. Most recently, I co-curated an exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Krysten Cunningham, whose practice encompasses questions of theoretical physics, spacial geometries, craft, art history, and spirituality. I wrote the essay for the exhibition catalog, an intellectually challenging but immensely rewarding experience. My internship has provided me with valuable mentors, unique experiences, and the inspiration to pursue a career in the arts. Overall it has been enjoyable, memorable, and indisputably worthwhile."
- Hannah Pivo (PO '14,) Josephine Bump '76 Curatorial/Research Intern