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Articles tagged: Visual Arts
Inaugurated in 2010, Rockbund Art Museum is a contemporary art museum located on the Bund in Shanghai. The museum is housed in a heritage Art Deco building that originally was one of the first modern museums to be established in China. In 2019, Rockbund Art Museum has become an officially registered non-profit arts organization in Shanghai.
Distinguishing itself from the entrenched conditions of continental or nationality based organizations, Rockbund Art Museum is developing an oceanic vision of contemporary art. We aim to explore the importance of seas and archipelagos across Asia in order to unfold richer perspectives into today’s challenges, practices and networks within the art world. We wish to build constructive paradoxes within multiple localities in Asia and different cultures globally, opening spaces to enable free expression for artists, researchers and curators, and to dive into subtle and dense layers of new experiences with our audience.
With a strong reputation for our innovative curatorial approach, we look to conceive different art projects from research to alternative learning programs, from exhibition-making to unexpected para-performative formats. By supporting bold contemporary art practices, we aim to continually remake local histories, whilst also responding to global art challenges and social mutations.
We regard the role of exchange as an essential process required for a wider transformation to occur by building up a network of multi-regional, international and cross-disciplinary partnerships. Through this process, we aim to cultivate a diverse and deep-rooted connection to our audiences, communities, and also different social and cultural organizations. With powerful support from our board, patrons and Advisory Committee, we strive to observe, learn, and search for breakthroughs and opportunities to develop art projects in pursuit of a unique vision of life.
Curatorial Division: Interns in the Curatorial Division will be introduced to issues relating to researches and organizing upcoming exhibitions, including corresponds with artists, curators, galleries, and museums before the exhibits; exhibition installation; produces exhibition catalogues. Interns are also responsible for the maintenance and management of the archives and library holdings.
This internship is funded with a CCI award of $3,000.00. If you are offered and accept this internship, please be aware that your funding for this position is provided by CCI, and therefore you will be required to complete funded internship paperwork. Typically, seniors are not eligible for funding for CCI sponsored internships, but occasional exceptions are made.
While current thinking includes planning for an in-person internship that follows all local and College Covid-19 protocols, the potential ongoing spread and impact of Covid-19 may result in the internship becoming remote or cancelled.
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For the second year, the Middlebury College Museum of Art is pleased to host a remote summer internship program for students interested in learning more about careers in the visual art world. MuseumWorks is intended to benefit students beginning to explore this dynamic field, as well as those already dedicated to working in the visual arts.
Professional development sessions and discussions of readings will help interns explore a variety of jobs in museums and related arts organizations. Special attention will be paid to equity, ethics, and accessibility in the field.
Interns will develop transferable skills while working on projects that advance the museum’s mission. Completed in small teams under the direction of supervisors, this work will also promote time management, professional communication, and teamwork.
MuseumWorks 2021 comprises 6 part-time workweeks, allowing interns to pursue other part-time employment, educational experiences, etc. All work will be done online in a variety of synchronous professional development sessions and asynchronous project work.
- Program Dates: June 21–July 30, 2021
- Time Commitment: 96 hours total across 6 weeks. 16 hours/week x 6 weeks: 36 synchronous hours, 60 asynchronous hours
- Stipend: $1,500 (USD, taxable)
- Application Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 11:59 PM ET
Select candidates may be interviewed. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by the end of April 2021.
Synchronous professional development sessions will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 AM–12 PM EDT. In addition, interns will be required to complete 2 hours of asynchronous project work, Mondays–Fridays. Interns are expected to attend all synchronous sessions (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10 AM–12 PM EDT) but may choose to pursue additional part time work, educational experiences, etc.
Professional development sessions, including:
- Career conversations with professionals working across the visual art world
- Skill building workshops
- Career counseling
Work on a team project. Specific projects will be announced later, but may include the following:
- Digital media
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives
- Curatorial projects
- Developing educational resources
- Discussion of readings on museum history, ethics, equity, and accessibility
- Intern presentations on museums
- Any current Middlebury College student wishing to learn more about careers in the art world is invited to apply, regardless of major.
- We regret that students from other colleges, Middlebury alumni, and February or May 2021 graduates are not eligible for MuseumWorks.
- Interns are expected to attend all synchronous sessions (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10 AM–12 PM EDT) but may choose to pursue additional part time work or education.
- Reliable Internet access will be important to full participation. (MuseumWorks administrators will do their best to record some of the professional development sessions, but not every presenter may consent.) Please contact the College’s IT department about the availability of loan computers.
- Academic credit is not granted for participation in MuseumWorks.
Feedback from Last Year’s Virtual MuseumWorks Participants:
“I really appreciate how the program persisted into a virtual format, while other internships were cancelled. It provided me access to the wonderful people behind museums all while at home, and the possibility for future networking.”
“My experience in MuseumWorks will definitely influence my career path after college as I enter the museum field with a focus on equity, inclusion, and diversity.”
“The highlights to me were the discussions with other interns and the readings. The discussions let me hear about other interns’ perspectives, which were thoughtful and well informed.”
“I enjoyed the career conversations because they opened up my mind to parts of the museum world that I hadn’t been cognizant of before doing the internship.”
“Talking with recent graduates let me better understand my next career steps after graduating from Middlebury.”
“The design workshop allowed me to apply the architectural design skills I learned in class to a fulfilling museum context. It opened another career avenue that combined my love for design as well as art and art history.”
“Working with my cohort group not only helped me develop teamwork skills and collaboration but more importantly introduced me to museum accessibility.”
“MuseumWorks was an invaluable learning experience. I was able to explore arts and museum related issues in a way I had never considered before.”
“I really loved that it felt like MuseumWorks program leaders and supervisors were invested in the improvement of all of the interns, and the program was set up to benefit us.”
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Each year the Dallas Museum of Art offers nine paid internship positions divided among the Museum’s Education, Curatorial, and Exhibitions and Interpretation departments. McDermott Internships are open to individuals who have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees prior to the program’s start date and are interested in exploring museum careers. Established in 1974, the McDermott Internship Program allows interns to work closely with staff throughout the Museum and provides opportunities for individual contributions, resulting in an in-depth and well-rounded perspective on museum work.
In addition to their daily museum duties, which comprise a full-time 35-hour work week, McDermott Interns are also able to explore Dallas’s rich cultural scene through performances, museum visits, and collection tours arranged by the DMA. Interns are also allowed to request $500 toward qualified professional development to be completed during their tenure.
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About SimpL: Through the power of a small team of 30 people with ages ranging from 16-30, SimpL has developed a product that uses cutting edge pose estimation research to ensure that no one gets injured while working out. In short, they are revolutionizing and democratizing the intersection of technology and fitness. The company just placed in the top 10 of University startups in Amazon’s Web Services 2020 competition.
About the Role: While your internship would be unpaid, the knowledge and experience you would gain from reporting directly to the CEO, CTO, CMO, and Creative Director daily of a company that’s on the cusp of receiving angel funding in the second quarter, would set you apart when applying for jobs upon graduating from Middlebury. If you prove yourself a good worker, you’ll also be eligible for a spot on the team.
Why SimpL? If you were to join the team, you’d be working for a cause that will change the world. Their mission statement is to democratize fitness and health; to mitigate and eliminate unnecessary injuries in the weight room, to supplement and improve the occupational therapy/recovery process following an injury. Here is a video behind what they are doing:
What they are looking for
The team is looking for a creative mind willing to stretch out of their own comfort zones. The company is entirely “outside the box” and so the way they’re developing a product is in the same vein.
Technical Skills Needed:
- Adobe Suite (particularly premiere, illustrator and photoshop)
- Someone who can draw technically and be able to incorporate and manipulate those drawings in adobe illustrator
- Videography skills (shooting and editing)
- Marketing skills (social media and branding)
If you have anything you think you can offer the team, REACH OUT.
Middlebury Class of ‘22
Planet Word is “the museum where language comes to life.”
It is an immersive language experience located at the historic Franklin School. Stephen Snyder, Dean of the Middlebury Language Schools, will chat with Ann Friedman, Founder and CEO of Planet Word, about how her vision for such an institution became a reality.
Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
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Now in its seventh year, the Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists supports the professional careers of visual artists through a solo exhibition or an alternative presentation of work. This opportunity also offers professional development support, including expert guidance on improving business skills for the effective presentation, and promotion of your work.
The Fellowship is open to artists working in 2D media other than photography who have yet to have their first solo exhibition.
Applications for the 2021 Walter Feldman Fellowship are now open! The deadline for submissions is November 2, 2020.
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You would think that all of the work in preparing for an exhibition lies in the making of the physical artwork. Nope. That is only one part of the overall exhibition organization machine. Of course, making the work is a huge part of the process (and arguable the most important part) but there are loads of other things that need to be done to make sure that an exhibition runs smoothly. Each artwork needs to be photographed, framed, and catalogued. Certificates of authenticity need to be created and assigned to each piece. The artworks then need to be safely wrapped for delivery to the gallery. Finally, you need to make sure that the gallery has the correct inventory information for each artwork in the show.
Click here to read how one artist has established a good system to make all the last-minute prep as streamlined as possible.
Managing your art career is a practice in time-management and planning ahead. There are so many aspects of an art career—creating, marketing, selling, organizing works, keeping track of your finances—to name just a few. Downtime in your art career is the perfect moment to recalibrate, find inspiration, and take care of the nitty-gritty. Taking care of tasks during a slow period supports your present and future career. Jump in on your to-do list. With each task you take on in a period of art career slowness, you are boosting your career and preparing for a busier future. Click here to read the complete article.