Summer 2011: Intern Crystal Labrosse on working for the OSU Museum of Art

Our Summer 2011 intern at the OSU Museum of Art was Crystal Labrosse, an art history major and rising junior. In today’s blog post, she summarizes her experience and shares her favorite moments.

My experience as an intern for the Gardiner Art Gallery consisted of learning many tasks.  My tasks varied from secretarial type work to cleaning paint off the floor.  I started my internship by helping Shawn and Topher install the Tour de Quartz show.  From this I learned how installing a show in a gallery is an art form all of its own.  What makes it an art form is that the installer plays with the art pieces (as though a painter would play with paint) to find the right mood for the audience.

Also during the internship I did things like look for potential donors, create a student survey analysis to show to current donors and look for potential future gallery exhibit ideas.  Also, while in the gallery I served as an attendant.  I greeted the people that entered the gallery (even though it was summer there were a few each week!) and talked to them about the current exhibition and encouraged them to sign the guestbook.

Crystal working on "Building A Collection: The Larry W. and Mattie R. Harms Collection of African Art."

The most fascinating aspect of the internship was helping everyone with the new Harms African Art Collection.  Being able to unwrap and help catalogue a new collection for the gallery was quite exciting! I helped Topher with creating the cataloging for all these new pieces, which was a first for me.  After the installation I helped Shawn with the showcases, setting the lighting to create the best effect.  Overall my summer internship experience was highly educational.  I learned many new things and it has sparked an interest in pursuing future internships with a larger gallery/museum.

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Louise Siddons is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and founding curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She maintains this blog as a record of her students' work with the Museum's permanent collection as well as more generally with topics related to museum studies.
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