Spring 2013: Intern Leah Krottinger in the collection

Leah Krottinger was an intern at the OSUMA in Spring 2013, along with Stephanie Dunn. Like Stephanie, Leah helped us catalogue the collection, researching and documenting objects. Leah also helped us prepare for the move to the Postal Plaza Gallery in downtown Stillwater. A native of Ponca City, Leah was also instrumental in designing our Spring staff field trip to that city, where we visited the Marland Mansion, the Poncan Theatre, and the Matzene Collection at the public library.

Spring 2013 intern Leah Krottinger working with the permanent collection.

Spring 2013 intern Leah Krottinger working with the permanent collection.

I was very excited to be offered one of the internship positions at the OSU Museum of Art this last semester. It provided a learning experience that will benefit me greatly in the future. I had a unique opportunity to be involved in the moving of the OSU art collection to the Postal Plaza Gallery. My project this semester was to package and prepare most of the collection for the move; however, we found out there were quite a few things to be done before I could begin that process. This worked out to my benefit, as I was able to gain experience in many different areas. These are just a few of the things I learned this semester: how to properly handle and package art works, both large and small, both 2D and 3D; how to use and enter information into the OSUMA art database; and how to conduct condition reports for art works. This was great because I was able to see and work with most of the permanent art collection, both items that had been in storage and items that had just been accumulated.

Spring 2013 intern Leah Krottinger working with the African art collection.

Spring 2013 intern Leah Krottinger working with the African art collection.

One of the highlights of the internship was being able to assist one of the graduate students with the African Art Collection; photographing many of the works, giving them accession numbers and titles, and entering all of this information into the art database. There were many challenges I had to face during the internship, some which called for a lot of creative problem solving. One of these challenges was giving titles to what we called the mudballs of the African collection—but what I found even worse was trying to describe them; there are only so many creative ways to describe a small, round, ball of mud.

Spring 2013 intern Leah Krottinger packing work to transfer to the Postal Plaza Gallery.

Spring 2013 intern Leah Krottinger packing work to transfer to the Postal Plaza Gallery.

Another challenge was in packaging the collection. While it was great being able to work with and see the collection, having to package the Jacques Hans Gallrein collection was rather difficult because not only were most of the paintings rather large, but their frames were large and awkward to handle. Despite this, it was wonderful having this experience and being able to work with so many great people. I would like to thank Carla Shelton for teaching me so many things and providing me with this great opportunity. It was fun and interesting, and I learned a lot.

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About osucurator

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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