Summer Reflections

By: Museum Intern on August 9th, 2023

Hello again! You may remember my blog post from the beginning of the summer when I arrived at the Woodson Art Museum as a new intern. Ten weeks have zipped by, and now I have a moment to pause and reflect on my experience before wrapping up.

In the previous post, I outlined some of the projects I hoped to complete this summer. I am proud to share that I made headway on all of them and then some. Here’s a list of the main projects I completed for each department:

For the education department, I assisted with programs for students and Museum visitors, took photos, and updated program evaluations. I also created a scavenger hunt activity for one of the exhibitions. My big project for the education department was cataloging hundreds of objects used as examples during tours and other programming.  

Students working on the scavenger hunt

For the administration department, I learned to use the Museum’s phone system as well as Altru, the Museum’s customer relationship management database, and Constant Contact, the Museum’s email communication system. My big project for the administration department was planning a film screening of Waste Land for Museum members tomorrow night at 7:30 PM. Join us on the Kathy Kelsey Foley Rooftop Sculpture Garden!  Invitation design for film screening Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum presents Waste Land in the Kathy Kelsey Foley Rooftop Sculpture Garden

For the collections department, I reorganized the books in the library by call number, created a list of artworks from past years of Birds in Art, and learned about installation and deinstallation. My big project for collections was conserving over ten bronze sculptures in the Sculpture Garden.

Cleaning a sculpture

In between my projects, I helped out with lots of little tasks – so many details go into an art museum! It is safe to say that I learned more about museum work this summer than any of my previous classes or work experiences from collaborating with staff on the projects listed above. I am grateful to everyone at the Woodson Art Museum for welcoming me as their first cross-departmental intern. Special thanks to Rachel Hausmann Schall, Elaina Johann, and Amalia Wojciechowski for being wonderful supervisors this summer!  

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