Summer is a special time at a university museum like the Johnson. The pace of the academic year slows down, allowing us to turn our attention to other projects. This summer, we have been able to work with an outstanding group of student interns and volunteers, some of whom were interns this past spring or will continue this fall, on a variety of projects. All of us here see firsthand the many ways these internships provide valuable preprofessional training for our promising students, who gain museum experience that will help them decide upon the next steps in their educations and careers.
Kelly Lee ’16, the Nancy Horton Bartels ’48 Scholar for Collections, helped curator Andrea Inselmann to research a major exhibition planned for Spring 2014 on art and the environment. Kelly also helped curators Nancy Green and Andy Weislogel with the relocation of objects to new storage areas. Christopher Yates ’14, the Nancy Horton Bartels ’48 Scholar for Education, provided tours and workshops for local and international teens studying at Cornell, and publicized our summer programs around campus and to the community.
Chelsea Finecal ’13, the Wong and Cheng Intern for Chinese Art, worked with chief curator Ellen Avril unpacking Asian works of art from off-site storage and helping rehouse them in a new collections storage room. Chelsea also assisted provenance researcher Lexie Palmer in preparing research on Chinese ceramics and jades acquired since 2008. Providing additional support for our curatorial department, Kayla Figueroa ’14 matted works on paper from the permanent collection, Ariel Aicher ’13 drafted a display of ancient coins for the reinstallation project, and both assisted with the preparation of the exhibition Encountering the Floating World.
The registrar’s office received valuable help from volunteer intern Adrian Ashdown of Miami University, Ohio, who handled clerical tasks and inventory associated with incoming loans to the collection. We had two students volunteering with our education staff: Sylvia Estes of Bard College worked with our underserved and at-risk youth programs; and Erin Wolf of Wheaton College researched artwork used in summer tours and programs.
We thank all of our students for their dedicated work at the Museum this summer.
Looking forward, this fall will be an exciting semester of exhibitions, lectures, artist visits, and other programs. Please come see us soon. I guarantee you will be rewarded with new insights that will provoke you, inspire you, and delight you.
The Richard J. Schwartz Director