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Hanover, NH 03755

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Student Internships

Associate Director and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming Katherine Hart and an intern examine works of art from the collection.

An intern discusses her Space for Dialogue exhibition.

The Hood has offered internships to Dartmouth seniors since its opening in 1985. Many former Hood interns now work at museums across the country, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian. Others have pursued graduate study in curatorial studies, art history, and anthropology, leading to careers in academia.

This year, the Hood had five interns:

Marissa Slany'08, Interpretation and Programming: The Kathryn and Caroline Conroy Public Relations Intern

Ben O'Donnell '08, Curatorial and Coin: Class of 1954 Intern

Virginia Deaton '09, Curatorial: The Homma Family Curatorial Intern

Melissa Fan '08, Interpretation and Programming: Levinson Student Curatorial Intern

Craig Lee '08, Special Project: Mellon Special Project Intern

A Space for Dialogue: Fresh Perspectives on the Permanent Collection from Dartmouth's Students is a truly innovative project that directly engages the Hood's interns in curating small installations of objects in the front foyer of the museum. The interns are mentored by professional staff of the museum and encouraged to perform independent research; develop their own interpretive strategies for the objects they have chosen; and express their ideas through wall labels, a published brochure, and a public gallery talk. A Space for Dialogue, created in 2001, continues to be one of the most successful ventures the museum has undertaken in relation to undergraduate education and our internship program. A Space for Dialogue, founded with support from the Class of 1948, is made possible with generous endowments from the Class of 1967 and the Bonnie and Richard Reiss Jr. '66 Education Access Fund. The Hood is profoundly grateful to the program's supporters and thanks them for their commitment to support the museum's role in enhancing the intellectual lives of students.

"The process of curating an exhibition, from creating a concept to choosing objects and writing the brochure, has challenged me to think about architectural history that I've learned in my classes and written about for papers in a very different way, adding to my education. Selecting items for my Space for Dialogue really opened my eyes as to how accessible and open the collection of the Hood is for students."--Craig Lee '08, Mellon Special Project Intern

"The Space for Dialogue experience has been one of the highlights of my time here as an undergraduate. The opportunity to organize, from the ground up, an entire exhibit engaged me in the world of museum curating tremendously. In selecting the theme of my exhibit, I considered the general student, the potential art enthusiast who has perhaps not had the time or inclination yet to become acquainted with the museum. So I wanted an accessible topic. After searching the museum catalogue and considering such themes as sex or weaponry, I settled on "The Art of Drinking." The Hood has a robust collection of cups, glasses, and tankards, as well as prints and drawings by Hogarth, Grosz, and other heavyweights. I selected as many pieces as I could fit in order to give as comprehensive a look at my subject as possible. The feedback I got from other students, many of them not students of art, was very positive, so I hope I did my small part in promoting the Hood's new student engagement agenda."--Ben O'Donnell '08, Curatorial and Coin, Class of 1954 Intern

2007-8 A Space for Dialogue Installations

There were seven installations presented by interns between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. Each intern gave a public gallery talk.

Decoration and Function: The Evolving Relationship of Colors and Lines in the Japanese Print Tradition
Su-Ling Lee '07, The Kathryn and Caroline Conroy Intern, 2006-7

Revealing Identity in Portraiture: Relationships among the Artist, Sitter, Patron, and Viewer
Jessica Hodin '07, Levinson Student Senior Curatorial Intern, 2006-7

ARTeacherIST: The Role of the Artist as a Teacher
Deana Wojcik '07, Class of 1954 Intern, 2006-7

The Art of Drinking: Four Thousand Years of Celebration and Condemnation of Alcohol Use in the Western World
Ben O'Donnell '08, Class of 1954 Intern, 2007-8

"Bringing the Thing Home:" The Aftermath of the War Between the States in Consumer-Driven Art
Virginia F. Deaton '09, Homma Family Intern, 2007-8

Femmes Fatales: Changing Conceptions of the Dangerous Female in the Male Imagination
Marissa Slany '08, The Kathryn and Caroline Conroy Intern, 2007-8

Discovering Identity through Art: Joan MirĂ³ and Dorothea Tanning's Surrealist Explorations of the Unconscious
Melissa Fan '08, Levinson Student Intern, 2007-8

Last Updated: 10/22/08