A Space for Dialogue: Kayla Gilbert '12

Posted on April 27, 2012 by Web Services Editor

Programming, Homma Family Intern

About Kayla

Although Kayla, a Studio Art major and Digital Art minor, is already an artist, she always looks for ways to further explore her appreciation of the act of creation. Kayla applied to be an intern at the Hood Museum of Art in the hopes of focusing on art from a variety of perspectives and sharing her appreciation with students at Dartmouth so that they too can see what an "untapped wonder" the Hood is. Besides being open to continuing a career in an art museum, Kayla also wishes to pursue a career as an artist or animator. Working at the Hood has helped to enrich Kayla's repertoire and reinforce her love for the art world.

At the Hood

Kayla's internship has presented her with the opportunity to teach both Dartmouth students and community school children about the different aspects of Native American art using the Hood's just-concluded exhibition Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art. She states that the most rewarding aspect of her internship has been working with the Hood staff: "You can really tell that they love what they do and have a passion and deep appreciation for art." Additionally, Kayla has learned "more about the effects of artwork on a grand scale and the type of conversation it inspires," as well as how to apply her own art background to an institutional environment. Kayla has loved sharing her knowledge and facilitating illuminating and dynamic conversations about artwork with her peers and fellow students. She is happy to have had these experiences and the opportunity to enhance her knowledge of the art world.

A Space for Dialogue

Art in Motion: A Deeper Look at the Animated Figure and Its Presence in Contemporary Works

For Kayla's Space for Dialogue installation, titled Art in Motion, she  pursued her interest in animation. She states that she "absolutely loves cartoons and animation" and is disappointed that "society commonly fails to see animation as a true art form." She scoured the Hood's collection to find pieces that help present animation as art. From Kayla's perspective, each frame on screen is an amazing piece of art, and when the film runs, it becomes an overdose of beautiful art flowing together at an accelerated rate. When she came across pieces from the Disney film Pinocchio in the Hood's holdings, she was so happy she actually "almost cried." She then dove right into the curating process in order to research, articulate, and start a discussion about the ways in which animation is indeed a form of fine art... just in motion.

Find a PDF of Kayla's brochure here.