Colby Students

Student Advisory Board to the Colby College Museum of Art

Student Advisory BoardThe Student Advisory Board to the Colby College Museum of Art was founded in the spring of 2014 following the expansion and reopening of the Museum in 2013. In concordance with the Museum’s commitment to serve the Colby community, especially the students, the advisory board was created with the following tenets in mind: to foster and strengthen the relationship between Colby students and the Museum, to increase participation in Museum events and exhibitions, to promote the Museum as a space for student groups as well as individual students, to program specific events tailored to students, to serve as representatives of the student body to the Museum staff, to advise staff on the interests of the student body, to work with staff advisors to the board, to provide experience to the members, to learn about the internal workings of a collegiate museum, and to acquire skills related to public programming.

The Student Advisory Board is committed to the promotion of Museum events through social media, word of mouth, posters, the programming new events for students, and to maintaining and expanding the Friends of the Colby College Museum of Art list, which educates the student body about goings-on at the Museum.

Applications for membership on the Student Advisory Board are solicited from interested Colby students, regardless of major or discipline, at the beginning of each fall semester. See the board’s Facebook page for announcements regarding applications, events, and more.

Fall 2014 Student Advisory Board members are Chrissy Besheer ’15, Leah Bilodeau ’17, Mary Kate Fitzpatrick ’15, Nora Hill ’18, Alex Sarappo ’16, Francesca Soriano ’16, Veronica Vesnaver ’15, Marina Wells ’15, Jacob Zhang ’16. Ex officio: Maria Bowe ’15.


Museum Student Internship Opportunities

Summer/Fall/Spring

Education Intern

InternshipsThe Education Intern will assist both the Mirken Curator of Education and the Mirken Coordinator of Education and Public Programs in a variety of duties. These may include, but are not limited to, the creation of in-gallery and digital didactics, curriculum writing, tour development, and some writing of publicity materials. Interns must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have the ability to work both independently and as a team member.  Interns must also be prompt and reliable.  Prior museum experience, and working with school curriculum, is preferred but not required. Experience and interest in the arts, whether formal or informal, is required. For more information, please contact our Mirken Curator of Education, Lauren Lessing.

Collections Intern

The Collections Intern will work primarily with the registrars office, assisting with maintenance of Museum object records, inventory of the Museum’s collection, preparing correspondence and research as requested. Dependent upon experience, the assistant may manage administrative tasks associated with the associate director’s office. Interns must be detail oriented, proficient with Macintosh computers, and digital imaging, have the ability to work independently or as part of a team, and be prompt and reliable. Past experience working in a museum environment is preferred but not required. Experience with digital imaging is preferred. For more information, please contact our Registrar, Lorraine DeLaney.

Curatorial Intern

This internship offers an immersive introduction to the work of art curating. The intern will assist the curatorial staff on all tasks related to the development and realization of exhibitions. Tasks will include collection and exhibition research, meeting preparation, data entry, correspondence, and basic office upkeep. The curatorial intern will also assist the Museum’s exhibition preparators as needed. The successful candidate will have strong organization and communication skills and a genuine interest in learning more about the museum field. For more information, please contact our Lunder Curator of American Art, Beth Finch.

Francine and Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass.

In recognition of the grant to the Clark under Paragraph 1.a., the Clark will establish an endowment to fund a program, in perpetuity, called the Lunder Student Internship Program at the Clark.  This program will fund one postbaccalaureate, year-long internship and four undergraduate summer internships at Clark.  The priority for the post-baccalaureate internship will be given first to Colby College graduates, second to college graduates who attended college in Maine, and third to college graduates who are Maine residents and attended college out-of-state. Priority for the undergraduate summer internships will be given first to Colby College students; second to Maine college students; and third to Maine residents who are attending college out-of-state.

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

The Homer Colby Fellowship provides a current Colby student with the opportunity for an eight-week fellowship each year to benefit Colby College and the Portland Museum of Art.  Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500. The fellow will work primarily alongside the Portland Museum of Art’s senior curator of American Art in playing a national role to promote research and scholarship on American art, Winslow Homer, and the role Maine has played in American art and cultural history. In addition to working directly with the curator of American art, the fellow would participate in the development and organization of the Cannon Rock Sessions, the biennial program funded by the Lunder Homer Education Fund. Future programming may expand the fellow’s role to include development, organization and support related to Homer initiatives, including potential Homer symposia featuring national experts such as Marc Simpson and John Wilmerding.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

MFA will establish the Lunder Summer Internship Program in perpetuity in honor of Barbara and Theodore Alfond. The Lunder Summer Internship Program will provide funding for three to five Maine college students for a summer internship at MFA.  The internships will be awarded as need-based financial aid grants to qualified and eligible Maine college students as determined by MFA.

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, a scholarly collaboration of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, the University of Glasgow, and the Art Instititute of Chicago, will offer a paid summer internship for a Colby College student at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Students with a strong interest and aptitude for museum work will gain experience in the museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings during an eight-to-10 week period in the summer. Art history, studio art, and American atudies students are especially encouraged to apply.

One intern will be selected by the Art Institute of Chicago to work on various projects, including exhibition preparation and collections research relating to the museum’s extensive resources and collections in American art, 19th-century European art, and especially Whistler and his close contemporaries.

Applicants should include a cover letter outlining their interest in museum work and its relevance to their academic program; a résumé, transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, a scholarly collaboration of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, the University of Glasgow, and the Art Institute of Chicago, will offer a paid summer internship for a Colby College student at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Students with a strong interest and aptitude for museum work will gain experience during for a four-to six-week period during the summer. Art history, studio art, East Asian studies and American studies’ students are especially encouraged to apply. The focus of the internship will be on various aspects of the Freer’s collection of American art.

One intern will be selected by the consortium partners and will work on various projects—exhibitions, collections research, and public programs—relating to the Freer’s extensive resources and collections in Asian art and American art of the Aesthetic Movement.


Student DocentsStudent Docent Program

Colby students are provided with opportunities to teach in the Museum as part of the student docent program. After the completion of Art 211, the student docent course offered as part of the Art Department curriculum, students will give tours to groups of both adults and schoolchildren. Student docents will receive two nongraded credit hours upon completion of Art 211.