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Open call for young art writers: Art & Education Field Notes

With the academic year drawing to a close and two of the world’s preeminent exhibitions of contemporary art beckoning students and recent graduates to Venice and Kassel this summer, Art & Education is excited to announce an open call for reviews of the 59th Venice Biennale and Documenta 15.

Students and recent graduates from bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in curating, art writing, and art history are invited to contribute texts on the specific national pavilion, project, or public programming in Venice or Kassel that most sparks their interest. We want to encourage the next generation of art writers to flex their critical muscles, revel in close looking, and gain real-world publishing experience.

Art & Education Field Notes, our new editorial initiative, seeks writing that makes original connections between the work and the world, goes against the grain of reviews published elsewhere, and has fun in a genre sometimes overburdened with self-seriousness.

What might other observers have missed? What pavilions or projects merit further consideration?

We want to hear from you!

Interested writers should send the following in one pdf to [email protected]
—Travel dates
—Academic affiliation
—100-word description of research interests or the pavilion/project/program to be considered
—500-word writing sample from a recent paper or previously published work

Field Notes will begin publishing on Art & Education in June. Selected writers will be commissioned to write 1000-word reviews and receive compensation for their work. Field Notes will also be featured on e-flux and


Notes from the Chair

FORELAND – Docent Positions

Foreland x Bard Docent Program

Foreland is an 85,000SF contemporary arts development that includes 31 artist studios, three commercial art galleries, two private event spaces, food & beverage, and a membership-only cooperative workspace. Located on the banks of Catskill Creek, the Foreland campus is housed within three historic mills dating to the mid-1800s. It is a beacon of contemporary art, aesthetic wonder, and modern functionalism all within the Hudson River Valley.

Foreland is seeking two motivated, poised, and outgoing students to join the team as gallery docents for our newly established Foreland Gallery Coalition (FGC). Eloquence in contemporary art is crucial. The FGC is a nationwide coalition of 15 renowned programs that produce exhibitions at Foreland twice yearly. Docents will be a critical member of the Foreland Gallery Coalition staff, primarily ensuring the safety and security of works on view, welcoming gallery visitors, answering visitor questions, and opening/closing the gallery.

Docents will be exposed to the behind-the-scenes of running a gallery and interact with an exceptional group of artists and art dealers. A proficiency in speaking about art as well as the ability to quickly learn the ins-and-outs of gallery pragmatics is essential. Docent applications will be accepted at 3 times throughout the year, coinciding with the start of each semester and summer break, with an initial employment commitment of 16 hours per week for a minimum of 5 months. Applicants interested in summer employment must be available to work every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-6:30pm, beginning June 25, 2022. Docents will be compensated at a rate of $16 per hour.

Please send a resume and a short cover letter to [email protected] Applications are due by June 1, 2022. Serious inquiries only, please. Learn more about Foreland at or follow us on instagram @forelandcatskill!

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Undergraduate Summer School in Design History and Material Culture

July 6–19, 2022

Application deadline: April 15

Bard Graduate Center
Gallery: 18 West 86th Street | Academic Programs: 38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
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Bard Graduate Center (BGC) is excited to announce the 2022 Undergraduate Summer School in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture. Open to undergraduates and recent college graduates, the program draws on resources at BGC and around New York City to provide an intensive, two-week program on material culture studies.

The topic for 2022 is “Re-Dress and Re-Form: Innovations in the History of Fashion and Design, 1850 to Today.” The course will emphasize the revolutionary significance of this period for design history and fashion, both in the US and in Europe. In particular, the course will explore how the interconnected social categorizations of race, class, and gender create overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination and disadvantage. Led by professor Freyja Hartzell and PhD candidate Pierre-Jean Desemerie, this summer school will combine small seminars with behind-the-scenes access to collections. Eligible for three upper-level undergraduate credits.

Contact: [email protected]

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Paid Internship Opportunity at the Brooklyn Museum for Summer 2022

The Brooklyn Museum Summer Internship is a full-time paid opportunity. Interns receive $15 per hour, and work 35 hours per week, from May 31–August 5, 2022. Selected interns will be paired with a supervisor and integrated into one of our departments, participating fully in day-to-day workplace activities and projects with the guidance of full-time staff members. In addition to gaining extensive work experience, they will have the opportunity to attend seminars that focus on the role of museums in society today, and how they might imagine the future.

Link to Application:

Learn more about the Brooklyn Museum’s Internship Program here:

Available positions for Summer 2022: 

 CONSERVATION (onsite)— The intern will assist conservators on preventive conservation activities that could include working with environmental data, integrated pest management activities, making storage housings and containers for artworks, applying accession numbers, condition photography and performing minor treatments under supervision. This internship will serve as an introduction to the field of art conservation. The ideal candidate has an interest in science, art and loves working with their hands.

 CURATORIAL—DECORATIVE ARTS (Hybrid) — Working directly with the Senior and Assistant Curators, the intern will assist with selection, development of checklists of works of art, research, documentation, and building files for two special exhibitions on Social Justice & Contemporary Craft and Cultural Appropriation in the Decorative Arts. Additionally, the intern will help the decorative arts curators with an assessment of the collection. This will involve visits to storage, writing object descriptions, and doing provenance research. No previous experience in the decorative arts or design is required, but an interest in learning about the history and analysis of objects is a necessity. Requirements include: superior research and writing abilities; excellent communication and organizational skills, including meticulous attention to detail; an interest in history, decorative arts, design, craft; and be a self-starter.

 CURATORIAL—EGYPTIAN, CLASSICAL, AND ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN ART (Hybrid) — The Egyptian, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Art (ECANEA) curatorial intern primarily assists with collections documentation, archive management, and exhibition planning. Projects include digital imaging, data entry, and research. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic and dependable, with an interest in ancient Egyptian, Classical, or ancient Near Eastern history and art. Previous related coursework or related experiences are a plus.

 CURATORIAL—ELIZABETH A. SACKLER CENTER FOR FEMINIST ART (Hybrid)—The Curatorial Intern in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (EASCFA) primarily assists with research, planning, and organization for upcoming exhibitions, and provides general departmental support. Ideal candidates are current or recent graduate or undergraduate students, studying art history, curatorial, museum studies, or a related field. Ideal candidates hold strong organizational, research, and writing skills and an interest in feminist art history and theory. Past experience preparing exhibitions and/or working in arts organizations is a plus.

 CURATORIAL—PHOTOGRAPHY (Hybrid) —Working directly with the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography, the intern assists with research, planning, and organization for upcoming exhibitions and acquisitions. Particular focus will be on an upcoming exhibition on the history of artists’ zines in North America from 1970 to now. Ideal candidates have prior research experience or coursework in the history of photography and twentieth-century visual culture; excellent communication and organizational skills; and an interest in a museum career.

 CURATORIAL—EUROPEAN ART (Onsite/Hybrid)— Working directly with the Senior Curator of European Art and the department curatorial assistants, the intern provides departmental support, particularly with research, planning, and organization for upcoming exhibitions and collection rotations. Ideal candidates have prior research experience; excellent communication and organizational skills, including meticulous attention to detail; a working knowledge of European art (ca. 1500-1945); and an interest in a museum career. A particular focus will be on helping to research and develop new European art installations, either in a focused European gallery or within the American or other galleries, that emphasize critical narratives around global trade, materiality, colonialism, race, and other urgent themes.

 DEVELOPMENT—SPECIAL EVENTS & RENTALS, INDIVIDUAL GIVING (Hybrid)— The intern will work with two Development teams: (1) Special Events & Rentals and (2) Individual Giving. The Special Events & Rentals team plans and fundraises for exhibition openings and annual benefits, which raise more than $2 million annually, and manages external, private events that take place within the Museum. Leveraging a robust set of patron councils and the Museum’s art world networks, the Individual Giving team cultivates, solicits, and stewards a broad variety of high-level gifts made by individuals. Reporting to the Development Assistant, Special Events; the Assistant Manager, Events & Rentals; and the Manager, Individual Giving & Campaigns, the Development intern will assist in multiple ways with onsite special events, manage rental walkthroughs and prepare rental proposals, and assist with identifying and researching prospective individual donors to the Museum while laying the groundwork for recognition opportunities. The intern will gain insight into event management and logistical planning, the major gifts pipeline, and long-term goal-setting and project management. Candidates should have strong communication skills, high levels of motivation and problem-solving, capacity to be organized and detail-oriented, and familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace. In-person and remote working arrangements required, as well as certain evenings.

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS (Hybrid)- The Digital Communications Intern will work alongside the Digital Communications and Marketing team to help develop and write original social media content; assist with community management and audience development; as well as track social media engagement to identify high-performing ideas and opportunities across our platforms. In addition, this intern may attend public programs, openings, and events with the objective of documenting candid Museum ongoings and/or providing real-time social media coverage via Instagram Stories and live tweets. Qualified candidates will have experience in social media marketing, copywriting, content creation (photo and video) consumer research, market research, marketing strategy; or coursework in art history, arts administration, journalism, business, communications, marketing, or sociology. Experience using Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, Photoshop, etc.) is a plus.

 EXHIBITIONS (Hybrid)- The Exhibitions department provides direction and support for the Museum’s in-house and touring exhibitions. Working directly with the Director of Exhibition Planning, Manager of Touring Exhibitions, Touring Exhibitions Coordinator, Exhibition Project Managers, and the Exhibition Assistant, the intern assists with designing documents and presentations; archival and art historical research and development; administrative duties relating to the planning and execution of in-house and touring exhibitions; and general office management. Interns are also able to attend a number of internal meetings with members of other Museum departments, including curatorial, design, marketing, and more. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented with strong organizational and communication skills, and is familiar with arts management and business.

Notes from the Chair


A young woman with long dark hair in an orange dress standing in front of a monumental painting of a golden sunset in a French harbor.
The Frick Collection is pleased to offer paid internships this summer in the Education, Communications & Marketing, and Curatorial departments.

Frick internships provide a superb opportunity for students to participate in many aspects of museum work at a world-class institution.

Please share this opportunity with interested candidates. Full eligibility information and application instructions are available at


Apply for a Summer Internship


Ayesha Bulchandani Education Internships for Undergraduate Students
Application due: March 15, 2022

APPLYCommunications & Marketing Internship for Undergraduate/Graduate Students
Application due: March 31, 2022


Ayesha Bulchandani Curatorial Internships for Graduate Students
Application due: March 31, 2022


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Student Opportunities

Internship Opportunity at the St. Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to offer four full-time, paid summer internships in the curatorial and learning & engagement divisions in 2022. These positions are open to current and recent undergraduate and graduate students.

Position Summary
The paid internships at the Saint Louis Art Museum offer opportunities to gain first-hand experience working in a major art museum. The Museum is home to a collection of over 37,000 works of art from six continents, dating from ancient times to the present. Curators, together with museum educators, designers, registrars, and many others, work to interpret and present the collection and develop programs that enrich visitor experiences. Over the course of the summer program, interns will have opportunities to learn more about SLAM’s collections through curatorial tours. In addition, they will participate in tours of the conservation facilities, brownbag lunches with department and division heads, and a meeting with the museum’s director.Interns will work one-on-one with a staff member from the Curatorial or Learning and Engagement divisions of the Museum to contribute to a specific project. In 2022, projects include:

Project 1: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Internship
The Intern will work with curators in the department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas to conduct research and catalog historic Native American art, focusing on the Donald Danforth Jr. Collection of Plains and Plateau art. Intern will also assist with special exhibition projects for African art.

Project 2: American Art in the Early Cold War (1939-1963)
The Intern will work with curators in the department of American Art to assist with research for a Cold War exhibition that will bring a socio-political perspective on a wide range of American art produced between 1939 (Hitler-Stalin pact) and 1963 (assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy). The project will entail research on individual objects, on social/political contexts and artist groups as well as compiling gallery and exhibition histories and contemporaneous reviews. Intern will also assist with exhibition databases and checklists.Project 3: Contemporary Ceramics and Craft in St. Louis
The Intern will work with curators in the department of Decorative Arts and Design to conduct research on contemporary ceramics and other craft media in the collection and the community. The intern will strengthen research on artists represented in the collection by compiling annotated bibliographies and artist and exhibition histories and identifying comparative objects and collections.

Project 4: Research and Planning for the 100th anniversary of education at the Saint Louis Art Museum
The Intern will collaborate with Learning and Engagement staff to research and develop ideas for public programs and activities to mark 2023, the 100th anniversary of SLAM’s education department (now called Learning and Engagement). Tasks may include reviewing materials in the museum archives, helping to create an updated narrative of the history of SLAM’s education department, and assisting in the research for a video or social media campaign celebrating the 100th anniversary of the department.
Key Information:
– Mandatory start date is Monday, June 13, 2022
– Internship concludes when intern completes 300 hours; duration to be eight or nine weeks
– Work schedule is Monday through Friday, roughly 37.5 hours per week
– Biweekly pay will be $12.50/hour worked, no benefits or holiday pay
– The Saint Louis Art Museum adheres to protocols based on current guidelines from the City’s Department of Health. All potential new hires will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
– The internship will most likely take place on-site, though there may be a potential for remote work.
– Candidates will be considered for specific projects based on interest, qualifications, and project needs.A complete application requires the following documents:
– Cover letter to indicate professional goals, reason you seek this internship, and how your training and experience have prepared you for any of the projects cited above.
– Resume or CV to indicate work experience (volunteer and paid work) and academic background
– Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
– Language skills list to specify language(s) and reading, writing, speaking levels of fluency
– 3 References: name, title, affiliation and full contact information (letters of reference not required; at least 2 references must be a professor or academic advisor; 1 can be a personal or nonacademic professional reference)
– Academic writing sample, such as a research paper (minimum 5 pages in length, with source citations and bibliography)

Click here to apply. *Please only upload two documents: (1) a PDF that combines the cover letter, resume/CV, transcripts, language skills and reference list; (2) the writing sample.*

Deadline to submit complete applications: 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Selections will be completed by April 8, 2022.

Please direct any questions to Meagan McKay, Sr. Administrative Assistant for Curatorial Affairs, at [email protected].

The Saint Louis Art Museum is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color. The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Amy Torbert, PhD
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of American Art
Saint Louis Art Museum
[email protected]

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Doris Lee (1905-1983) worked simultaneously as a fine and a commercial artist, illustrating “The Rodgers and Hart Songbook,” while exhibiting paintings with the still-extant AAA Galleries in Manhattan. The paintings, which combined Grandma Moses with the textured color fields of Milton Avery cheerfully reflect this duality. This catalog, by Melissa Wolfe, and a traveling show at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa., (through Jan. 9) should begin to end her obscurity. (Westmoreland Museum of Art and Giles Ltd., London)

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