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AHVC Program Senior Poster Session and Alum Night

Tuesday, December 6th, the Art History and Visual Culture Program held its annual Senior Poster Session and Alum Night in RKC Lobby.
Class of 2023 seniors displayed visual and textual accounts of their Senior Project research to date. Faculty and guests were invited to
ask questions and discuss topics.

In addition, two alum Martha Hart ‘5, Museum Registrar at CCS Bard Hessel Museum and Alec Petty ’16 founder of King’s Leap Gallery in NYC,
spoke of their journeys since graduating Bard with degrees in Art History and Visual Culture. There was a Q and A session afterwards.


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Anne Hunnell Chen joins Bard AHVC Faculty

Bard College’s Division of the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Hunnell Chen as Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture. Her tenure-track appointment begins in the 2022–23 academic year.

Anne Hunnell Chen specializes in the art and archaeology of the globally connected Late Roman world. She is the founder and director of the NEH-funded International (Digital) Dura-Europos Archive (IDEA), aimed at virtual reassembly and recontextualization of archaeological information from a uniquely preserved archaeological site of cross-disciplinary significance. Dr. Chen has published on Roman, Persian, and Digital Humanities topics, and taught equally wide-ranging coursework.

In addition, she is currently at work on a monograph, Tetrarchic Art, Architecture, and Ideology Between East and West (284-325 CE). Taking a transculturally-sensitive, multimedia, and contextual approach, hers is the first book to treat the imperial art of this critical transitional era in its own right, rather than as an accessory in a longue durée narrative. She argues that emperors of this era sensitively adjusted their ideological messaging to address ever-evolving internal and external political pressures—including inordinate pressure from the Persian Sassanid East—and that the stylistic abstraction most commonly associated with the imperial art of the period was not as all-pervasive as generally assumed.

She has excavated at the Roman Baths in Iesso (Spain), and at the Roman imperial palace at Felix Romuliana (Serbia), a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2013–14, she spent a year as a fellow in the Department of the Ancient Near East at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where she worked on the international loan exhibition Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age. Dr. Chen also serves as co-chair of the international Pelagios Network, and an historical consultant for the Virtual Center for Late Antiquity (VCLA).

She earned her B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fields of Art History and Classical Studies, and her Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Bard community, she taught at Brown, Hofstra, and Yale Universities.

Photo: Anne Hunnell Chen.

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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


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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.

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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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Alex Penn wins the Jean French Travel Award



Congratulations to Alex Penn, Class of 2022 for winning the Jean French Art History and Visual Culture Travel Award, an award given annually to a student working on their senior project in the Art History and Visual Culture Program for expenses relating to their senior project.

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Historic Deerfield Fellowship Program

Historic Deerfield Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Early American History and Material Culture
Tuition-free program gives college students the opportunity to explore history and material culture studies, conduct original research, and experience working at a museum.
Deerfield, Mass. (December 3, 2021)—Historic Deerfield, Inc., invites applications from college juniors and seniors to take part in an intensive, nine-week Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. College juniors (graduating in 2023), and seniors who expect to graduate in 2022 are eligible for 7 openings in the program, which is designed for undergraduate students in American Studies, Architecture, Archaeology, Art and Art History, Design, History, Material Culture, Preservation and Museum Studies.
This unique residential living-and-learning opportunity takes place at Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Each participant receives a full fellowship that covers all expenses associated with the program, including tuition, room and board, and field trips. A limited number of stipends are awarded to students with demonstrated need to help cover lost summer income. Financial aid awards are need blind and application for assistance has no impact on the program application.
The 2022 program begins June 6 and ends August 8. Applications are now being accepted online at  The application deadline is February 8, 2022. Notification of acceptances will be announced in March.
For More Information:
Contact: Barbara A. Mathews, Public Historian and Director of Academic Programs
Phone: (413) 775-7207

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Education Coordinator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site: New Job Opportunity

Education Coordinator

The Thomas Cole National Historic site is now seeking a full-time Education Coordinator. They will work across the Education department to coordinate visitor and programmatic operations. This is a full time, year round position. Work schedule from May-October is Wednesday-Sunday; and Monday-Friday from November-April. In addition, special projects/events may take place on weekends year round. Reports to the Manager of Visitor Engagement. Compensation includes benefits and salary of $32,000 per year.

Coordination of Administrative Aspects of the Seasonal Touring Operations:

·   Ensure that the visitor experience runs smoothly. Guide the “Go-To Person” to solve problems.

·   Assist the Manager of Visitor Engagement with the interviewing/hiring of new guides for each season.

·   Train new and returning educators on logistical aspects of touring operation

·   Schedule guides so that the site is adequately staffed. Problem-solve when guides cancel their shift. Distribute the schedule to all staff who need to see it.

·   Oversee group tour reservations and scheduling staff. Problem-solve the way groups are guided through the site

·   Prepare for the opening and closing of each tour season. Tasks include setting up the seasonal staff office space, updating the tour manual, updating the Site’s phone messages and website regarding hours/offerings, and assisting the Manager of Visitor Engagement with other preparations

·   Lead daily tour staff meetings

·   Become a trained member of the tour staff and provide support, including filling in for last minute guide cancellations. For the first year, approximately 3 days per week. [See Museum Educator position description]

Coordination of School/Youth Programs:

·   Oversee multi-year project to create an online experience for youth audiences. Schedule meetings, oversee research, and be a key member of the project team

·   Oversee visit reservations and scheduling staff. Problem-solve the way students are guided through the site

·   Teach lesson plans/activities to students, both during on-site visits and by making trips to school classrooms

·   Be the primary contact for schools and teachers. Nurture newly formed relationships with schools and other youth organizations and develop new ones.

·   Maintain the Education tab on the TCNHS website

·   Lead group tours around the Site that consist primarily of children or students

·   Maintain a record system that summarizes relationship with schools/educators.

·   Train Educators how best to engage younger students, and how to lead lesson plans in classrooms and on site

·   Explore potential ways to connect with schools and youth audiences.

 Implementation of Educational Events/ Programs:

·   Work collaboratively with curatorial and interpretive teams to organize and implement various educational events and programs, such as lectures, public panels/talks with guest curators and presenting artists, and other educational programs. Create checklist of tasks for each and ensure all tasks are completed.

·   With Site Curator and Fellowship Director, plan and coordinate an annual meet and greet welcome Fellows event, Fellow’s public presentation event, and help with arrangements for monthly educational and professional site visits for the Cole Fellows.

·   Along with entire staff, assist with other events throughout the year as needed (such as fundraising events).

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