Summer 2015 art internships challenge and inspire
Centre College students are inspired to expand their boundaries and stretch themselves academically, both on campus and beyond. This summer 58 students are participating in career-building internships and global experiences in 13 states and 11 foreign countries, including three students who are engaging in programs related to the arts.
Paige Anderson ’17 is a curatorial intern at the San Antonio Museum of Art in the Latin America Art Center. An art history and Spanish major with a minor in Latin American studies, the internship is giving her the opportunity to work on projects honoring the 300-year anniversary of San Antonio in 2018 and an exhibit on Miguel Covarrubias.
Anderson credits Centre with funding her out-of-state travel and for college experiences that help her grow into a responsible, career-minded and hardworking adult in the professional world.
“Through my interactions with professors, members of my sorority (Kappa Kappa Gamma) and service fraternity (Alpha Phi Omega) and the community at large, I have learned how to establish professional relationships and how to function in the ‘real world,’” she said.
The experience has solidified her career goal of working in Latin American art and her plans to apply to graduate school in the southwest.
Kiera Bowman ’16 (pictured above) is an internship and study abroad veteran working at Shanghai Green Antiques in Shanghai, China.
“This is my eighth time to China, but my second time working for the company,” she explained. “I work for an antiques shop that also does interior design, and I am the social media aspect of this company.”
An international studies major with an Asian studies minor, Bowman said her Centre Experience greatly impacted her decision to reapply for a second summer at the shop.
“The amount of history in China can be a bit overwhelming, but I feel that I had an advantage coming to Shanghai already knowing all that I have learned in my incredibly informative classes at Centre,” she said. “Having such an amazing support system at the College has really helped me make a huge decision concerning my internship and my future.”
She’s open to all possibilities after graduating, including continuing to improve her Chinese skills in graduate school in the states or abroad.
“My education at Centre, my professors and my internships in China have opened doors for me that would have otherwise remained closed,” she continued.
Cassie Chambers ’16 is working at the Denver Art Museum in the Family and Community Programs Department. She helps with art-making stations in the galleries as well as summer classes, all while constructing an independent project. She hopes this hands-on experience will allow her to combine her interest in dramatic arts with Latino culture in future endeavors.
Chambers said she was inspired to do the internship through her classes at Centre and studying abroad in Merida, Mexico. She plans to use what she learns to positively impact the U.S. Spanish-speaking population .
“I have a passion for working with these communities because of the dedication displayed by my professors at Centre—they care so much about community outreach,” she explained.
This internship has convinced her that she wants a job that “tells the historical, artistic and cultural stories of museum exhibits to the population of the U.S., specifically in a manner that is accessible to Spanish-speakers.” She hopes to work at a museum abroad for a year or two before returning to Denver to attend graduate school.
“If I hadn’t had this internship at the Denver Art Museum this summer, I would never have known that museum work was such a good fit for me,” Chambers concluded. “And, honestly, I would never have had this opportunity if it weren’t for the experiences, relationships and funding that I got at Centre.”
Pictured above: Kiera Bowman ’16 at the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
by Elise L. Murrell
July 7, 2015