EXHIBITION PRACTICES: GROUP INTERNSHIP
2 credits, group internship @ The Gordon Parks Gallery
ARTS 302, Spring 2018
Instructor: Margo Selski
Class Hours: see calendar
Office Hours: by appointment
gallery phone: 651-793-1631
This internship is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the basic functions and day-to-day operations of an educational art gallery. Students will assist in the installation and dismantling of three exhibitions, featuring numerous forms of art by student, community and/or professional artists. In doing so, students will gather practical knowledge about handling artwork, lighting artwork, creating didactics, generating and distributing publicity, working with artists, and executing corresponding programming (i.e. receptions, artist’s talks). This knowledge should qualify a student to apply for entry-level positions at other exhibition facilities, create groundwork for additional coursework in Studio Arts or Museum Studies, and/or prepare students to mount exhibitions of their own in a professional manner.
- Understands basic functions and day-to-day operations of an educational art gallery, including opening night functions and gallery monitoring.
- Knows how to install and dismantle a variety of exhibitions and using professional techniques.
- Develops practical knowledge on preparations for exhibitions including: how to handle and light artwork, create didactics, generating and distributing publicity, working with artists and creating corresponding programming.
- Can creatively address and develop strategies for exhibiting a variety of artworks.
- Understands the missions of a variety of exhibition spaces and can apply it towards entry level positions at other exhibition facilities, create groundwork for additional coursework in Museum Studies, and/or prepare students to mount exhibitions of their own in a professional manner.
The majority of the time spent together will be devoted to the activity of handling artwork in preparation of public exhibitions. Work sessions will be supplemented by reading assignments, field trips, group discussion, and various writing projects requiring reflection on the theory and practice of art exhibition and gallery management.
Attendance and Participation:
Attendance and participation are mandatory. Students should expect to devote fifty hours to on-site work and thirty hours to reading and writing during the internship. Installation hours may vary, but the majority of the hours will occur on Saturdays. Interns should plan on assisting with at least one reception. Receptions are scheduled for 5:00-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Interns will conduct reading and writing assignments on their own time.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
This internship will be offered S/N only. Students will be evaluated on day-to-day interactions with the instructor and exhibiting artists, the success of the installation and dismantling of the exhibitions, participation of one corresponding event and the review of written assignments.
40% contributions to installations and strikes
10% contribution to reception
10% journal entries
N not satisfactory
Excerpts from Good Show: a Practical Guide for Temporary Exhibitions will be provided by the instructor throughout the semester. The book is now out of print and unavailable. Related articles will be distributed as well.
In addition to journaling, every Intern will write a reflective essay comparing the exhibition practices of an art museum, an educational gallery, a commercial gallery and an alternative gallery. Assignment sheets, including expectations and deadlines, will be distributed at the beginning of the semester.
Independent Field Trips:
Four field trips to local sites will be conducted this semester. It is the responsibility of the student to provide their own transportation. Details regarding this assignment will follow shortly.
Contact the Center for Accessibility Resources (CAR) should you require special accommodations. Reasonable accommodations will be made for diagnosed disabilities. 651-793-1549 or email@example.com
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Center for Academic Excellence:
Should you need assistance with your writing projects, consult with the Writing Center through the Center for Academic Excellence. The Center provides innumerable services to help you improve your writing skills. You can schedule a 50-minute face-to-face appointment by calling 651-793-1460 or by emailing the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late Arrival of Instructor:
Should I fail to be at class on time, you can assume this is due to circumstances beyond my control. After twenty minutes of waiting, you are free to depart and consider class canceled.
Cancellation of Classes/Work Sessions:
In the event of a university closure or a delay in opening, the information will be posted on Metropolitan’s website. You can also tune in to WCCO-AM 830 for announcements.
Correspondence: The best way to reach me is via e-mail. I check it at least once a day, M-F. It is university policy that instructors correspond with students through their university issued e-mail account.
Please, no electronic media during working sessions unless stated otherwise.
Calendar will be given out on the first class meeting
Mixed Media: The Faculty Show
class meeting and installation begins: Sat. Sept. 15, 9 am
class meeting Sunday Sept 16, tba
reception: Th. Sept. 20, 6 – 8 pm
show dates: Sept. 25 – Oct. 25, 2018 (5 weeks)
class meeting and strike/pick up: Sat. Oct. 27, 9-11 am
Under my Skin
(mixed media paintings by disabled Vietnamese immigrant artist Nghia Quach)
class meeting and installation begins: Sat. Oct. 27, 10:00 am
class meeting Sunday, Oct. 28, tba
reception: Th. Nov. 1, 6 - 8 pm (gallery talk 7:30 – 8 pm)
show dates: Nov. 6 – Dec. 6, 2018 (5 weeks)
class meeting, class journal due, essay due and strike/pick up: Sat. Dec. 8, 9 –11 am