Sunday, August 18, 2013

Week 11

 Week of August 5th

         This week concludes my summer in art spent with the Lancaster Museum of Art. On paper, this internship was three months of categorization, organization, and, preservation of the museum’s permanent collection of art. However, in reality it meant so much more.
          This summer I discovered that my dream of pursuing a career in the arts has the potential to become a reality. I have gained knowledge and experiences that will serve as tools for my journey into the art career field. At times, I admit, it was frustrating and challenging to adapt my research into systems of operation customized for the Lancaster Museum of Art. Nevertheless, I am fully confident with the work I completed for the museum and am eager to utilize my newly developed skills in the near future.
         This last week was perhaps the easiest of the summer. Since I had completed a great majority of my internship responsibilities the previous weeks, I spent my time cleaning and organizing the remainder of material. I double checked that each of the artist’s folders were completely updated and filed odds and ends of information I had gathered throughout the summer. I also ensured that all the documents of research, reviews, spreadsheets, and objective outlines I created this summer were edited, updated, and shared on the museum’s server to allow access for all museum employees. Finally, I did one last sweep of my tiny office, wrote thank you notes to each of the museum employees, and bided farewell to the artwork of the permanent collection. Reflecting on my departure, leaving the artwork I toiled over for eleven weeks was perhaps the most difficult goodbye I’ve had yet this summer.   
         I cannot feel more blessed by my internship experience this summer. The people and the art of the Lancaster Museum of Art were both amazing to work with. It is difficult to describe how much I learned from each. I would like to send a special thank you to Judy Smith (LMA administrator) and Dan Witmer (Board member overseeing the permanent collection). Thank you for the opportunity of this internship and all the knowledge and experienced shared. I would also like to extend a gracious thank you to the BPIP Program of Bucknell University for making it possible to spend my summer immersed in art. This summer internship was an incredible opportunity  that kick started my career in the arts. I will always be thankful.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Week 10

Week of July 29th

         Hello! This week I focused much of my time at the museum tying up loose ends of my Permanent Inventory Project. It was a relatively slow week at the museum, which gave me time to concentrate my attention on the permanent collection.  It’s truly amazing how perfect the timing is for my summer’s projects. Next week is my final week here at the museum. This gives me precisely enough time complete all my objectives for both the Accession project and storage improvements to the permanent collection. Though my days dwindle here at the museum, my love for art continues to grow. I anxiously look forward to the completion of my projects this summer. They are a testament of my passion and commitment to the preservation and propagation of art. 
         Besides working the greeting desk for several hours, a majority of my time this week was spent hunched over a computer screen in my confined office. After I successfully assigned each object in the permanent collection an accession number, I had to update the Masterfile Spreadsheet with this new information. It proved to be a simple yet repetitive task. At moments during this week I truly believed the spreadsheets would never end.
A snapshot of my spreadsheets

         Thankfully they did! I spent the final day and a half this week researching and drafting the best solutions for preserving damage works as well as the museum’s precious storage space. I’ve determined that in order to solve these issues, a permanent de-framing table must be established on the first floor storage room of the museum. This will insure a convenient area to de-frame vulnerable works as soon as they come to the attention of the museum’s employees. This table will also serve as a helpful tool to create space in the museum’s storage for new additions to the collection. Maximizing the museum’s space provides more collection opportunities, thus enriching the artistic possibilities for the museum.  
Evaluating an unframed print
         This weekend I will be attending downtown Lancaster’s First Friday. I am looking forward to an evening of art, culture, and cuisine shared by members of our fellow community. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Week 9

Week of July 15th

Greetings! Though the summer temperature continues to rise, here at the museum we’ve pressed on regardless of the ruthless heat! My tiny office on the third floor of the museum is not the coolest location during these hot summer afternoons. However, I can rest assured the art is safely cooled. Sometimes I think the museum does a better job of air conditioning the artwork then its own employees. Regardless of the temperature, this week was another successful museum experience!

         This week my two primary tasks were to continue the accession process (aka the project that never seems to end) and begin improving the storage for the permanent collection. On Monday morning I met with Maureen Lane. Maureen is the collection manager for Franklin and Marshall College. Between her advice and research of my own I was able to compile a list of storage objectives to finish this summer and future storage goals for the permanent collection.
         Here is a brief outline of the following document

Permanent Collection Storage Improvements

Objectives this summer

         1.   Reorganize and correctly store 3D and mixed media works in the storage office.
--Remove old tape, all adhesive, and bubble wrap that could be damaging to the piece.
--Unbox and display poorly packaged works and organize remaining boxes for easy access
       2.     Denote damaged frame or incorrect matting
-- Record works at risk due to incorrect framing in need of further evaluation
-- Record works with acid damage on matting of the work
 (yellowing of paper surrounding the piece)

       3.      Begin moving smaller works into gift shop storage room
--  Smaller works should be closely hung on gates in gift shop storage to maximize space and organization in 3rd floor storage office

         4.       Seek donation/purchase of muslin fabric, glassine sheets, and a few archive boxes
--  The muslin fabric would wrap and protect un-framed or un-glassed canvases from dust, scrapes, and chipping.
-- The glassine sheets would protect works on paper without frame when stored in the flat files located in the old gift shop storage room
-- The archive box would safely store a valuable and fragile 3D work or painting on canvas. It would help control safe light exposure, dust, and, temperature.

 Future Storage Goals

          1.     Photograph each piece in the permanent collection (240 total pieces)
-- A complete and accurate photo collection of all the permanent pieces would be useful when advertising for an upcoming show, photo features on the website, education of museum employees, and evidence for the insurance company in case of emergency.
         2.  Un-frame certain works to reserve space for collection and preserve the art
--Un-frame works with plexi glass over charcoal because the magnetic pull fades the picture
-- Un-frame paintings or drawings on paper to reserve space in the storage slots. These works can safely be stored between glassine in the flat files.
--Set up long term framing station for transitions in permanent collection

         3. Discuss adding more wooden storage slots to permanent collection storage office.
--This would provide more room for the large works on canvas with heavy frames.
--   Prevent scrapes and damages to exterior of these works.

**A big thank you to Maureen Lane for her advice on storage improvements for the Lancaster Museum of Art’s permanent collection. **

I am feeling extremely optimistic about my objectives for storage improvements. They are a much-needed change for the safety of LMA’s permanent collection. They will also maximize existing storage space to allow for further additions to the collection. With the help of the museum’s other summer intern, Hayley Barton, I was able to begin my storage objectives. First on the list was to reorganize and correctly store the 3D and mixed media pieces in the museum’s collection. Hayley helped me move and unwrap the heavy works of this section of the collection. Unwrapping and displaying these pieces in storage is a temporary measure. It is my hope that the museum will invest in archive boxes for many of the 3D pieces. Archive boxes are best way to ensure the safely and maintain the value of a piece of art.
Storage improvements for 3D works 

The remaining weeks of this internship I plan to move a majority of the small works in the collection to hanging storage on the first floor (Old gift shop storage room). This will maximize the space in the storage slots in my office. Ideally only one large piece would be stored in each slot. Currently there are typically two or three smaller works stored with a larger piece in each slot. I hope to fix this problem.

         On Wednesday I said a heartfelt goodbye to my new friend Halyey. We worked together on events for the museum such as Community Day and the Featured Lecture with Robert Andriulli. She is headed back home to Maine for a few weeks before beginning her sophomore year at the College of Charleston. I will miss her around the office!!
Hayley and me!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Upcoming Museum Event: Featured Lecture

Robert Andriulli: Sources and Strategies 

        Sunday July 14th
        4 pm in a gallery of the LMA

           LMA Members: Free!!
           Non-members: $5
           Student non-members: $1

Join the Lancaster Museum of Art for a Gallery Talk with Robert Andriulli! Robert is a Professor of Drawing, Painting and Watercolor at Millersville University. He is also the artist of 4 works in the museum's permanent collection. Andriulli will speak about the source of his inspiration and strategies of creativity. He will bridge these concepts to the current exhibition at LMA, identifying similar sources and strategies within the work of other Lancaster County artists.