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.