The Office of Academic Programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking a part-time (10-12 hours/week) Oberlin College student assistant for the fall 2014 semester (with the possibility of continuing into the spring semester) to help with College and Conservatory classes using the museum’s collection. The duties of the student assistants will include:
- pulling out, setting up, and putting away works of art from museum storage
- monitoring classes and ensuring the safety of the art during class visits
- conducting research on objects in the collection, art movements, periods, and artists
- research in preparation for future exhibitions and related events
- a variety of administrative tasks
Applicants must be very detail-oriented, highly responsible, capable of working independently, in possession of strong research and communication skills, as well as able to lift archival boxes and handle works with great care. Computer proficiency is needed, particularly Word and Excel. Applicants must have taken at least four art history classes. Please note that studio art or architectural history courses cannot be substituted for the required four art history classes. In conjunction with the AMAM’s yearlong exhibition theme “The Americas,” greater consideration will be given to students with interdisciplinary background including but not limited to Africana Studies, Comparative American Studies, Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, History, Jazz Studies, Latin American Studies, Musicology, and Politics.
Please submit the following documents in a single file via email to Curator of Academic Programs Dr. Liliana Milkova (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014.
- One-page resume with GPA and a list of references (Oberlin faculty preferred)
- One-page cover letter with a brief summary of interest and abilities (please note that the letter will serve as your writing sample)
- Unofficial transcript
INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD DURING THE WEEK OF MAY 12, 2014. WE WILL CONTACT ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW.
ALL CANDIDATES MUST BE CURRENT OBERLIN COLLEGE STUDENTS IN FALL 2014.
Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) is one of the finest college or university collections in the United States. Comprising more than 14,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art, the AMAM’s collection is a vital cultural resource for the students, faculty, and staff of Oberlin College as well as the surrounding community. Notable strengths include seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art, nineteenth and early twentieth-century European and contemporary American art, and Asian, European, and American works on paper. The collection is housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert and named after its founder, Dr. Dudley Peter Allen (B.A. 1875), a distinguished graduate and trustee of Oberlin College. In 1977, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates designed an addition that represents one of the earliest and finest examples of postmodern architecture in the United States.Apr292014
A part-time (15-20 hours/week) Oberlin College student is needed for the summer 2014 term to aid the Curator of European and American Art in collections research and in preparations for upcoming exhibitions. The student will assist with the installation of the upcoming exhibition “Art and Life in Early America: The First Hundred Years, 1776-1876,” as well as contribute to research on the AMAM’s collection. The applicant must have taken at least 4 courses in art history or another relevant field, and have excellent research and writing skills. Preference will be given to students interested in art prior to 1900 and to those who have knowledge of French, Italian, or German.
Please submit a one-page resume with GPA and the names of three references (Oberlin faculty preferred), a one-page cover letter with a brief summary of interest and abilities, and an unofficial transcript to Andaleeb Banta, email@example.com, Curator of European and American Art, by Friday, April 25, 2013. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contactedApr172014
ARTS 220 Conservation of the AMAM King Sculpture Court
Fridays, 2:30-4:20pm (Art 172/ Seminar Room)First Module, Half Course
Heather Galloway - Course Limit: 12, Consent of Instructor Required
Taught in conjunction with the cleaning of the Allen Memorial Art Museum King Sculpture Court, this class will look at conservation decision-making as it relates to the decorative painted surfaces. The class will introduce students to the interdisciplinary nature of conservation by emphasizing the ways that conservators draw on science, art, and art history in their work. We will examine a number of factors that determine protocols for the cleaning and retouching of the Allen’s decorative cycle. These include scientific analysis, cleaning tests, the aging characteristics of paints and varnishes, and archival research. We will take the opportunity to observe the conservation work as it unfolds.
Intended to be open to students from all disciplines, the course has no prerequisites. As the class size will be kept small to accommodate teaching in the museum consent is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your year, major and your interest in the class.
(picture from the Allen’s official blog)Apr102014
To be shown in Fisher Gallery this commencement 2014 alongside artworks from the Allen’s Art Rental Program!A group of Exhibition Initiative members are working to put on an art show that is centered around the theme of two dimensional artworks. The incentive for this show is specific to Oberlin, an environment where many recent student shows have overlooked more traditional mediums, reaching out to artists who make work within the realm of two dimensions - such as drawing, painting, and collage. Several ExI members are working on this show, eager to remind the audience of the great value of traditional mediums: that paintings on a wall can still inspire its viewers - even if its been done a million times before. Additionally, the group is working with the Allen to incorporate other two-dimensional works from the museum’s Art Rental Program to create themes with which the student work that is submitted can react to and interact with.The show will feature three over-arching themes identified by works from the Allen. Please submit works inspired by / in response to / in dialogue with the following works from the Allen’s Art Rental Program under one of the following themes:-Approaches to portraiture / Alice Neel, Olivia ; Rev. Albert Wagner, Remember It’s Just Maybe-Approaches to abstract work / Frank Stella, Lithograph; Forbes Whiteside, Untitled-Approaches to process-based work / Claes Oldenburg, Plate XII; Barbara Strasen, A Day in the Desert, #23Apr102014
Q: This is a little silly asking this through tumblr but I am doing research for an art history class about the correspondences between Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse. Do you have any suggestions about where to search for primary documents (scans of their postcards/letters/conversations)?-asked by jketcher
Not silly at all! Although the best way to get a question like this answered by our reference staff is to submit it through our Ask Us page, we gladly accept questions in any format.
In our collections your best bet would be the microfilm of the Eva Hesse papers, which contains 524 letters and postcards. To consult these you would talk to one of the librarians at your school and they can arrange for us to send a copy of the microfilm through interlibrary loan, or, if you are near DC or NY you can come to our offices to consult the microfilm. You may also want to check out our oral history interview with Sol Lewitt from 1974 (the transcript is online), although he only mentions Hesse briefly.
Beyond our collections, you will definitely want to check out the Eva Hesse Archives at Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Museum of Art - they have digitized what looks like a substantial portion of the archives and it does appear to include correspondence from Lewitt.
Digital Projects Librarian and Tumblarian, Archives of American Art
Social media is amazing, people are lovely, and I’m geeking out a little bit.
Always happy to support the cause of geeking out over art history!
Especially if it involves Oberlin! ;)Apr082014
The Curator of Education at the Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking two (2) student interns who will work from June 1 – August 29 to help with Education Department programs. Major duties will include: assisting with the seventh annual Oberlin Chalk Walk event and related public workshops; helping plan and run two week-long summer camps for teens and elementary school children (one in June, one in August); working on the creation of new gallery labels, and other interpretive matierals for the museum’s fall exhibitions and permanent collection; providing tours of the galleries to school-age and public groups; training and docenting at the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed house for Sunday Open House days; creating and adding to museum’s online and social media content; archival and research work, and administrative duties. Duties will be worked on collaboratively with both interns, as needed, but specific projects will be divided up between the two positions.
The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of Art History and/or have taken the Practicum in Museum Education course. Applicants must be detail-oriented, capable of working both collaboratively and independently, possess strong research skills, and be comfortable speaking to and working with learners of all ages. Basic computer proficiency is needed. Background working with kids a plus.
Both positions will be paid at a rate of $8.50/hour, and should expect to work between 20-25 hours per week.
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant abilities (please note that the cover letter will serve as your writing sample), a copy of your current resume to Jason Trimmer, Curator of Education, at email@example.com. Applications can also be dropped off at the front Visitor Services desk of the museum.
Applications must be received by Friday, April 18, no later than 5pm. Candidate interviews will take place at the end of April.Apr082014
Open To: All Oberlin College Seniors
Date of Presentation: Tuesday, May 13 at 2:30pm
At the Allen Memorial Art Museum
The Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking submissions from Oberlin College seniors for a lecture to be presented during the last Tuesday Tea of the spring 2014 semester, May 13, at 2:30 pm. Since 2008, the AMAM has provided this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of a graduating Oberlin student.
Tuesday Teas are a popular adult lecture series that occurs each month during the academic year. Past speakers have included AMAM staff, Oberlin College professors, outside scholars, and other art professionals. Talks generally last about 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer period, and are followed by light refreshments.
Papers should focus on either a single work or small group of works in the museum’s collection, preferably on view in the galleries. A one-page abstract should be submitted (in person or via email), along with a resume and letter of interest, to me by Monday, April 7, no later than 5:00pm.
An Art History or Studio major is not required, but the student’s academic background
and familiarity with his or her subject will be taken into consideration.
Abstracts will be read by AMAM curatorial staff and the selection announced by
the end of the day Monday, April 14, 2014.Mar142014
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