Another Year, Another K'zoo

For the second year in a row, I had the distinct privilege of attending the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. According to the Medieval Congress' Twitter feed (@KzooICMS), this unique conference attracted almost 3,000 attendees this year. 

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  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
Globe before repair

This globe is used to simulate an eclipse, but was falling apart. Now the outer layers of the globe have been repaired and the globe can be used for demonstrations leading up to the eclipse this summer.

 

From Eclipses to Science Fairs: An Archival Internship at the Buhl Planetarium

     Climbing the ladder up into the dome of the planetarium, the last thing you would expect to find are boxes of old scripts, scrapbooks, photo albums, and films. But that is exactly what the Buhl Planetarium, now located in the Carnegie Science Center, found. The original Buhl Planetarium was constructed in 1937 and opened to the public in 1939, making it the fifth planetarium to open in the United States.

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  • Academic Interns
  • Undergraduate Work
 

Botanical dioramas, collaborative research, digital space

Aisling and I continue to chip away at our Botany Hall project, and it seems high-time for a status update. Back in January, we held a colloquium in the History of Art and Architecture department to share our progress and experience with three undergraduate museum studies students, Leslie Rose, Eliza Wick, and Bridget Lynch, who worked on our project in the context of their academic internships last fall.

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Undergraduate Work
  • Graduate Work
 

Curatorial Internship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms

            I never anticipated how the Nationality Room’s curatorial internship would evolve. I always had desired to participate in an organization that I could contribute something more than just adding to an email list. I was challenged in this internship, but the experience I gained is invaluable.

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  • Academic Interns
  • Undergraduate Work
Students with Teresa Duff looking out of the window in Kevin Clancy's installation
 

Museum Education at the Mattress Factory

    As a child, I spent my third Sundays of each month at the art gallery participating in educational art activities. Some of my fondest memories were attempting to create oil pastel versions of Emily Carr’s paintings and participating in scavenger hunts that helped me get acquainted with new exhibitions. Little did I know at the time I would eventually be learning how to create similar experiences for others.

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  • Academic Interns
  • Undergraduate Work
 

Semester Wrap-Up of Decomposing Bodies

Hard to believe that this semester is already coming to an end!

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  • Graduate Work
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Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, c. 1610. Oil on canvas. Frick Art & Historical Center

Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, c. 1610. Oil on canvas. Frick Art & Historical Center.

 

Museum Education Internship at the Frick Pittsburgh

During the past 2017 Spring semester, I worked as an intern under the supervision of Amanda Dunyak Gillen, Director of Learning & Visitor Experience, at the Education Department of the Frick Pittsburgh. My main job responsibility was facilitating the museum’s public programs, including program planning, gallery talks, adult and family programs, special events, etc.

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  • Academic Interns
  • Undergraduate Work
 

Semester Wrap-Up

For the past few weeks, I have worked on writing a reflection of my experiences thus far on the medart project. I did this partially as a way to wrap up my experiences this past semester and partially as a means to synthesize my work to make it more useful to the grant report.

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  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

Progress with Itinera

Throughout the past month or two, Victoria and I have been translating the Minutes of the Royal Academy of Architecture and we have been having a great time with it! So far, we have realized that several of the architects went on tours together and while not all went at the same time, there seems to be a lot of overlap between the trips. I would say the most difficult part of this process is translating the text because it is 16th century French and many of the words do not match up.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Maintaining "Sustaining MedArt"

It is early April, so the Sustaining MedArt team is once again preparing for the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The project, originating with an initial usability survey in the autumn of 2014, explores the relationship between perceptions of site usability and sustainability. In particular, we entered this project wondering how user experiences correlate to preservation worthiness. 

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