The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College has received an award from the International Fine Print Dealers Association Foundation for a curatorial internship during the summer of 2015. Recognizing the importance of early career exposure to prints, the IFPDA Foundation aims to empower print curators to cultivate the next generation of scholars, curators, dealers, and specialists in the field of fine prints. Only six awards were given this year.
“We are thrilled to be selected. This internship will provide a valuable, much-needed opportunity for one-on-one training in the standards and practices of print curating,” says Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Center. “We very much appreciate the opportunity to provide an aspiring curator-in-training with direct experience with our robust collection.”
The Art Center is revered for its deep holdings of German and Dutch Old Master prints given by the family of New York banker and art collector Felix M. Warburg in 1941. Now numbering almost 6,000 works from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries, the print collection actually began with Matthew Vassar’s gift to the college in 1864 of original engravings and etchings, reproductive prints, and contemporary prints after drawings documenting ancient ruins and historical architecture. Today the collection is wide-ranging with modern printmaking and Pop Art prints of the 1960s and early 1970s among its other many strengths.
The curatorial intern will input data into collection records in the Art Center's collections management database system, gain valuable hands-on experience, learn standards for handling and cataloguing Old Master prints, and explore the role of the print collector. The intern would also be introduced to the Art Center staff and their respective responsibilities and invited to events and programs at the Art Center and campus-wide.
This internship is open to advanced art history undergraduates (juniors and seniors) at an accredited educational institution. A demonstrated interest in the history of printmaking is preferred. This full-time (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm) curatorial internship would take place within the months of June and July for 5 weeks (dates are flexible). The IFPDA intern receives a stipend of $2,500.
Send applications by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a cover letter, resumé, writing sample, description of art history classes taken, and relevant background and reasons for desiring this specialized internship. The application deadline is April 29, 2015. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted to arrange an appointment or telephone interview. The selected candidate will receive an email notice by May 6, 2014.
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 19,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.