Art Portfolio Intern - Summer 2020
About the MacArthur Foundation Art Collection:
The Foundation began collecting art in 1990 with the goal of providing cultural and educational benefits to Foundation staff and guests through the display of contemporary art that speaks to the Foundation’s values and program areas. Creativity, the generation of new ideas, sustainability, and democracy are themes that run throughout the collection. In building its collection, the Foundation focused on works by emerging artists, many from Chicago. Art from diverse cultures and works by artists with non-traditional artistic training are also represented in the collection.
General Summary of Internship:
Research and write explanatory texts for selected works, to be posted on Foundation’s intranet
Assist in shaping a digital collection of artworks
Organize at least one mini-exhibition of works from the collection to be installed within a public area(s) of our office and/or made available virtually
Other projects may include planning and participating in museum or gallery visits and other educational opportunities for staff, organizing artist files, assisting with the installation of art, and investigating options for deaccessioning work.
Qualifications & Requirements Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in the visual arts, art history, museum studies, or collections management, and will have experience or interest in studying the impact of the visual arts on society. Graduate students and undergraduate juniors and seniors are welcome to apply.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. As a requirement, students “must be returning back to school” to be eligible
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.
MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.