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Interview with the Interns: Meet this Season's Curatorial Interns

As the first career-based, college preparatory high school internship program of its kind, Trinity High School’s Pre-Professional Internship Program places students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in professional settings one full day each week throughout the school year.  Students provide valuable assistance to their corporate mentors at over seventy Cleveland area facilities, including the Cleveland Clinic, as they build a resume of experiences for college and beyond.  The program prepares students for college as it assists them in focusing their career goals and also encourages graduates to begin careers after college in the Northeast Ohio area as it showcases the wide range of available career opportunities. This season, three students from Trinity High School are interning in the curatorial department at the Cleveland Museum of Art, each focusing on a different project. We sat down to talk to them on their individual interests and experiences related to their internships so far!


Matthew, 17 years old, Trinity High School Senior

What do you like about the most about the internship so far?

My favorite thing about my internship is the ability to work for such a highly well known museum, and the ability to come here every Tuesday and look at all the art. 

What is the most interesting thing you've learned or experienced during your internship at the Cleveland Museum of Art?

The most interesting thing that I learned so far working at the CMA is how many different ways a piece of art can be interpreted and mean something different to everybody. 

Tell us about the topic of your exhibition project and why you chose it.

For my exhibition project I am showing off the different art styles and landscapes that American artists have made. I chose this topic because I wanted to gain further insight on American artists and the reasons they painted what they did. 

What do you hope to gain from this internship to help with your future career?

When I grow up I hope to teach either history or gain an ESL so I can teach English in other countries, and by working at the CMA I have learned and gained knowledge and respect for other cultures. This will help me appreciate other culture’s in my travels much more than it would have been before. 

 

Rachel, 16 years old, Trinity High School Junior

What do you like about the most about the internship so far?

I love working with new people each week and experiencing every individual role in keeping the museum running.

What is the most interesting thing you've learned or experienced during your internship at the Cleveland Museum of Art?

The most interesting thing I have experienced thus far is my exhibition project.  This allows me to be creative and express my personal point of view on art.  It shows us what it really takes to get your exhibit to show.

Tell us about the topic of your exhibition project and why you chose it.

The theme of my exhibition is texture.  I focus my exhibit on implied texture vs. actual texture.  Most pieces will be contemporary, but there would also be some from expressionism as contemporary is mostly actual texture and expressionism is mostly implied texture.  Each piece will reflect upon how texture is used to fulfill its desired effect.  My goal of this exhibition will be to show the audience how texture as a whole is diverse and can be used in all forms of art; either realism or non-realism.   

What do you hope to gain from this internship to help with your future career?

I have always been really interested in art and the different forms of art.  I want to gain more insight and inspiration from different pieces of art for the career path I am interested in.  My main career goal right now is to become a special effects makeup artist.  That is a whole art form in itself and is unique in the fact that you won’t find many people jumping for this career.  There aren’t even any colleges in Ohio that teach this subject. Being different is everything  I’m about and I do not plan on wasting my opportunity.

Katharine, 17 years old, Trinity High School Junior

What do you like about the most about the internship so far?

I love coming to the Cleveland Museum of Art every Tuesday. I am very grateful for the real world work experience.  All of the staff are very friendly and have taught me lots about the inner workings of the museum. I feel a greater appreciation for the art it contains now that I know all the work involved in maintaining the Cleveland Museum of Art.  

What is the most interesting thing you've learned or experienced during your internship at the Cleveland Museum of Art?

My favorite experience would probably be the simplest; I love the freedom to explore all the galleries. Working at the Cleveland Museum of Art gives me the opportunity and time to look at so many beautiful pieces. Every time I walk through the galleries, I find something new and exciting to stop and admire. 

Tell us about the topic of your exhibition project and why you chose it.

My project is about realistic motion captured in still art. The pieces I selected capture motion caused by natural occurrences (i.e. wind) and motion caused by people (i.e. a large crowd of people). I chose this topic because it always fascinated me how accurately artists can compose a moment so vivid it almost seems like the viewer is there. 

What do you hope to gain from this internship to help with your future career?

The work experience I have gained is invaluable. I feel more prepared for my professional career because of my internship. I do not know what career I want to pursue, but since my time at the Cleveland Museum of Art I am considering a major in art history. Whatever career I choose, I know my time at this internship has taught me the basics of working in a professional setting.

Stay tuned for more from this season's curatorial interns from Trinity High School!

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