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Welcome 2018 Katzenberger Art History Internship Cohort

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

SI’s Katzenberger Art History Internship Program is proud to welcome the 2018 Intern Cohort!

Back Row L-R: Nicolas Quesada, Luke Tokman, Ceclila Ratke, Brianne Chapelle. Front Row L-R: Lindsay Flax, Sarah Cho

The Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program supports six internships annually for undergraduates in research and collections projects at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. This competitive program is generously funded by the Katzenberger Foundation and administered by SI’s Office of Fellowships and Internships. Interns are selected for specific projects at various SI museums and centers for an intensive 10-week experience in art history, research, and/or museum education.

This year’s cohort, in alphabetical order, include:

Brianne Chapelle: Originally from the Boston, MA area, Brianne Chapelle is a recent graduate of McGill University in Montréal, Canada, graduating with an Honours degree in Art History with specialization in Modern and Contemporary art and with a minor concentration in Communication Studies. At McGill, she worked as a research assistant in the university theatre’s costume shop, managing their costume collection and serving as a research assistant for course materials in historical fashion and for digital humanities projects related to textile and fashion such as the Textile Resource Center and the Virtual Textile Project. Brianne was also an intern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in summer 2017 in the Art of Europe department, and at Boston Ballet in summer 2016 in Web, Archive, and Digital Asset Management during the launch of their new website. Brianne will be interning with Dr. Diana Baird N’Diaye at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) on The Crafts of African Fashion.

Sarah Cho: Sarah Cho is a 2018 graduate of the Art & Archaeology department at Princeton University, where she also completed a certificate in the European Cultural Studies program. She wrote her senior thesis on Gwen John’s portraits of women from 1900-1914 and how they changed the narrative of depicting women. At school, Sarah is involved in all things art related, running student programs at the Princeton University Art Museum and teaching art lessons to children in Trenton, NJ. Born and raised a New Yorker, Sarah’s earliest memories include drawing in front of paintings from the Met. In her spare time, she frequents pizza joints and ice cream shops and is an avid member of Dogspotting and Dogspotting Society (she likes dogs). Sarah will be interning with Judith Hollomon at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) on the Museum Education Department Research Project. 

Lindsey Flax: Lindsey Flax is a May 2018 graduate from Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida. Beacon College is the first accredited institution of higher learning to award bachelor’s degrees exclusively to students with dyslexia, ADHD, or other specific learning disabilities. Lindsey’s degree is in Psychology with a minor in Studio Arts, with an emphasis on diverse learning strategies and art integration based education practices. What Lindsey loves about the arts is that they can be used as a tool that has the ability to assist people in unexpected ways. From her studies, she has observed that the power of art is not just a means for exploring one’s self; it is also a way to gain perspective and to present the world differently to others. Lindsey considers herself fortunate to have been taught and mentored in her undergrad by professional artists who also focus on sculpture. Russ Bellamy, Dustin Boise, and Kim Watters have a curriculum that asks about what a sculpture is or what a sculpture can become. Lindsey spent her time in the studio deciphering these questions, which has inspired her to utilize this teaching method for all Smithsonian visitors. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys traveling, learning new things, spending time with family and friends, and always creating new work in her studio practice. Lindsey will be interning with Tiffany McGettigan at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG) on the All Access Public Engagement project.

Nicolas (Nico) Quesada: Nico Quesada is a student at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is pursuing two B.A. degree programs in Archaeology and History of Art and Architecture with an anticipated graduation in May 2019. As part of his studies, he has worked on a project site in Boston’s North End dating to the mid-19th century, researching a collection of glass embossed medicine bottles. He currently works at the BU Dean of Students Office as a Program Assistant and enjoys helping coordinate student events and meeting all sorts of interesting people. When he is not in class or at work Nico unwinds by playing piano and singing, and dabbles a bit in what he has dubbed Post-it art. You can also find him fawning over new Museum of Fine Arts exhibits and attempting to sketch statuary on any given weekend. Nico will be interning with Alessandro Bianchi at Freer|Sackler on the Tracing Ownership: Discovering the Past Lives of Japanese Illustrated Books project.

Cecilia Ratke: Cecilia Ratke is a rising senior at Berry College. She is an art major with a concentration in art history, and is especially interested in ancient art. She is also pursuing minors in mathematics and physics. Cecilia has previously worked as the curator of the Hixson Museum of Flight, located in Rome, GA. She is also a student researcher in the Berry physics department.  Cecilia was born in Regensburg, Germany, but grew up in Hickory, NC. Aside from art, in her spare time she enjoys baking and being in the outdoors. Cecilia will be interning with Lisa Palmer at the National Museum of Natural History on the Fabulous Fish: Illustrations and Images project.

Luke Tokman: Luke Tokman is a May 2018 graduate from James Madison University with a major in Art History, specifically modern and contemporary art. His academic interests include material culture, public and memorial art, popular art, Museum Studies, Queer Studies, and Francophone Studies. He has presented research on queer representation in the work of Aubrey Beardsley at James Madison University’s annual Art History Forum (2017) and at the National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University (2018). Luke has held internships at the Virginia Quilt Museum and the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Arts at James Madison University, where he curated a solo artist show for Sarah Boyds Yoder titled bathymetry. He is currently working on an independent study project with Dr. Maureen Shanahan at James Madison University concerning the memorialization of French colonial subjects who fought for France during World War I. A Virginia native, born in Charlottesville, Luke grew up surrounded by a small but varied range of cultural institutions (as well as the Smithsonian two hours north). He also enjoys linguistics, movies, and the spectacle of music, both live and recorded, envying anyone gifted with talent in this media. Luke will graduate in Spring 2018 with a B.A. in Art History, a concentration in Museum Studies, and a minor in French. Luke will be interning with Dr. Susan Smith at the National Postal Museum (NPM) on the Are Stamps Art? project.