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Welcome 2019 Katzenberger Art History Cohort!

Posted on Jun 6, 2019 by in The OFI Blog |

On behalf of the entire Smithsonian Institution, OFI would like to welcome members of the 2019 Katzenberger Art History Internship cohort! This year the group includes the following impressive individuals:

Emma Burns is interning at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, interning with Diana N’Diaye on the project “Benin: Life, Creativity, Power.” Emma is entering her senior year at Georgetown University, where she is majoring in Art History and Journalism. Emma was born and raised in Atlanta, but is currently drinking in the cultural exposure that comes with living and studying in Washington, D.C. She is particularly interested in cultural storytelling through food, sound, and art. Emma is an avid cook, and in her free time you can find her exploring D.C.’s best happy hours, perusing thrift stores, or listening to podcasts (NYTimes’ Popcast is her favorite right now).

Emma Burns

Alexis Carr is interning at the National Portrait Gallery, interning with Robyn Asleson on the project “Recovering 19th Century African American History, Biography, and Portraiture” Alexis Carr is a student at Missouri Western State University (MWSU) where she is pursuing a BFA in studio art (painting emphasis), and a minor in art history. While attending MWSU, Alexis has pursed internship opportunities at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art and has participated in a faculty-student research project, A Missouri “Masterpiece”: Considering the Precious Moments Chapel as a New Sistine Chapel. Her passion for art history extends beyond the classroom as she has also established the MWSU’s first art history club. Alexis’s interest of study includes visual culture and exploring the relationship between identity and performance.

Alexis Carr

Kevin Cervantes is interning at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, interning with Ashley Meadows and Tiffany McGettigan on the project “What Am I To Look At? Designing New Tools for Contemporary Art Interpretation. Kevin Cervantes is a rising junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York pursuing a Sociology major, and minors in Art History and American Studies. Born in Huntington Park and raised in distinct Los Angeles County cities, Kevin has a passion for expanding public spaces and creating an equitable Los Angeles. Kevin is interested in curating inclusive art shows and designing curriculum to attract communities of color. In practicing inclusivity and community engagement, Kevin has launched “2222”, a strategic initiative plan with the goal to reaffirm Davis Gallery as a community based partner through public programming and institutional access, development of inclusive K-12 curriculum based on Davis Gallery collection, and critical reconfiguration of power structure to transform gallery into an equitable building institution. Most recently, before being selected as a Katzenberger Foundation Art History Intern, Kevin was an Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy Fellow at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and dual Getty Marrow/Multicultural Undergraduate Intern at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics where he was a Research and Archive intern and the Getty Center. Kevin is currently working on developing his honors project, “From White Cube to Public Square: Shifting of Museum’s Structures, Functions and Composition, towards Community-based Spaces”, to understand explore how museum institutions in the United States are transforming. Transforming their structures from hierarchical to horizontal, to distribute power and access. Transforming their functions, from curating and exhibiting art, to providing peoples the ability to partake in active citizenship, through public programming and events. Transforming their staff compositions, to gain staff with new perspectives and contrasting backgrounds, to steer departments and the overall museum structure and social relationship in a new direction. In Spring of 2020, Kevin will be completing his Julius G. Blocker ’53 Fellowship to study abroad in Berlin, Germany and complete another research project, “Typing the Past Away, in the Name of Modernity: Ethnographic Study of Contemporary Typography in Germany“, to analyze different typefaces utilized by “governmental” signs; street signage, public campaign posters and city way finding to understand how the City of Berlin uses specific typography to move past WWII.

Kevin Cervantes

Cate Johnson is interning at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, interning with Betty Belanus on the project “American Ginseng in Art” She is a native of the California Bay Area and this May Cate will graduate from the University of California Berkeley with a BA in art history. Her interests in this field are wide ranging, from theory to museum studies. At Berkeley Cate focused on the ancient world and the early modern period, European and global, but the overarching trajectory of her studies has mainly examined moments of intersection between art history and other disciplines- practical art, history, science, literature, and anthropology. Over the past two years Cate has worked in collections management at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, helping to move, preserve, and document their North American Collection. When not working on my honor’s thesis, “Light, Space, and the Role of Color in Vermeer.” Cate enjoys cooking, hiking, and reading far too many novels.

Cate Johnson

Katharine Murray is interning at the National Postal Museum, interning with Ryan Taylor and Maggie Sigle on the project “Stamps as Art” Katharine is a senior at the University of Montevallo with a major in studio art and a minor in Art History. She has presented research on the aesthetics of manhole covers at the University of Alabama’s Art History Research Symposium (2019) and is currently a McNair scholar conducting research on the poet John Keats and paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites. Katharine has recently had her sculptures exhibited at the Gadsden Museum of Art as well as the University of Montevallo’s annual juried art show. When she’s not reading about contemporary art or in the sculpture studio, Katharine enjoys writing poetry and making jewelry from pressed flowers and resin.

Katharine Murray

Claire Rasmussen is interning at the National Air and Space Museum, interning with Carolyn Russo on the project, “Research for National Air and Space Museum’s Art Collection” Originally from Athens, Georgia, Claire graduated from Oberlin College in May of 2019 with a degree in Art History and a minor in Psychology. She completed her honors thesis on globalism in the Medieval Mediterranean World. While at Oberlin, she worked as a curatorial research assistant at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. She has also researched American art at the Georgia Museum of Art, where she discovered her love for American modern art. She enjoys all things art, cooking, and movie related.

Claire Rasmussen