Museum Experience Paints Future Career Path

March 03 2017
Category: Academics

This week’s #SoaringToSuccess story heads to the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, New York with intern Campbell Grade '17. This internship experience continues today and fuels this art and sociology and anthropology double major to pursue a career in the museum and art industry.

Let’s learn more from Campbell…

Student Campbell Grade at her internship  Student Campbell Grade at her internship  Student Campbell Grade at her internship

I have been interning at the Arnot Art Museum for a little over a year now. The small museum environment is not only informative, but also fun. With only a few co-workers, you easily find yourself among friends.

My double major should be an explanation enough as to why I love museums. This opportunity has confirmed my desire to pursue a career in a museum and given me direction as to the different responsibilities and positions within the operation of the museum. My time at the Arnot Art Museum has also built upon knowledge about handling and installing artwork that I had learned previously through my work at the George Waters Gallery on campus.

Going to work and being surrounded by paintings and working with the art is the dream job. I mean, I handled a Thomas Cole painting (while wearing gloves, of course!). I have been exposed to so much art and history as I see exhibitions roll over and watch the decision making process of creating a new show.

Because the Arnot Art Museum hosts the Scholastic Art Awards, I have met up-and-coming student artists for two years in a row and seen their impressive work as part of my job. In the same vein, I have been able to meet local artists and learn about their processes and inspiration.

Interning at the Museum has exposed me to the local art scene. The experience I have gained there is invaluable as I pursue a career in the art world as well as having inspired my own art as I continue to develop my work.