Curatorial Intern - Summer 2019 thru Spring 2020
Start Date: 7/1/2019
Duration of Internship: July 2019 through June 2020
Hours per week: 8 to 10
The Curatorial Intern will function as an integral part of the curatorial team. The intern will beinvolved in the day-to-day activities of gallery operations, preparing for exhibitions, curating our Micro Galleries Program monthly, and attending staff meetings.
The Curatorial Intern will familiarizing themselves with the Galleries’ mission, and past exhibitions and events. Along with that, they will research and visit other contemporary galleries, and participate in the PSU on-campus art community. They will also work closely with our Preparator and Publicity Coordinator, thus integrating nearly all aspects of our facilities. The intern will work with our staff in order to gain the skills necessary to curate an exhibition in March/April 2020 that encompasses the Littman + White mission while at the same time engages the intern’s unique perspective and vision.
Additionally, the intern will complete a self-led project under supervision of a curator. The project will be based on the intern’s own passions and interests, and will offer the intern a chance to learn about aspects of an art gallery that extend beyond the curation of an exhibition. We envision this project as an invaluable learning opportunity in which the intern’s viewpoint can be expressed using available Littman + White resources. Examples of projects the intern may wish to conduct include hosting a one day performance, hosting a panel talk with artists, or organizing a community forum.
Throughout the year, our Curatorial Intern will oversee and curate a monthly “mini-exhibition” in our Micro Galleries, three circular windows outside the entrance to the gallery. These small exhibitions will feature student artwork of the intern’s choice and will preferably compliment the Littman gallery exhibition of the corresponding month. This will give the intern an opportunity to practice curating on a smaller scale, as well as engage with the student artists.
The intern will also be expected to perform the following duties:
Assist Curators in the installation and deinstallation of exhibitions, as needed including grouping and mapping the pieces and developing a narrative flow in the exhibition space.
Hold office hours for at least 5 hours per week while conducting other internship duties.
Meet periodically with a Curator to discuss progress.
Participate in weekly staff meetings.
As a result of participating in this internship, students will:
Cultivate relationships with art professionals; learn how to network within the Portland art community
Gain an understanding of gallery operations by working closely with the Littman + White staff.
Through curation of the Micro Galleries and the March/April show in the White Gallery, learn how an exhibition is developed from start to finish - from scouting artists, to promotion, to install and deinstall.
Develop project management skills while organizing the Self-led project in the second half to the internship.
Create a personal curatorial style through extensive study of contemporary art in Portland and beyond, as well as the history of Littman + White exhibitions.
Cumulative PSU GPA 2.50 or higher for undergraduate students or 3.0 cumulative PSU GPA for graduate students
Earn a 2.5 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA for each term enrolled
Enrollment in and successful completion of a minimum of 6 undergraduate credits or 5 graduate credits per term (except summer)
Educational Leadership & Service Award
This internship position is eligible for an Educational Leadership & Service Award (ELSA) of $400 per term (excluding summer 2019.) There are two primary criteria to receive the scholarship: 1) academic eligibility requirements for the position must be maintained and 2) enrolling in and passing the the Student Activities and Leadership Programs’ Leadership Fellows course that meets four times per term. Further details can be provided upon inquiry.
Please submit your résume, cover letter and exhibition proposal through Littman + White’s OrgSync site. If you are unfamiliar with OrgSync, please visit https://orgsync.com/login/portland-state-university to set up an account. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition proposal gives us an idea of your curatorial vision. Documentation of our past programming can be found at littmanandwhite.com. An effective proposal demonstrates an understanding of contemporary art and includes a curatorial statement. Applicants who do not submit a proposal will not be considered.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: If you require any accommodations to perform your job at Littman + White Galleries, please contact the Human Resources Leave Manager (503-725-9686). For more information regarding reasonable accommodations, please refer to Portland State University’s Reasonable Accommodation/Access Policy (https://www.pdx.edu/ogc/adopted-policies).