2013-14 Wells-Bishop Internship
Application must be received by Friday, April 5, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. Letters of reference are due by time of interview.
Must be a Rising Junior or Senior with at least a 3.2 GPA
Open to all majors, but in the ’13-’14 year, the LCVA is particularly interested in students with an interest in art education (including photography) as well as collections management
Must register for 6 credit internship hours in 2013-14 academic year
(3 each semester Fall 2013 and Spring 2014)
$1000 ($500 per semester)
The Wells-Bishop LCVA Internship was established in 2004 by the Longwood University Foundation, Inc. by virtue of gifts in memory of Barbara L. Bishop (Class of 1960, Art Department Faculty, Art Department Chair) and in honor of Dr. Carolyn Wells (Professor Emeritus of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences) by family, friends, and Longwood University alumni. The internship program recognizes the significant role that Prof. Bishop and Dr. Wells played in the establishment of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA).
The purpose of the Wells-Bishop Internship is to attract outstanding interns to the LCVA. The award shall go to one individual each year who is a rising junior or a rising senior at the time the award is made, who has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and who demonstrates an interest in the operations and programs of LCVA. Interested students regardless of major can apply for the internship. In the past, LCVA interns have come from a variety of disciplines including Marketing, Communications Studies, Art, Art History, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. Projects have focused on collections research, education program planning and implementation, exhibition interpretation, exhibition planning and preparation, membership and marketing, public relations, and events coordination.
Send a letter of interest, resume, cumulative GPA, and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Emily Grabiec, Curator of Education
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
129 North Main Street
Farmville, VA 23901
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of the LCVA director, a LCVA staff member, and Dr. Carolyn Wells. The chosen intern will agree to fill the position for a complete academic year, and will register for 3 hours credit each semester.
Call 395-2207 or email Emily Grabiec, Curator of Eduation
2005-06 marked the first year of the Bishop-Wells Internship program. In the summer of 2005 anthropology major Terry Johnson (Roanoke, VA) and history major Stephanie Martin (Virginia Beach, VA) were selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants to participate in a year-long internship at the LCVA.
Intern Terry Johnson
Terry Johnson worked tirelessly in the LCVA’s collections management area. She was instrumental in the continuing organization of the collections storage area as well as the updating of the collection database and hard copy files. Perhaps most significant were her contributions to the success of two major projects: the Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art exhibition and the restoration of Longwood’s beloved Joan of Arc (Joanie on the Pony) by Anna Hyatt Huntington.
Working at the LCVA was a wonderful experience. Janet [Janet Lundy, Collections Manager] always provided an outline of what I could expect to be doing for the week and what upcoming projects I would be involved in. I learned not only how the collections department works, but also about the interactions of the different departments within the museum. I got to work with several of these departments to help prepare the Chinese exhibit for its opening. As I learned more about how the Visual Arts Center operated, I was given more responsibilities and less supervision in my tasks. I was taught how to handle and label artwork and use the computer filing system, and even learned some basic art conservation with Sharon [Sharon Koehler, Certified Objects Conservator]. My internship allowed me a wide range of experiences within the LCVA. Everyone I worked with was friendly and very willing to help me if I had any questions about my tasks. The experiences I gained while working at the LCVA were enjoyable and useful.
Intern Stephanie Martin
Stephanie Martin was also a tremendous boon to LCVA operations. Her hard work, intelligence, and personable demeanor made her an outstanding ambassador. Her work was a key component in the success of the LCVA’s new program Have Art, Will Travel. The program reached 38 classes and more than 800 second grade children and their teachers. Additionally, without Stephanie the LCVA would not have been able to deliver tours to the more than 2000 children who came to view the Chinese exhibition.
My experience as an intern at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts taught me so much about the running of a museum and historical education. I had the chance not only to help organize and run an outreach program but to go to local county schools and teach 2nd graders. I learned so much about Chinese art as well as working with young students. I also had the opportunity to help with the Kids’ Activity Room and give tours of the Chinese exhibition to Prince Edward Elementary School. I not only feel that this opportunity furthered my experience in working in a museum, but it has also made me excited about obtaining a job in historical outreach.
The Bishop-Wells Internship was established by virtue of gifts in memory of Barbara L. Bishop (Class of 1961, Art Department Faculty, Art Department Chair) and in honor of Dr. Carolyn Wells (Professor Emeritus of Biology; Chair, Department of Natural Sciences; and Vice President for Academic Affairs) by family, friends, and Longwood University alumni. The internship program recognizes the significant role that Bishop and Wells played in the establishment of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts.