Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Globe Collection & Press

My name is Richelle Vargas and I am a junior Interactive Arts major as well as an MAT student. During the 2014 spring semester, I interned with the Globe Collection & Press at MICA. The initial driving motivation to apply to the internship was to have it count as my printmaking pre-requisite for the MAT program, and I thought what better way to learn letterpress than to learn it from a historical company. In 2011, MICA bought the Globe Poster Printing Corporation’s Collection, which was established in 1929, after it closed its doors in 2010. Globe represents an important piece of Baltimore’s entertainment history as they printed posters for drag races, burlesque shows, carnivals, go-go acts, and R&B, soul, and jazz performers. The Collection is now housed in the letterpress studio in the Dolphin Building. Globe Collection & Press at MICA aims to preserve the collection and have Globe’s style and name live on.

I discovered the internship opportunity early in the fall semester after seeing the brightly colored and bold type posters displayed around campus. I attended the info session and discovered more reasons I wanted to be a part of Globe, such as learning a tactile form of graphic design and helping in the preservation of a historical company. My direct supervisor was Allison Fisher. As a part of the Friends of Globe, a group of MICA students fighting for Globe’s preservation, Allison directly helped persuade MICA to acquire Globe’s collection in her senior year. As well as being used for letterpress classes, the collection lives on as an active press. Globe Collection & Press continues to make posters for events and for private clients too.

During my internship I worked on several client projects like the Lazarus Legacy poster, the Exhibition Development Seminar’s Workin’ The Tease Burlesque posters, a wedding invitation poster, and a poster for the Neighborhood Design Center. In addition, I also worked on projects for Globe such as Globe style Valentine’s Day cards and Globe style recipe cards. My role in each of these projects varied but I was able to experience the whole process of making posters for a client from beginning to end. A few things I had a hand in, for example, were setting type, preparing a form for printing, working the presses, and screenprinting.

I am most proud of the collaborative project my partner, Hana, and I completed as well as the keen eye for quality I developed. We designed eight recipe card designs with accompanying food category cards and then screenprinted and letterpressed them. These will now be sold on Globe’s Etsy. It is so great to see the cards outside of the computer screen and finally completed after all the hours and physical labor we invested into them. There is also a sense of pride in being able to say that we made them with our own hands and made a high quality product. The sense of graphic design that I gained from this experience will benefit any interactive arts I make, especially my web based works. I also developed a more disciplined work style that I can bring into my teaching practice. As an intern, I was working as part of a team to make work that represented a whole company, so the quality and amount of work I helped produced needed to be top notch. As a teacher, I will work with a team within my department to provide a rich education for our students.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Force: Upsetting Rape Culture

My name is Kelsey Schneider and I am a senior General Fine Arts major and Gender Studies minor. For the Spring 2014 semester I have been working with Force: Upsetting Rape Culture in Baltimore, MD. I had seen some of Force’s creative “culture jams” in the media and heard the co-°©‐founder Hannah Brancato speak about consent while I was an Orientation Leader in Fall 2013.

I really enjoyed hearing Hannah speak and was very interested in the work Force was doing so I contacted her and applied be an intern with Force. Force is a completely volunteer artist activist group trying to upset the culture of rape and abuse and promote a new culture of consent. They are currently working on their biggest project, The Monument Quilt, which is a temporary monument and healing space made up of survivor stories. The quilt acts as a space where survivors can share their experiences and feel supported rather than shamed. While interning at the Force studio I acted as the Studio Manager, and my responsibilities ranged from keeping the space organized, working hands on with the quilts to prepare them for installation, and working with and assisting volunteers to make quilts. I am so proud to have been a part of this group and to have contributed to its growth, specifically the chance to help prepare the first hundred quilts and help install the min the first installation of the project in Washington D.C. 

The biggest take a way for me is the sense of accomplishment I have from knowing I helped make the project grow and that other people can benefit from its message. This experience has helped me realize that activist and community service work are very important to me and help me thrive as an artist and individual. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have worked with Force and plan to continue working with them on the Monument Quilt.

Under Armor

My name is Leah Tipton, and I am a junior Illustration major. During the 2013-14 school year, I’ve had the great opportunity to intern with Under Armour, based in Baltimore, MD, as a Production Designer. Under Armour combines all of my passions: illustration, design, fitness, and fashion.

On a flight to Los Angeles last June, I met Shannon Burch, director of women’s apparel at Under Armour, we exchanged emails and scheduled a meeting time when we were both back in Baltimore to chat about design and Under Armour. She asked me to bring my resume and portfolio, little did I know the next time she would see me, she would offer me an intern position with our women’s apparel graphics team!
This experience has been nothing but rewarding. I’ve learned so much about the company, fashion, production, working on a team, and was able to do real-life work and see my designs go from an idea to actual print. Over the last (almost) year, I have seen more than several of my designs in stores! It’s an incredible feeling. I love working with Under Armour, and I have become so passionate about the company. I definitely want to continue working with Under Armour through the summer and hopefully after I graduate!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fab Lab Baltimore

My name is Caroline Hazero Kim and I am a junior Interdisciplinary Sculpture major at MICA. During the winter of 2014, I was a Lab Assistant Intern for Fab Lab Baltimore, located in the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville. I found out about this opportunity on Job Search page from MICA network website. As soon as I saw this opportunity, I emailed the direct employer of the Lab, mentioning my strong interest in working with them and asking what kind of application form she is looking for. She emailed me back and I sent her my resume. After, she wanted me to stop by the office and I tried to visit the office as soon as I can. This was done toward the end of summer break.

Fab Lab Baltimore is a non-profit digital fabrication lab, community workspace, and educational center that serves as a resource for students, designers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, other professionals, as well as businesses and institutions in Mid-Atlantic region. As a result, part of my duty was to always be educationally learning from being a participant of the lab and help customers with questions they have when using equipment. I was involved in Fab Lab conference press kit making as well as coming up with my own press kit for other conferences Fab Lab Baltimore participated. There were smaller projects such as reverse-engineering customer’s order as well as designing window display for the lab.

Mollye Bendell was my direct supervisor and Hayley Evans was my manager. Mollye was responsible for most of activities at the lab and Hayley was mostly assisting the lab. Both of my supervisors were extremely helpful when questions arose about 3D modeling and fabrication. I’m really proud to say now I have more clear idea of what machine to use and how to fabricate my ideas. My biggest take-away is the knowledge I gained in 3D fabrication field and confidence that I can also be a tech-based artist I believe little details I learned such as how joinery works, how to design press kits and functioning of a router are going to affect my future artworks a lot.

My internship experience helped me visualize in what kind of environment I will be surrounded by if I were to work in fabrication departments of any companies or architecture/furniture/design firms. I feel more comfortable in the environment and am more clarified with what to expect from my future career.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Company

My name is Danqing Guo and I am a Junior Architecture Design major. I was an architect assistant for Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Company in Beiing during the 2014 summer internship. After one-year architecture design study, I realized that I need an opportunity to convert my knowledge into practice. I began searching online and tried to contact architecture company via phone. At the beginning, I refused by many companies since they only offer position for two-year architecture study students and who can stay at least three-month internship. I cannot fulfill their requirements. Suddenly, there was a position about Italian architecture assistant pop out. I called the supervisor immediately about my aspiration to work with them and make sure that my second language English can help me get into this position. They asked me portfolio and resume. Few days later, I got accepted by the company. I am so lucky that I can get an internship that related to my major.
During the internship, I worked on three different projects. I work on a landscape design with an Italian architect and I was responsible for brainstorming; sketch design and language translate for the first one. In the first experience, I got a chance to show my personal ideas and finally my ideas were accepted by the architect. From the first design experience, I got familiar with the design process and I came up with an idea for project two in a short time. 

I am proud of myself because my ideas were approved by the Project Party and they will become reality in years. This is the reason why I chose to be architecture major because of the sense of achievement. In the third project, I went to another city for field research about Chinese heritage residential buildings. Before the field research, I did a lot reading about Chinese residential buildings and took notes about the particular names for the components in the buildings. During the field research I documented the houses and did the damage survey everyday. The third experience is quite different from the first two, which offered me a chance to get to more about traditional Chinese building and I should be proud of myself as a


This experience clarifies my future plan, which makes me eager to have two-year working experience before I get into graduate school. I feel practice is more important than studying. The internship helps me get to know what I am lack of and I can make it up in later study.

The Third Line Gallery

My name is Amanda Almarshoud and I am a Junior GFA major. In Summer 2014, I completed an internship at The Third Line Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. My own Arab background influences me to explore the art that is being produced in the Middle East. This summer I had plans of going home to Kuwait, and I thought it would my trip to the Middle East worthwhile if I also worked in Dubai. Dubai is a successful, thriving, and growing art and business center in the Middle East, and an extremely international community for the world to gather in.

I started to research and contact galleries during my Freshmen year hoping to have an internship in Dubai during Summer 2013.I contacted almost all of the art galleries in Dubai. Three galleries accepted my resume and cover letter, and notified me that I was allowed be their intern. Due to unexpected circumstances, I was unable to go to Dubai that summer, so I contacted the galleries back apologizing for my decline of the internship offer. I felt so bad! But I knew 100% that I was going to the Middle East this summer so I contacted the Third Line Gallery back during winter break of my Sophomore year, hoping they wouldn’t forget about me and let me still be an intern. I did extensive research on the galleries in Dubai. Out of all the galleries, The Third Line seemed like the most interesting and aligned with my career. I found that The Third Line Gallery is one of the oldest and most prominent galleries in Dubai, one of the most acclaimed galleries in the whole Middle East.

This internship was to purely understand how a gallery runs and to understand and observe how Middle Eastern artists express themselves artistically. I worked with almost all the members of The Third Line team to assist them with their projects, complete quick tasks, research institutions and clients, look through art publications, digitally file documents on the server, and be a secretary frequently throughout the week. I also participated in helping open their Summer 2014 show and hold weekly film screenings. I learned so much about event setup, public relations, management, pricing, selling, buying, organization, finances, and communication between artist and gallery, just from being present in the office for all the conversations and events that occurred. The tasks I was given and the people I met within the gallery, and in the city helped me understand how a gallery functions internally and externally, locally and in the global community. Since the Third Line is a gallery for Middle Eastern contemporary art, I was highly active in observing, researching, and participating in displaying Middle Eastern art.

 Working in an office setting was a refreshing change from art making. We always had fun while working as The Third Line team is one big family. Everyday was a pleasure to work in a fun atmosphere where I could contribute to the growth of Middle Eastern contemporary art and understand the art world through a gallery’s perspective.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

My name is Kelly Johnson and I am a Curatorial Practice MFA candidate graduating in 2015. This summer i did my internship at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I found out about this internship as an undergraduate, while doing a general online search for paid museum internships. I bookmarked the link for future reference, and when I decided to move to Baltimore, I sent an inquiry email to the intern coordinator asking about expectations, then applied for it ahead of the deadline.

Founded in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing
women’s creative contributions. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while
also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the

gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women
artists a place of honor now and into the future. The museum organizes exhibitions and
programming related to women artists, contemporary and past; coordinates traveling exhibitions;
maintains a research library dedicated to women artists, specializing in artists’ books; and works
with committees across the world to develop special events related to the collection and
upcoming exhibitions.

My direct supervisors were Elizabeth Lynch, Editor and Director of Publications, and Amy
Mannarino, Director of Marketing and Communications. Elizabeth develops all the printed
materials for the museum including brochures, catalogs, fliers, etc. Amy handles public relations
and develops marketing materials and official communications for press outlets.

My responsibilities included researching and compiling online articles for weekly “Women in the
Arts” newsletters to the museum staff and other museum affiliated persons. For marketing/communications projects, I tracked museum press in print and through an online database, researched pitch contacts for upcoming exhibitions, reviewed and edited press materials and images, and uploaded event content to online calendars. For publications, I researched and wrote 6 blog posts featuring contemporary artists in their current video exhibition, researched image sources for an upcoming online exhibition, and researched and wrote content for the fall magazine, including exhibition listings, and a book review. I also assisted in reviewing and editing the forthcoming Picturing Mary catalog.

I am most proud of the blog posts I wrote for the museum , developing my networking skills with arts
professionals at the museum and beyond, and learning new tips and tricks for writing/editing,
marketing, and professional communication skills.

The most important thing I have learned from my internship is the importance of communication
styles and attention to details. The opportunity to ask questions about how to relate to other
professionals as an editor and as a curator have been invaluable. I have also picked up some
PR and writing tips from my supervisors which I will carry with me into future projects. Overall, it
has been a big confidence builder, which I really needed!

This experience has reminded me that I thrive on structure. While my program focuses a lot oncurating outside of an institution, ideally I would like to work in a small museum or gallery similar to NMWA, because it is small enough so that people have to work between departments to accomplish their goals, but large enough that funding and press are not a struggle. It has also reminded me of my passion for writing, which I hope to pursue more seriously following this internship, perhaps as a freelance writer or perhaps at an arts publication. After speaking with several coworkers, I realize I am in the right place educationally and professionally, and that if I continue to pursue the path I am on—leaning toward contemporary art, community engagement, and writing—I should be able to find my niche. Additionally: these small assignments required to receive academic credit have been great for reflecting on my time here and encouraging me to track what I’m learning and to ask for informational with other professionals. I might not have done many of those things on my own.