Thursday, July 28, 2016

Globe Collection and Press

My name is Natalia Arias and I am a junior Graphic Design major with concentrations in Illustration and Video/Film Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). During the Fall 2014 semester, I had the pleasure of being an intern at Globe Collection and Press based in the great city of Baltimore, MD. It was a shifting kaleidoscope of experience. I learned about and researched Globe’s rich history which is filled with deep roots in the disciplines of music and pop culture!

My time at Globe Collection and Press has been filled with nothing but valuable and unforgettable experiences. I gained immense knowledge of letterpress and screenprinting processes, set type and created forms, and assisted in printing and embossing posters for the Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles, California and Typography I workshops held at MICA. Towards the end of the internship, preparing an being a studio monitor was a position that I took very seriously as I always made sure to be on time, oversaw the students who were printing and the presses themselves, and cleaned the entire studio upon departure. I also printed, assembled, and designed sketchbooks and coasters for MICA’s upcoming Art Market event!

As an individual, I have grown professionally and have truly evolved as an artist. I am looking forward to the rest of my MICA career as I will be “a friend of Globe” even after I graduate, providing unfaltering support for many years to come. I have never been more focused and my goals have never been more clearly defined as I plan to integrate my new skills and working methods into my current way of working for senior thesis next year.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baltimore Magazine

My name is Chanel Cruz and I am a senior Fibers major and Video/Film concentration. During the Summer of 2015, I was a Style Intern for Baltimore Magazine, the first city publication in the United States. My supervisor was Lauren Bell, the Style Editor for the magazine’s style section called Charmed Life.

In the beginning of the summer I did not know of any local businesses that I wanted to intern for. One day while working my part-time job at Madewell in Harbor East I explained to my store manager how much I desired an internship that focused on Style since I was already a Stylist for the store. My manager told me that she knew the Style Editor for Baltimore Magazine and gave me her business email. This was perfect timing since I had just launched my website in order to easily display and share my work. After a few days I emailed Lauren asking if I could intern, freelance, or assist in any way with the publication and attached my resume. Lauren mentioned that she had a style internship position available and I basically started the following week.

Working at the magazine has honestly been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I’ve met many wonderful people and have become very aquatinted with pretty much every single locally owned boutique in Baltimore. My assignments involved interviewing store owners for blog features, contacting/collecting merchandise for shoots from local stores, researching events related to style, and assisting on photoshoots for print at the magazines studio. Since completing my internship my writing and communication skills have improved greatly. This internship allowed me the opportunity to freelance for the magazine and continue interning throughout my year at MICA. When I was younger I had a faint goal of working for a magazine and steered away from it since. Being at Baltimore Magazine has created a path for me to conquer this goal. Post graduation I would like to move and work for a magazine in New York City as a style specialist and with the relations I’ve made through Baltimore Magazine that will absolutely be possible. For that I am grateful and looking forward to being further involved in the magazine during my senior year.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

LanningSmith Studio

My name’s McLean Francis and I’m currently a rising Junior Interdisciplinary Sculpture major. Starting in June of 2015, I have been working with LanningSmith Studio in their studio on the east side of Baltimore Studio. I initially heard about the studio through my close friends at MICA (friends that have now graduated). The friends knew that I was looking for an internship and gave me the number of Kyle Smith (founder of LanningSmith). I texted and called and eventually we scheduled a meeting. I arrived and we talked for about an hour about everything from my history, to the history of the company. By the end of the interview he said I got the job!

From the beginning I knew it was a company I wanted to be involved with. His relaxed attitude and eagerness for a personal connection introduced me to the style of working environment I would be in. When I started, I was immediately thrown into some big projects. The first day consisted of me getting to know my way around the studio and then starting on some actual work! At first I would do small remedial jobs such as sanding and gluing but eventually became in charge of cut lists and staple gunning and even sourcing materials. Im most proud of my new found ability to create highly refined projects. Historically at MICA, my work tends to not have a very refined finish but now I’m confident in my ability to tie up loose ends.

This will go down as the first job I’ve ever had that I truly enjoyed, and I am infinitely proud that I secured a position in the company for years to come. The most important thing I learned is that no matter what field you’re in, no success will come without hard work. Im in awe of the amount of hours my boss works, and am happy that I can now say that I have a mentor figure. Additionally, its comforting to know not only that this career field exists, but that it is a field I absolutely would like to enter upon graduation. In short, working with Kyle of LanningSmith Studio was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve ever had and brightens my outlook on post graduation life.

A. Bernadette

My name is Michelle Czerwinski and I am a Photography Senior. When I think about which industry I see myself a part of in the immediate future, all signs point to fashion. The fashion industry certainly has a reputation as cut-throat and rapidly evolving. The mentality is very much get with it or get going. People talk fast and walk even faster. As if the accelerated pace wasn’t daunting enough, I also find myself worrying about becoming an unvalued cog in a much larger machine. I don’t entirely trust big companies. As a photographer I dream of shooting for Vogue and Elle, but I can’t deny their size, impact and past offenses. I worry that when there are hundreds of employees between me and the boss then it’s inevitable for miscommunication to run rampant. My dream job would be a position that’s essential to the company. I’d like to know every coworker. I’d like to have a firm understanding of the boss’s vision, style and goals. The best collaborations stem from a place of mutual creativity and willingness to develop ideas as a team. My goal is to find a job in the fashion industry with a close-knit company that would appreciate what I bring to the table.

Keeping the comparison of big companies to small start ups in mind, when I was looking for an internship I wanted to tap into a more independent company. I found A. Bernadette through family friends’ posts on Facebook. Their website caught my eye because I couldn’t tell if they were based in Africa or America. The company was founded by two American sisters who were enraptured with wanderlust and the richness of African culture. The sisters set up base in Jinja, Uganda volunteering at local schools teaching women English. The classroom appealed to both sisters and they wondered how far they could push their lessons? Could they teach more than English? Could they bring skills into these women’s lives that would benefit the women, their families and their community? Andrea and Amberle, the sisters, created A. Bernadette: a sustainable fashion brand of products made by women in Uganda using recycled materials. They have headbands made from palm leaves and purses made from packaging straps. They’ve made insulated bags for cooking or traveling with hot food. Every product developed by Andrea introduces new skills that Amberle teaches to their employees. The products are designed to appeal to New Yorkers as much as Ugandan customers. A. Bernadette aims to empower women and draw commonalities between Africa and America.

My direct supervisor was Andrea Reyes, one of the founding sisters. I couldn’t have been luckier. Andrea is an upfront person who values hard work and has a strict no nonsense policy. She sets deadlines and keeps them. She finishes work quickly and efficiently. I certainly learned a lot about work ethic from this woman who only functions on hyper speed. Andrea is a jack of all trades. She’s heavily involved in every aspect of the company. She likes to keep tabs on finances, sales records, upcoming markets, the newsletter and the blog. Andrea took me under her wing and confided in me her new vision for the brand’s aesthetic. 

As early as my first day, Andrea and I discussed ideas for photo shoots. Her products are so crafty and colorful. The skill involved in making each product is impressive but I honestly found hard to imagine a New York socialite walking down Madison Ave with an A. Bernadette product in hand. Andrea really trusted my input. We focused on an Alice in Wonderland themed shoot to bring a sense of wonder and glamour to the brand. With a clean, crisp and appealing new ad campaign it was time to focus on the social media side of the company. As I mentioned before, it was hard for me to picture the average New Yorker with these sustainable African products. So we took to the streets. I photographed Andrea, her assistant, and other employees walking through the streets of New York decked out in A. Bernadette fashion. These street style photos were a hit on the company’s Instagram. Our focus with every project we finished was to appeal to the every woman. Andrea and Amberle want full transparency in the business and no elitism. Any one can rock a woven purse from Uganda to Harlem.

Looking back on this experience, I’m most proud of the speed that I adapted to each situation. They had me photographing events, products, look books, and portraits for interviews. I had never been the sole photographer for an event and I was really proud to have pulled it off. I got great feedback on my images. I made new connections. Overall, I think the greatest takeaway from this internship has been confidence and connections. I’ve really expanded my network and learned about networking skills. Now I know the importance of following up, remembering names, and giving help to receive help. The phrase, “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” comes to mind and couldn’t be more true. Nobody wants to do a favor if there’s nothing in it for them. Business is constant negotiation. I’ve been exposed to the challenging side of running a company but I’ve also been lucky to participate in developing the brand’s new look. 

After working with A. Bernadette I feel confident in my skill level. I deserve to be well paid and appreciated. I can bring a lot of inspiration into a brainstorm session. I can keep up. I can talk fast and walk faster. This internship taught me a lot. Furthermore, it gave me a clear idea of what type of company I want to invest my time in. I don’t want to dive head first into the big time but I really don’t want to waste time in start-ups that lack direction. I need an established company reworking their visual branding. My eyes are peeled for a boss who’s values I share. I want to be in an environment where the ambition is tangible, like energy pushing employees to new extremes. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Walters Art Museum

My name is Aubrey Vinson and I am an Art History Senior. I’ve known for a number of years that I have wanted to work in a museum, and the Walters is one of my favorites. It has one of the largest collections of medieval art in the country, and a wide range of European, Asian, and many other kinds of historic art. I always keep my eye on area museums’ job and internship pages, just to see what’s out there and maybe find something I actually qualify for. This past spring, the “registration intern” position popped up on the Walters’s website, and it really intrigued me; I didn’t really know what a registrar did, but I knew I would be at my favorite place in Baltimore! I did a little research on museum registrars, and sent in my application through the museum’s website. (Also, a lot of museums post job openings on their social media pages, so just keep looking!)

A few weeks later, I received an email from the museum, and set up a phone interview with my future supervisor, Danielle Bennett. After that, we set up an interview, where I met her and a few other people I would be working with at the Walters, and they told me I had the internship.

I spent two and a half months over the summer of 2015 working with Danielle and her coworkers on a variety of tasks and projects. Some of the time, I was helping Danielle in her duties as the registrar – pulling art objects out of storage for curators, taking objects to or from the conservation department, and sampling the different tasks a registrar handles. Data entry is a major part of the registrar’s duties, and it helps to keep track of the museum’s collection. One of the things I tackled was measuring, photographing, and rehousing a collection of 90 Ethiopian coins that were donated to the museum - in a coin album! My work with the coins made it easier for other museum staff to work with them, and for the museum to better keep track of each individual object.

This internship was invaluable to me, and has really helped me in my museum-oriented career. Though I don’t think I want to be a registrar, I gained useful experience handling art objects, working with museum databases, and meeting different people in different roles through the museum. Even knowing this isn’t the exact job I want to pursue is incredibly helpful. I would have never known what a registrar does without this internship, and I will have a much better appreciation for museum registrars when I work with them in the future.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher

I’m Clint Kadera, and I’m a senior Illustration major. In the summer of 2015, I interned under Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher. Kal is a world-renowned political cartoonist. This year, he won the Herblock prize, Grand Prix Press Cartoon of the Year, and was a Pulitzer runner-up. Along with other freelance, Kal works for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun. I’ve always appreciated Kal’s cartoons, and reached out to him last year. We talked for a month or so, and Kal offered me a paid internship.

During the internship, I archived Kal’s cartoons over the past decade. These cartoons will be donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. This facility has the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of original cartoons. I was able to see a ton of Kal's original artwork in-person. As I sorted, Kal did freelance, and we’d discuss illustration, marketing, politics, and sports.

Kal also assigned me different prompts. He taught me how to incorporate brushwork into my cross-hatching. I've always had two different approaches: my gestural life drawing and my detailed illustration. With brush, I've been able to combine these two aesthetics and get the best out of both. I used to use ballpoint pen, but have since switched to fountain pen. If needed, I can paint over the top with wet acrylic, something else Kal introduced to me. Lately, Kal has pushed me into more watercolor, but that’s still a work-in-progress. I plan to use these new techniques on my thesis as well. I’ve been able to bounce thesis ideas off Kal, and I feel confident with where I’m at. He has also offered to help me throughout the year.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

M+B Gallery

My name is Kaitlyn Conte and As a junior photography major, I was definitely stoked to get the chance to be an intern at one of the top photography galleries in Los Angeles, M+B Gallery, during the summer of 2015. I came across this gallery one day by searching a photographer named Whitney Hubbs, who I’ve known since high school and who is the person that made me realize a few years back that art is something that I could pursue as more than just a hobby. When I was searching her to find her most recent works, I came across M+B Gallery, the gallery that represents her. I went onto their website and was amazed at the forward-minded and diverse range of works and artists that the gallery represents, so I immediately emailed them to inquire about internship possibilities. Emily, the gallery assistant, emailed me back asking for my resume, cover letter, and to come in for an interview.

M+B Gallery is a white wall contemporary gallery. The gallery used to be solely photography but has recently shifted to a broader contemporary art gallery. The gallery has many connections all over the world and it really takes a lot to keep the gallery running. Most of my tasks that I was given while working there were assigned by my supervisor, the gallery’s assistant Emily, however everyone else in the gallery also gave me different assignments throughout my time there so I really got a taste of everything. As the lowest level there I did a lot of tasks that are boring yet necessary to keep a white wall gallery functioning, like dusting off the artwork in the show and making sure the place stays very tidy. I got to do much more exciting projects as well though like making a 3D model of the gallery so that the curators could plan the next show on a more visual / smaller scale. I also got to do a gallery run to Matthew Brandt’s studio to pick up some things, which was very cool because I got to see his studio and everything going on there. I also frequently got to format press for the gallery and spend a lot of time handling really incredible art works, which was also so much fun.

While I got to meet and befriend multiple artists that the gallery represents and make major connections for my future, this internship led me to realize that working in a gallery might not be the job for me. Working for people who are living my dream was inspiring but also very depressing and not something that I think I could do for a long period of time. The connections that I made while interning at M+B are really important and I learned so much about how high-end galleries are run, and so I don’t regret doing this internship at all. I guess as an intern I will always be working under someone living my dream, but in the long run working in a gallery like M+B isn’t something I would want to pursue as a career.