Music to Munch

My fourth week at the Phillips Collection was full of a myriad of different projects for various departments ranging from the studious to the hilariously resourceful. This week I got to be a researcher, editor, packer, and explorer as I engaged with new facets of the museum and the city itself.

[Read more…]

Getting to Know the Museum Family

While my third week at the Phillips Collection was mostly focused on researching museum digital strategies, my smaller projects and conversations throughout the week helped me gain a better understanding of the various groups that make up a museum. Sitting in on a Board of Trustees committee meeting helped me see how the museum’s governing body interacts with its staff, giving me a better sense of the role that the board plays in the museum’s overall functions. Working on research in the museum’s library introduced me to the roles of museum librarians, and the differences between museum libraries and typical libraries. This week I also learned about the unique position of Museum Assistant (MA) at the Phillips Collection, and how it ties back to the museum’s founding ideals. Learning about various museum positions on both general and individual levels showed me not only how many different members of the museum family exist, but also how theses members work together to make up one seamless institution.

[Read more…]

Museums: Manual to Digital

During my second week at the Phillips Collection I got to deal with both the physical and digital aspects of running a museum. Over the course of the week I cut and assembled various paper materials for the Phillips’ Exhibits Department, Education Department, and Director’s Office. Completing each task gave me a better understanding of each department and their roles in the museum. Later in the week I also started some independent research into museum digital strategy, which gave me a better sense of the actions modern museums are taking to evolve and adapt to the digital age. On top of all of my wonderful work experiences this week, I also got to attend the Phillips Collection’s monthly “Phillips After 5” event with a couple of friends, which let me view the museum from yet another new perspective.

[Read more…]

First Week at the Phillips

My first week interning at the Phillips Collection really threw me into museum work in a way that made the space feel like home to me. I’m working in the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection, formerly the Center for the Study of Modern Art. The Center serves as a hub for the museum’s academic and public programming initiatives and is located in the carriage house behind the museum. This cozy space fits nine people (including myself) working on exhibits, academic programming, public programming, the Phillips’ music program, grant writing, and media production. With so much going on in such a small space I’ve learned a lot about the museum in a very short amount of time, and gotten to know many of the people who run various aspects of the museum.

[Read more…]

Abstract: Phillips Collection Internship

Hello! My name is Sarah Farver and I am a rising senior, majoring in History and minoring in Art History, at the College of William & Mary. I am honored to be one of this year’s recipients of the Woody Internship in Museum Studies, and extremely excited to spend the summer interning at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.! As America’s first museum of modern art, the Phillips Collection has a prestigious reputation for housing prominent works from the Impressionist to Abstract Expressionist movements, yet the museum stays true to its original message as it continues promoting contemporary artists and their works. I look forward to working in an art museum that stays in tune with today’s evolving art scene, and seeing how the museum conveys art’s transformations by juxtaposing the old with the new.

[Read more…]