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Kathleen Banach Awarded first Curatorial Fellowship at the University Gallery

The University Gallery announces a new Curatorial Fellowship Program – a competitive, advanced apprenticeship available to outstanding graduate students in Art History who wish to pursue a curatorial career in art museums, with a focus on contemporary art. This annual Fellowship will provide curatorial training while also supporting scholarly research related to the collection of contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs at the University Gallery.

Kathleen Banach (M.A. candidate ’09) has been awarded the first University Gallery Curatorial Fellowship.

Working in close consultation with Mario Ontiveros, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art in the Art History Program, the Curatorial Fellow will develop a concrete exhibition project that complements research interests emanating from related course work, resulting in an exhibition drawn from the permanent collection. In addition, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of museum activities, such as exhibition and program planning, grant writing, volunteer training, art history lectures and gallery tours.

Collaborating with University Gallery staff – the director, education curator, registrar, installation manager, and communications coordinator -- the Fellow will have access to the collection and partake of all the professional privileges extended to Gallery staff.

To inaugurate the first Curatorial Fellowship, Kathleen Banach will focus her research on the photographs of Andy Warhol. 154 photographs by Andy Warhol, taken during different stages of his career, were recently donated to the University Gallery from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Kathleen Banach will be the first to study this important yet relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work, including gelatin silver black and white prints and Polaroid color photos. She will curate an exhibition, opening in September 2009, that will provide a wealth of information about the artist’s process and interaction with his subjects. An exhibition brochure with curatorial essay will be produced.


Kathleen Banach, M.A. candidate, 2009

Angelique Harrell, M.A. candidate, 2009

University Gallery aAnnounces Angelique Harrell as Curatorial and Collection Coordinator for Spring 2009

Through a partnership with the Art History Program of the Department of Art for spring semester 2009, the University Gallery is pleased to offer a Graduate Assistantship position, to be called the Curatorial and Collection Coordinator. Angelique Harrell (M.A. candidate ’09), an outstanding graduate student with an interest in contemporary art, has been named to this one-semester position.

The Assistantship combines engaged scholarship, direct experience with original works of art, and an administrative/theoretical framework for managing the University’s permanent art collection and archives. Focusing on each of these areas, the Curatorial and Collection Coordinator at the University Gallery will help advance innovative teaching and creative learning by helping make this important visual arts resource more fully available to faculty and students for research and study purposes.

An exciting new advance at the University Gallery will enable professors, students, and other visitors to make appointments to view individual objects in the newly appointed storage/study room. By using the collection database as a search engine, soon to be electronically accessible from remote locations, special requests can be made to bring artworks out of storage for viewing. The Curatorial and Collection Coordinator will serve as liaison, explaining and describing the collection through workshops, classroom presentations, and in response to inquiries. The presentation of objects in study-storage will allow greater and more direct access to original works of art and more flexibility in the way they can be used for teaching, or as one might use a library or laboratory in academic work, offering a unique environment for developing critical thinking skills through observation, description, analysis and research of art objects.

Angelique Harrell will work directly with the collection of approximately 2400 contemporary prints, drawings and photographs, including researching, re-cataloging, classifying, describing, entering digital images, handling, and measuring objects. She will help update and maintain the collection database system, as part of the Five-College Museums' centralized Collection Database.

Reporting to the University Gallery Director and working in coordination with the Collection Registrar and Education Curator, Angelique will help develop new, innovative ways to incorporate the permanent collection in art history and studio arts curricula as well as connect to other courses in the Humanities (such as English, Creative Writing, Journalism, Communications, History, Literature), making the collection more readily accessible as a dynamic teaching and learning resource.




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