Michelle Ibarra has been accepted for a curatorial internship with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage through the Katzenberger Foundation for the summer of 2016. Michelle will spend the summer in Washington, D.C. helping to develop an exhibition on the Folklife Festival for its 50th anniversary next year. The exhibit will tell the festival’s history from its first year in 1967 up until the present. As a junior Art History major minoring in Museum Studies, Ibarra participated in the fall 2015 Museum Object class, which developed an exhibition exploring the Occupation of Okinawa through the photographs of a Navy officer. As a member of the curatorial team, Michelle conducted archival research and help to plan the design and narrative of the installation. She hopes to expand on that experience in her internship this summer, and ultimately become a curator and create exhibitions that bring attention to the beauty and meaning behind the art of the various North American tribes and the history that their art represents.
Kelly Scandone will work at the British Museum in London this summer, as an intern in the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre, where children’s museum education programs are developed using advanced digital technology. Scandone is a junior double-majoring in Art History and International Affairs and minoring in Museum Studies. She is Vice President of the Undergraduate Art History Association (UAHA), Treasurer of the College Leadership Council for the College of Fine Arts, and a University Ambassador for the FSU Office of Admissions. During her senior year she will serve as a leader for the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and will complete her honor’s thesis on collegiate architecture. Scandone plans to continue her education by attending graduate school in cultural heritage studies.