MA student Cindy Evans spent the summer of 2016 in a rewarding internship at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, where she added experience in public outreach, education, and professional curatorial activity to her art history training. The Dalí is home to the country’s most extensive collection of Salvador Dalí’s art, with more than 200 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings and about 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures, and other objets d’art. Besides housing the largest collection of Dalí artworks outside of Europe, the museum boasts sensational rotating exhibitions.
Interning in the education department at the Dalí, Evans participated in several outreach programs for St. Pete area students: the Jr. Docent Summer Program, a camp designed to nurture future artists and art historians by giving students the opportunity to conduct museum tours; the Dalí Community Outreach program, which provides art classes for underprivileged children; and the Student Surrealist Art Exhibit, which challenges local students to explore new ideas and creative thinking.
Evans also worked on the current Dalí Museum exhibition Horst P. Horst: Photographs – Fashion and Surrealism, which features works from the 20th-century Vogue photographer, curated in partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In conjunction with this exhibition Cindy conducted research for two “Coffee with a Curator” public lectures, Photography and Surrealism and Sons of Horst a Look at the Next Generation.
This internship has confirmed my passion for art history education for all ages. I had the opportunity to see children have their first taste of Dalí and the world of art analysis, as well as contribute to the education of seasoned museum members. The whole experience reaffirmed for me the impact art history education can have on every visitor.
For students interested in museum and related careers, internships are a vital part of graduate work in art history, and an essential component of our Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies MA and undergraduate Minor in Museum Studies programs. Hands-on training in the field rounds out our students’ education and enhances future job prospects, and FSU Art History students are well-placed in interesting and challenging internships around Florida and around the world.