Art History Student Interns at the St. Louis Art Museum


Photo Credit:  Emily Hagen

Art Department senior Emily Hagen (Art History) received a competitive Curatorial Internship this past summer to work at the St. Louis Art Museum and shared the following about her experiences.

During the internship Emiliy worked one-on-one with the American Art curator, a Truman alum, to conduct research for potential exhibitions, reframe works, and compile a bibliography on a sculpture in the permanent collection.

In addition, the end of June saw the opening of the expansion of the museum. SLAM revealed its new contemporary wing designed by architect David Chipperfield (shown below). Interns were also granted an inside look at the events leading to, and following, the grand opening.

Finally, interns participated in a conceptual art piece by Yoko Ono, called the Wish Tree (shown above). They worked with the Contemporary Art curator to collect and bundle wishes.

Private gallery tours led by curators allowed interns to ask questions and learn from successful art professionals and sessions with other departments, including education, development, and registrar gave an insight into the functions and careers within the museum.

Emily wrote of the experience: "I am endlessly grateful for the opportunity to work as an intern at the St. Louis Art Museum. My experience enlivened my passion for art and has confirmed my desire to work in the art world after graduation."

Congratulations Emily! Students interested in applying for one of these internships should check the St. Louis Art Museum website later this year.