Museum & Gallery Internships!

We are coming into the season when applications for internships in Art History–and all areas in Art–come to be due.  Here is some further information and some links about some internships that might be of interest to various majors in the Art Department.  We will also be updating this list as we learn of more opportunities, so check back often!

Chicago Area

Art Institute of Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Kansas City Area

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

For those of you especially interested in curatorial work, see the Nelson’s Mellon Summer Academy

Kemper Musuem of Contemporary Art

The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures

Contact Dr. Jason McDonald in History at Truman ( about internships for Truman students at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.


Kirksville Arts Association

Truman State University Press

For more information on the Conservation Internship in Special Collections (Pickler Memorial Library), please contact Ms. Amanda Langendoerfer (Director, Special Collections) at

St. Louis Area

St. Louis Art Museum:  check website in January for more information or check here.

Contemporary Art Museum

The Pulitzer Foundation:  check website for more information

Contact Dr. Jason McDonald in the Department of History at Truman ( about internships for Truman students at both the Missouri History Museum and the Mercantile Library in St. Louis.

Other nearby areas

Des Moines Art Center

Summer Internship at the Harry S. Truman Museum and Library (Independence, Missouri) (before applying, please contact Dr. Jason McDonald in the Department of History at Truman to discuss possibilities to work on art-related projects:

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art (they often have a Collections Internship on offer;  please contact them for more information)

National Internships

McDermott Internships, Dallas Museum of Art

The Walters Art Museum, Diversity in the Arts Internships, Baltimore, MD (paid!)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

International Internships

Truman offers various opportunities for internships overseas.  Check here for information about overseas internships through Truman’s Center for International Education, or here for information about the Truman in Washington program which also offers interships overseas!

Archival internship in Florence, Italy at the Medici Archive Project (scroll down to “Opportunities”;  reading ability in Italian is likely required).

In addition, any urban area (or rural too!) will have art galleries, not-for-profit arts organizations, and the like so check Google to see what might be available.  Listed above are some of the places where Truman students have found internships, but lots more are available.  Students, please talk with your academic advisors, also, about more opportunities, including those outside the Midwest if you are interested!


Truman at CAA!

Photo Credit:  Sara E. Orel

Last week in New York was the annual meeting of the College Art Association, the national professional organization for artists, designers, and art historians.  Truman's Art Department in general, and the Art History program in particular, were very well represented!  Four faculty members attended, as well as one current student, and a variety of Art History alumni.  The picture above shows some of the alumni who came to a breakfast for Art History students and alumni on Thursday morning of the conference.

The conference was a great chance for faculty, students, and alumni to attend sessions on everything from using social media in the museum world to Egyptology to the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show to the popular television show "Mad Men".  Two alumni  also presented papers on their research, and the current student and one of the alumni were selected to work as session assistants for CAA.  In addition, with the wide range of museums and galleries in Manhattan, everyone was able to see some great art!

Hope to see you there next year!


Submitting work to the Juried Student Exhibition!

Student will all know that artwork can be submitted for consideration for the Juried Student Exhibition this weekend.  Submitted work should be dropped off at the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 from Noon – 4:00 p.m., and Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Artwork does not have to be from an Art class at Truman but must be at least a part of the submitting student's Truman experience (curricular or co-curricular).

Students may submit up to four (4) artworks and if the artwork requires special hardware for hanging other than the usual l-hooks, nails, pedestals, etc., then it should be supplied with the work.

A a reminder, $300 in awards from the University Art Gallery, as well as two $250 Student Union Building (SUB) Purchase prize awards will be given to selected artists!

Any questions?  Contact Gallery DIrector Prof. Aaron Fine (

Reception for Prof. Bates

Please join us on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) for a reception honoring Prof. Jamie Bates.  Prof. Bates will make a few comments about her works currently on display in the Gallery, and there will also be refreshments and a general chance to celebrate as well!

The current exhibitions in the Gallery will close this coming Friday so if you have not been to see them yet, do stop by!

As always, Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Alumni back on campus!

In the past week we have been pleased and fortunate to have back on campus two Art Department alumni to work with students and the Department!

Last week, Heidi (Willhauck) Cook came back to meet with Art History Society and with students in ART 329 Historical Methods.  Heidi is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Pittsburgh where she is working on Modern European art.

This week, Galen Gibson-Cornell gave a wonderful campus-wide talk about his own work and worked with students and others in the Print Shop.  Galen is currently in the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he focuses on lithography.

We are very grateful to both for coming back to campus and sharing their expertise with us.

If you are an alum and have news to share with us, please drop us an e-mail at!

Alumnus to speak tonight!

We are so pleased to welcome back to campus Art Department alumnus Galen Gibson-Cornell.  He is in the MFA program in printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will give a talk tonight (Monday, February 11) at 7:00 p.m. in OP 2210.  Please join us to welcome Galen back and to learn more about his work as a printmaker, artist, and grant writer!

Weaving in the Fibers Studio

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In the fibers studio at Truman, we have a great set of wide looms for weaving fabric.  This week, fibers students worked together warping the looms to prepare for weaving.  Students will be learning the basics of weaving including pattern drafting and dyeing fiber for their woven work, and will create woven yardage fabric to be used in projects.  Check back for more images of finished woven work!