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Public Engagement and Curatorial Research Assistant Internship

Organization

Stamps Gallery

Location

Ann Arbor, MI (Hybrid)

Supervisors

Srimoyee Mitra and Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan

Description of Internship Project and Intern’s Role and Responsibilities

The public engagement and curatorial research assistant will work on:

  • Coordinate the images and final stages of Stephanie Dinkins publication before it goes to print
  • Assist in the planning of the Flint is Family Symposium. The intern will be an essential part of the planning committee working on our fall symposium to take place in conjunction a major photography exhibition called Latoya Ruby Frazier: Flint is Family, Act I, Act II, Act III. Frazier, spent five years documenting the lives of Flint residents and how they coped with the debilitating effects of the worst water crises in the history of the United States
  • Assist onsite with logistics related to Stamps Gallery’s summer public programs
  • Work closely with individual staff members to gain valuable experience and professional training in all aspects of planning, delivering, and evaluating public programs for visitors that are equitable, inclusive, and accessible

Time commitment (i.e., schedule, days per week needed)

Our preference is full time (35 to 40 hours per week) but willing to work with part time (20 hours per week) as well
Start date: May 4, 2022
End date: August 19, 2022
Ability to work on site at Stamps Gallery, 201 South Division Street, Ann Arbor, for two to three days if full time and one to two days if part time is important

Stipend

$5,000 or $10,000 depending on full or part-time commitment identified above.

About the Organization

The Stamps Gallery is an 8,000 square-foot public center for contemporary art and design in downtown Ann Arbor. We are part of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. It opened in 2017 after years located in three disparate campus spaces. Building on the school’s strong tradition of excellence, thought leadership, and community engagement, our goal is to develop innovative and scholarly exhibitions, publications, and public programs that foster inclusive platforms for presentation, discussion, and inquiry into the urgent questions and concerns of our time. The gallery functions as an incubator and lab for contemporary artists and designers to explore ideas and projects that catalyze positive social change. A commitment to social justice shapes our work, developing exhibitions, programs, and publications with a goal to inspire new ways of looking, making, and thinking.

Every year we present two to four student exhibitions and three to five exhibitions with renowned artists and designers working locally, nationally, and internationally.

The gallery is an expansion of the classroom—a creative pedagogical space—this is an important resource for students at U-M who benefit from an opportunity to obtain hands-on experience as well as curatorial, research, and installation skills working with leading-edge artists, designers, curators, and writers as a part of the Stamps Gallery team. Stamps Gallery also serves the broader cultural and artistic community in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan who have been active participants at Stamps Gallery.

Website

https://stamps.umich.edu/stamps-gallery