When the summer of 2012 began, I never thought I would be sitting where I am right now writing this. As the school year wound to a close and summer began, I was hoping (if I was lucky) I would find myself with volunteer opportunities at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. I finished my first year of school at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and headed home with my love of art history fortified by the classes I had taken the past two semesters.
When I started fishing for volunteer positions, Lori Geiger, the Visitor Services and Volunteer Manager went above and beyond to help me get involved with the Museum. It is thanks to her help that I found myself in a Curatorial Intern position - a daunting title for an art history major with only one year of college under her belt.
When I met with Lori at the beginning of the summer she told me about some opportunities that would be turning up in July. They seemed pretty standard: being a gallery attendant and helping the museum staff. I was excited at the prospect of hanging out in an art museum all summer, but never imagined I would be doing anything too official.
In early July I worked with Martin Hanahan, the Museum’s Registrar, in the deconstruction of two outgoing exhibitions, the 61st Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition and the Artists’ Guild Biennial Exhibition. During the two-day period I got to know Martin, and I met Kelli Bodle, the Assistant Curator of the Museum. I got advice on being an art history major and my future in curating. The experience of just being behind the scenes of a museum exhibit and meeting the people that make it possible made me want to help more and see more of what it takes to operate a museum. I began wondering if there was anything else I could do, any odd jobs or research projects. I was completely willing to freelance.
A few weeks into my new Big Art: Miniature Golf gallery attendant position that I shared with about 10 other college students, I received an email from Kelli asking if I would like to be a Curatorial intern for the rest of the summer. On top of my ‘Golf Marshal’ status, which I loved having, I would do more behind the scenes work with Kelli and Martin, which is what I was interested in all along! I quickly got started on learning the collections database, and becoming familiar with the various offices in the Museum.
So now, here I am - writing in my own cubicle in the Curatorial Office; almost in disbelief, but mostly just loving every minute of working at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.