Monday, September 25, 2017

Interview With An Intern: Grace Moorman

One of the best parts of the Museum is our team of student interns who help our programing come alive for the anyone who visits us. Interview with an Intern is our opportunity to highlight their achievements and learn a little bit more about some of the most valuable members of our Museum team!

Many of our interns work in education programming, and each is an essential part of making the Museum the best that is can be. This month, we're featuring education intern Grace Moorman from Madison, MS.

Education Intern Grace Moorman
Grace is a sophomore student here at the University of Mississippi, and she is pursing her Bachelor's Degree in Art History. She began work at the UM Museum her first semester at Ole Miss and hopes to continue her work there until graduation - and who knows - maybe even longer! She is currently an ArtZone teacher and Monday Museum Mysteries blogger.

1. What’s your favorite piece in the Museum? 

I am not sure if I could ever pick just one favorite piece in the Museum. In our permanent collection, one of my favorite artists is Morris Graves. I love the way that his works capture the shape and essence of an animal but use very few lines to create the physical shape. The minimalism of his work allows the imagination to complete the rest of the image, so the drawings can appear different to everyone that looks at them.

Morris Graves, Sea Bird in the Rain, 1954.

2. What’s been your favorite project?
I haven't really started it yet, but I am most excited to begin writing for the Museum's education blog. I am so excited to be able to explore more deeply what is not on display at the Museum, and I am even more thrilled to be able to write about and share it with readers!

3. How long have you been at the Museum and why did you want to be an intern?

I started volunteering first semester of my freshman year, so this is my third semester of work at the Museum. I have been teaching ArtZone for two semesters, and I have loved every bit of it! When I "grow up," I want to be a museum curator, so when I came to Ole Miss, I knew that the museum would be a great place to gain experience.

4. What’s your favorite part of being a museum intern?

My favorite part of being an intern is having access to all of the behind-the-scenes work. The Museum's team is amazing, and I love that I get to be a part of that. It's also really exciting to be shown some of the curation process.

Grace is a Sophomore here at Ole Miss and is incredibly
excited to continue her work at the Musuem!

5. What’s the most challenging thing about being an intern?

The most difficult part of being an intern is managing my schedule. I have a full school day, homework, and work at the Museum. I love what I am doing though, so it is all worth it!

6. How has being an intern helped you in your education? 

Working at the Museum has given me first- hand experience into the curation aspect of museums. It really has helped confirm that I want to work in the museum culture when I graduate from school. 

7. What is some advice you have for students?

Becoming an intern has been a great experience for me because it has confirmed that I am studying the right thing. It is also the most I have ever had at a job. The key is finding something that you love, so that you always enjoying going in to work!

8. What are your long-term goals? 

My long-term goals are to graduate with a degree in Art History from the University and go on to graduate school to pursue my Master's degree in Art History. Eventually, I want to obtain my Doctorate. When I enter the work force, I hope to secure a position as a curator at a museum like The Met!

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