By Camille Myers Breeze
In advance of our unprecedented project load this summer, MTS put out the call far and wide for new conservation interns. The response has been amazing!
Josephine Johnson is no stranger to MTS. She met Camille and Cara in 2012 while she was attending the Smith College Museum Studies summer program. During her senior year, Josephine got to work with Camille on the a mounting and de-installation of the costume of the Duchesse de Choiseul for the exhibition 100 Years 100 Objects, curated by the Exhibition Design students. At Wheaton she worked as a student conservator in the Permanent Collection. She received Wheaton's prestigious Adams Professional Development Scholarship, which is paying her to spend the summer at MTS. With a background in object conservation, Josephine is excited to learn more about textile conservation.
Aimée-Michelle Pratt, who goes by the name Charlie, began her MTS internship in May. She is currently completing the Museum Studies Certificate Program at Tufts University and has interned at the Tufts University Art Gallery (permanent collection). Charlie holds a degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she held internships at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum, and also worked at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. Charlie is an avid fiber artist, specializing in fiber dyeing and textile design.
Professor Jennifer Cruise, PhD, teaches biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also happens to be vulnerable to distraction by all kinds of handcraft, and is currently battling a new addiction to weaving. A native New Englander, Jennifer recently received an MA in conservation from the University of Lincoln, in the UK. She interned at the National Trust’s Textile Conservation Studio, and has been spending most of her vacation time since visiting conservation studios in the United States. While at MTS this July, Jennifer will bring her science background to our ongoing research topics while acquiring additional hands-on conservation experience.
Although later this summer we will be saying good-bye to two of our staff members, we are pleased that Jen Nason is continuing with us for Level 2 Certification. We've even got our potential slate of interns already set for Fall internships. Our thanks to NEMA Jobs for providing us with many of our internship candidates.