The Asheville Art Museum is currently seeking applications for the following internship. The priority application deadline is April 1, 2019. For more information, a complete internship description, and application instructions, please see the attached position description, or visit


Semester: Fall 2019, spring 2020, or academic year 2019-2020

Primary purpose: To aid curatorial staff in accomplishing critical tasks associated with new acquisitions, collections management, and exhibition of the Museum’s craft collection

Essential functions: In spring 2019, the new Asheville Art Museum will open after a major renovation and construction project. The project will radically transform the interiors of the Museum’s North and East Wings, rebuild the Atrium, add a new suite of galleries, and provide a revitalized backdrop for how the Museum interacts with its patrons and visitors. Read more about our construction project.

Since 2017, the Museum’s craft collection has grown by nearly 200 objects, adding to our already substantial collection of over 900 works covering all media dating from the early part of the 20th century through the present. From early WNC residents—including Cherokee Indians and regional makers—to craft-related work from Black Mountain College (1933–1957), studio craft as exemplified by Penland School of Crafts, and today’s vibrant contemporary craft community, the Museum’s collection of fine handmade objects is a strong focus within our larger Collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

As the Museum returns to its newly renovated home, the curatorial team is creating exhibition space dedicated to craft and its collectors, as well as integrating craft within the reinstallation of the Museum’s Collection. Recent generous gifts from Judith & James Moore, John & Robyn Horn, and Dudley & Lisa Anderson have added locally and nationally renowned artists to the Collection that will allow us to tell more complete craft-centered stories. Upon reopening this spring, two of our core galleries are planned to feature these gifts: the Judith S. Moore Gallery will feature key works from the Moores’ studio glass collection, illustrating the movement’s history, while the Debra McClinton Gallery will focus more broadly on craft media including ceramics, wood arts, and metalwork.

The Windgate Curatorial Intern will aid curatorial staff in accomplishing critical tasks associated with new acquisitions, collections management, and exhibition of the Museum’s craft collection, including:

  • ·        Work with curatorial staff to perform all aspects of collections management, registration, and curatorial work relating to the influx of craft objects coming into the Collection, including unpacking, identifying, inventorying, photographing, researching, and cataloguing objects for files and EmbARK, the Museum’s collections management database. 
  • ·        Work with curatorial staff to bring the craft collection online through Web Kiosk, our new publicly accessible interface with EmbARK. This includes preparing/uploading images and explanations of artistic media/processes; researching, developing, and uploading biographical materials; assigning keywords/search terms to craft object records; and researching/adding links to other websites for visitors to further explore craft artists, processes, and/or other related materials.
  • ·        Research craft objects from the existing Collection and/or new gifts to write gallery labels for gallery rotations and/or upcoming exhibitions such as Modernist Furniture from Bauhaus to Black Mountain (fall 2020).
  • ·        Curate an in-gallery exhibition focusing on the Museum’s craft collection that aligns with the glass-focused Judith S. Moore Gallery or the more broadly focused Debra McClinton Gallery. Research and implement at least one public program for adults and one docent-training session in conjunction with this exhibition.
  • ·        Work with education staff to research, prepare, conduct, transcribe, and edit 5-10 audio/video interviews with living craft artists in the Collection to add to the Museum’s website, social-media platforms, and/or in-gallery technology. 
  • ·        Develop an understanding of collection-building and the Museum’s accession process by working with curatorial staff to research and prepare justifications for craft objects being considered for acquisition by the collections committee and/or the Collectors’ Circle.

From these experiences, the intern will enhance his/her knowledge of historic and contemporary craft, curatorial practice, educational theory and practice, art handling/exhibition development, object research, and arts management.

Eligibility/qualifications: Candidates must be current graduate or advanced undergraduate students (i.e. enrolled in an accredited program) majoring in art history, American art history, American history, craft history, interdisciplinary studies, material culture, or a related field with a demonstrated research interest in contemporary craft. Recent graduates (i.e. who have graduated no more than six months before the start of the internship) will also be considered. Candidates must have general art-historical knowledge, preferably in American art and material culture; strong research skills; and should be organized, proactive, and motivated. Excellent writing and computer skills are desired, particularly with digital media, spreadsheets, and databases. Experience with website content management systems, and/or audiovisual equipment/editing, is a plus. Candidates must be able to receive and report taxable income for the duration of the internship. Employees, contractors, and board members of the Center for Craft or Asheville Art Museum, and/or their immediate family members, are ineligible to apply, as are past recipients of a Windgate Museum Internship.

Stipend: $5000

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Kristi McMillan

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