Jason Middlebrook’s “Your General Store Manager” Independent Study for Fall 2015
Jason Middlebrook (b. Jackson, MI; lives in Hudson, NY) has altered an old shipping container to create a replica of a nineteenth-century general store, reminiscent of another era, when early towns in the west relied on the general store to carry supplies of all kinds. Middlebrook’s general store features handmade and salvaged objects available through barter. Within Your General Store an alternative economy exists, one that is defined by both the clerk and the visitor. The project was originally created as part of SITE Santa Fe’s biennial exhibition series Unsettled Landscapes, which explored the work of contemporary art and cultural production in the Americas. In this independent study the student would be becoming/taking the role of manager of the “Store”. This “manager” would be in charge of things such as inventorying the artwork, quality management of trades, training other staff that will be working at the store, problem solving issues with the store, conservation of works in the store, assisting with the logistics of shipping the store back to NY, and handling issues with art “customers”.
The self motivated student who takes on the role of the “Your General Store Manager” will have on the job training for the role of a public art piece manager- learning the craft of management, organization and administration to help oversee the completion of this public art project. This highly enthusiastic student will ensure the artwork is completed and installed on-time and within budget; coordinate project meetings with the artist (via Skype); works with the Artist, University Art Gallery Director and Gallery Administrator to train other interns or students the art of the trading/barter system ( learn the art of saying “no” to insure that the quality stays high); keep the barter web site up to date every time a trade is made; work with the Artist, University Art Gallery Director and Gallery Administrator to de-install and ship the container back to Hudson, NY. Create a schedule for employees of the store; and make sure that the store is stocked and in working order. This student will learn about art registration, preparation, project management, national shipping, and at times simple conservation.
This opportunity is for-credit which you can register for 1-3 credits, and is open to all NMSU students. While all student levels are welcome, graduate students are preferred. You do not need to be an Art major for this opportunity!
If you are interested in being a part of this phenomenal opportunity and/or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Gallery Administrator, Jasmine Woodul, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 646-2545.
The Education Department of SITE Santa Fe would like to share some exciting internship opportunities for students interested in working within a small, nonprofit contemporary art museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Interns are accepted into specific departments but may work in other areas of museum operations to expand and enrich their experience. Applications are accepted year-round, and interested students may apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall internship position.
Fall internships (September – December): Application deadline is September 1
Spring internships (January – May): Application deadline is December 1
Summer internships (May – September): Application deadline is April 1
To apply for an internship, students must complete an online application form with a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation. The application can be found here: http://sitesantafe.org/become-an-intern/
Departments accepting interns include Education and Outreach, External Affairs, Digital Media, Events/Development, Exhibitions, and Facility.
The Education Department makes contemporary art accessible to a diverse audience through a variety of engaging programs, such as SITE’s Young Curator’s Program, SITE’s Zine Program, the Student Gallery Guide Program, the SITE Scholar Program, the SITE Guide Program, and many Art and Culture Programs featuring lectures, discussions, and performances.
The External Affairs Department focuses on the marketing and promotion of SITE Santa Fe, providing the museum with local, national, and international exposure via web management, media outreach, and the production and distribution of print materials.
The Digital Media Department develops digital communication campaigns amongst many departments at SITE, and works with the Education and External Affairs departments to create, curate, and share content.
The Events/Development Departments gather vital philanthropic support for SITE’s operating expenses, exhibitions, and educational programs via fund raising, and organize special events such as public programs and membership dinners.
The Exhibitions Department organizes and executes exhibitions of cutting-edge contemporary art at SITE, including national and international traveling exhibitions from major artists.
The Facility Department completes the carpentry and mechanical installation necessary to maintain and alter SITE’s dynamic gallery spaces, including building repairs and set-up for public events.
To learn more about the skills required by each of these departments, and the scope of internship duties, students may consult the internship section of SITE’s website: http://sitesantafe.org/education/internships/
All internship positions are unpaid. Small stipends are available, and SITE will assist summer interns with finding housing if needed. Individual hours are flexible, as well as beginning-and-end dates for each internship.
As an intern at SITE, students will become active participants in Santa Fe’s eclectic and world-renowned arts scene. We aim to nurture our talented interns with meaningful projects and treat them as valued members of our organization. Our internships encourage the personal growth, career exploration, and skill development of students interested in pursuing the arts or arts management.
We hope you will share this information with your students for their consideration. Please refer them to Amanda Lee, the Education Coordinator, for any questions they may have regarding internships. Email: email@example.com Phone: 505.989.1199 x14
The Education Department of SITE Santa Fe
Project Postcard 2015
You are cordially invited to participate in the third Project: Postcard exhibit and fundraiser, sponsored by the Department of Art at New Mexico State University. Alumni, students and faculty, friends, former faculty, visiting artists and community artists are welcome and encouraged to be a part of the event by submitting an original work of art, postcard-sized, to be included in the exhibit and presented for sale at the closing event.
Established in 2011, this biennial fundraising event has proved to be a wonderful way to showcase the Department of Art and its alumni, faculty, and friends. Previous 2011 & 2013 Project: Postcard events have yielded $16,000 for the Visiting Artists and Scholarship Program. This year the proceeds will benefit the NMSU Department of Art and the D.W. Williams Hall Renovation. By participating with us, you will be an integral part of the success of this biennial event, as we join together to promote fine art, artists, and the educational mission of the NMSU Department of Art. View the Prospectus and Entry form here: prospectus 3_15
The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University posts opportunities on a regular basis to this page. These opportunities include exhibitions happening in and around the Las Cruces area, as well as in the UAG. Twice a year we post an open call for Exhibition Proposals, and our UAG Banner Project. The UAG is constantly seeking contemporary artists for upcoming exhibitions.
For more information, contact Marisa Sage, Director, NMSU University Art Gallery (firstname.lastname@example.org).