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Internships at LACMA

From: Mark Gilberg <mgilberg>
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Camilla Chandler Frost Summer Internship Program - 2007/2008
Conservation Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Conservation Center is offering
two internships for summer study in the following sections: Objects
Conservation, Conservation Research, and Textile Conservation.

Description:  The Camilla Chandler Frost Conservation Internship
Program Endowment provides funding for travel from a conservation
student's school and a stipend while working at the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art.  This year's stipend is $320 per week ($2,560
for eight weeks, $3,200 ten weeks, or $3,840 twelve weeks).  The
stipend is intended to pay for food and lodging.  A travel allowance
of $1,000 is provided to reimburse the student for round trip travel
from the graduate school location to Los Angeles and to offset
relocation expenses (as appropriate).

Internship Opportunities:

Objects Related Projects: Projects will be tailored to the student's
skill level to enable the student to gain experience with basic
objects conservation procedures in a large museum setting. Possible
projects include the treatment of an outdoor, water feature by
Alexander Calder that has painted paddles upon which hard water
deposits form. Removal of these deposits is an ongoing challenge for
which a solution is sought. This student project could include the
development of a poultice that would soften the deposits for easy,
in situ removal.

Conservation Research Projects:  The conservation science laboratory
is currently undertaking a number of research projects involving the
examination, documentation, and analysis of works or art. These
projects should appeal to students interested in obtaining
experience on a number of instruments routinely used in conservation

Textile Related Projects: LACMA's Costume and Textile Department is
in the process of acquiring an exceptional collection of European
costume and accessories dating from 1720-1915.  The collection
consists of 250 men's, women's and children's costume as well as 300
accessories.  The Textile Conservation Lab will be examining each
piece to assess its present condition and what course of treatment
will be necessary, if any.  A costume and textiles conservation
intern is needed to work under the supervision of the senior textile
conservator to prepare incoming condition reports and write brief
recommendations for a course of treatment and a prognosis for each
object. This information will assist the curatorial staff in making
their final selections for a major exhibition of the collection to
open in fall 2009.

If you have any questions regarding the projects, please do not
hesitate to contact either John Hirx, Conservator <jhirx [at] lacma__org>,
Frank Preusser <fpreusser [at] lacma__org>, or Catherine McLean
<cmclean [at] lacma__org> respectively.

Term:  The internship will run from eight to twelve weeks, depending
upon the agreement between the student, section head and the
Director of Conservation.

Eligibility:  To be eligible for the C.C. Frost Summer Internship
Program, a candidate must be enrolled full time in a recognized
graduate school conservation program or an advanced undergraduate
chemistry major and successfully complete the museum's employment
application and background check performed by LACMA's Human
Resources Department.  The Conservation Center received very few J-l
Visas annually; therefore international students should be aware of
this limitation.

Application Procedure:  Interested candidates should submit the
following materials in English: curriculum vitae, a letter of
interest in the particular project and two supporting letters from
conservation/university professionals or teachers familiar with the
student's work.

Materials should be postmarked no later than March 15, 2007 and sent

    Mark Gilberg
    Director of Conservation
    Conservation Center
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    5905 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles CA 90036

The decision for the Summer of 2007 will be made by April 1, 2007.
Successful applicants will be notified by telephone and mail.

Mark Gilberg, MS, PhD
Suzanne D. Booth and David G. Booth
Conservation Center Director
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036
Fax: 323-857-4754

                  Conservation DistList Instance 20:37
                 Distributed: Friday, February 2, 2007
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Received on Tuesday, 30 January, 2007

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