The Art Museum of WVU has selected participants for its second Art Museum Faculty Fellowship and Jacknowitz Summer Internship for Summer 2023.
Dr. Erik Herron, Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science at WVU, will serve as the second Art Museum of WVU Faculty Fellow. Funded through private donations through the WVU Foundation, the Faculty Fellowship is designed to provide the opportunity for faculty and instructors from across disciplines to enhance their teaching and scholarship by engaging with the Art Museum’s permanent collection of more than 4,000 objects.
Over a period of four weeks this summer, Herron will work closely with curator Robert Bridges, and curator of education Dr. Heather Harris to select works from the museum’s collection and develop an exhibition and related materials for display in the McGee Gallery in Fall 2024. Herron will integrate the exhibition into his course, “Elections and Political Parties Around the World” (POLS 345), and also present a public program at the Art Museum during the run of the exhibition.
Herron was selected from a pool of applicants to an open call to all WVU clinical, teaching and service track faculty as well faculty equivalents and other professionals with teaching responsibilities. Dr. Lisa Di Bartolomeo held the inaugural fellowship last summer, which culminated in the current exhibition, "In/Humanity: Combat and War in Art," on view through May 14.
Claire Davis will serve as the Art Museum’s third Jacknowitz Summer Intern, an opportunity made possible through the generosity of donors to the Abby Robin Jacknowitz Endowed Fund at the WVU Foundation established by Linda and the late Art Jacknowitz.
From Rochester, New York, Davis is currently finishing her second year as a Technical Art History major in the School of Art & Design in the College of Creative Arts. Davis hopes to pursue a graduate degree in textile conservation after finishing her BA at WVU. As a two-month paid internship, Davis will have the opportunity to work in all areas of the museum, including exhibition and program development, collection cataloguing and research, and administration and operations.
Both positions are central to the Art Museum’s land-grant service efforts in engaging both students and faculty in object-centered learning and professional development. For more information on the Art Museum of WVU, visit artmuseum.wvu.edu.