Summer 2019 International Fine Print Dealers Association (ifpda) Internship - (stipend)

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is seeking an International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Intern for a summer internship position. General Description of Program: Working directly with a curator, collection specialist, registrar, and conservator, the IFPDA Summer Intern will help with the preparation, classification, and cataloging of a large collection of rare books and artists’ books. They will also assist in conducting an inventory of this portion of the museum’s collection.  The intern will participate in the day-to-day operations of a curatorial department and assist in a range of activities, from clerical assistance and collection research to gallery installation. The intern will be exposed to the materials and techniques represented in a works-on-paper collection and gain familiarity with museum registration and curatorial procedures, learning about the care and cataloguing of works on paper. They will also develop a working knowledge of a museum database. Schedule:  The internship will last from mid-July to mid-August 16, 2019  This internship is a total of 24 hours per week for 6 weeks (preferably Tues-Fri, 6 hours a day) Duties: 

Learn basic works on paper cataloguing procedures Learn art museum inventory process Identify photography needs for the collection Learn to characterize general object condition Learn installation techniques for the display of artists’ books

 Educational Opportunities: 

Receive training in the handling and care of rare and artists’ books Observe installation of an artists’ book exhibition Develop a working knowledge of a museum database Gain familiarity with museum registration and curatorial procedures, learning about the cataloguing of works on paper Learn to identify basic print techniques 

Qualifications:  Required: BA graduate with major in art history (experience with fine art prints or artists’ books preferred) with strong attention to detail  Preferred: Skill in Microsoft suite; some familiarity with a European language (French, German, Italian, or Spanish); experience handling fine art and art materials; some library science or editorial experience   Application Deadline: May 27, 2019  A $3,000 stipend will be provided. There are no benefits associated with this temporary role. 

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s largest public arts institutions and comprise the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco. COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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Posted on:

17 May 2019

Closes on:

27 May 2019 23:55



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Conservation, Curatorial, Registration

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Part-time/Non-benefited (< 20 hours/week)

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