Abby Hermosilla Awarded Internship at Art Bridges
Abby Hermosilla, M.A. Art History candidate, has been chosen as one of three summer curatorial interns for the Art Bridges Foundation, an organization founded by Alice Walton and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art whose goal is to bring world-class art to regional/rural museums and galleries.
Among the 100+ applicants, Hermosilla was chosen for her innovative thesis on digital art by African, indigenous, and Black artists and her experience as a curatorial assistant for The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal, an exhibition curated by Assistant Professor of Art History Joseph Underwood that was on view in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery in 2019. The summer position includes research, writing, and collaboration with Art Bridges' curator in order to develop new partnerships with small museums around the United States and a compensation of $3,500.
We asked Abby a few questions about her summer internship.
Q: How do you see this opportunity impacting your future career? Do you see internships as an important element in your education?
A: The Curatorial Internship through the Art Bridges Foundation is an opportunity for me to practice and implement everything I’ve studied so far at Kent State. One of the biggest objectives for Art Bridges is increasing public accessibility to a more intersectional vision of American art by creating links between major art centers, such as New York City, and regional art/university museums throughout the nation. I am specifically interested in engaging with this initiative as it aligns with my research interests in Indigenous, Latinx, and Black feminist and post-colonial theory. This will hopefully greatly impact my academic and professional scope.
Q: What aspect of the internship are you most excited about?
A: Art Bridges is in the process of amassing an exquisite collection of American art which is particularly interested in elevating identities and narratives from marginalized communities. I cannot say too much, but I am very excited about a possible acquisition from the estate of one of my favorite Latinx artists. The fact that I will be able to engage with these works and artists’ estates first-hand is very thrilling!
Q: Can you talk a little about your thesis and how you plan on relating it to your research at Crystal Bridges?
A: My thesis focuses on the emerging intersections of post-colonial feminist theories and the internet. Essentially, it will offer case studies of artists who utilize the internet as a method for contending with the idea of ‘decolonization’ in the post-cyberspace 21st century. Since my thesis will focus on new-media work, I am aiming to deeply engage with virtual-based works in the Art Bridges collection as a means of further developing my research.