Curatorial Internships

Portland Art Museum


Chyna Bounds

Over the course of my internship at the Portland Art Museum my main duty was assisting the Curator of Prints and Drawings, Dr. Mary Weaver Chapin, in the research and curation of two exhibitions. The first exhibition, The Etching of Whistler and His Circle, stemmed from the Museum’s permanent collection and gave me invaluable experience with all aspects of exhibition planning. I was involved in creating the object checklist, conducting artist and object research, writing didactic materials, and exhibition installation. The second, a major multi-media exhibition surrounding the Nabi artists, has given me experience with creating thematic groups and facilitating loan requests and requirements. In addition to working on these exhibitions, I worked with prints from the permanent collection to catalogue paper type and dimensions in order to update object records in the Museum’s collection database, Mimsy. Another aspect of my role as the IFPDA Curatorial Intern was assisting in the planning of the Museum’s yearly Portland Fine Print Fair. This allowed me to further develop my skills with donor relations and the implementation of public and educational programs.

My time spent as the IFPDA Curatorial Intern allowed me to work with virtually every department in the Museum and form relationships with those in the Library, Registrar’s office, Conservation and Photo Studio, among others. My internship at the Portland Art Museum not only taught me about printmaking and the exhibition process, but also prepared for my future curatorial career. It was a privilege to work with Mary Weaver Chapin and the Portland Art Museum and I am grateful for the IFPDA for allowing me this memorable experience.