This summer, I cataloged approximately one thousand works. I got to spend valuable time understanding systems of archiving and museum databases. More importantly than that, I gained a real love for prints. Before this experience, I had very little exposure to prints and did not really consider them as a fine art. I did not know what a catalogue raisonne, or even a state, was. Throughout the summer, I worked on a variety of projects with prints from 17th Century Dutch works to Japanese ukiyo-e prints to Inuit stone cut prints. Each of these projects were filled with many new discoveries for me about the range and beauty of prints. From the timeless comedy of Daumier to the mystifying wonder of a Bruegel, the fine art value of prints was impressed upon me.
Going forward with all this new information as I apply to graduate school, I hope to incorporate prints into my art historical research much more frequently. I intend to eventually go into academia and share my newfound love of prints with future generations. Instead of dismissing prints, I now look forward to embracing and even seeking them out in my scholarship. The RISD print department has a wonderful collection that I was lucky to learn and work with. Furthermore, the way they allow students and professors to interact directly with works is inspiring and will hopefully be a large part of teaching in the future.