Posts Tagged ‘Intern’

Public Art in Gaithersburg

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Jennifer was one of our Public Art Survey Interns for Summer 2012. Read on to learn more about her experience surveying public art in Gaithersburg.

This internship experience made me notice and appreciate our community’s public art more than ever before. Personally, I would have to say that my favorite public art piece from the Gaithersburg area would be the bronze metal columns from Watkins Mill High School. I remember when I walked into the school and immediately this piece of art caught my eye. Something about the bronze metal and the color scheme appealed to me. I thought it was very interesting how the artist combined science, mathematics, and culture into one abstract piece of art.

Untitled by Evelyn Rosenberg at Watkins Mill High School

Another one of my favorite artworks was the Past, Present, and Future ceramic mural by Cheryl Foster at the Upper County Community Center. I thought it was amazing how Foster incorporated pieces of old toys in her mural. Although this piece of art has some damage, it has a meaningful place in our community. I hope this piece will be repaired and preserved so that others can enjoy it. [Editor's Note: Past, Present, and Future will be assessed by a public art conservator. Look out for a blog post about it!]

Past, Present and Future by Cheryl Foster and Cheryl Teichberg at the Upper County Community Center

Also at Stone Mill Elementary School, the Flower Clock and seven-panel mosaic mural by Lilli Ann, Marvin, and Ben Rosenberg were one of my favorite pieces. I loved how the mural was very bright and colorful, depicting flowers and a farm-like scene.

The Flower Clock by Ben, Marvin & Lilli Ann Rosenberg at Stone Mill Elementary School

My experience at AHCMC has helped me understand the importance of conserving public art and how it adds character to our community.

Exploring the Works on Paper Collection: Richard Anuszkiewicz

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

When I volunteered to help out with AHCMC’s Works on Paper collection, I had no idea what to expect. Works on Paper – could be anything, right? So imagine my delight when, during my first day going through the list of works, I came across Untitled, a silkscreen by Richard Anuszkiewicz.

Untitled, Richard Anuszkiewicz. Silkscreen, 25 1/2"H x 19 1/2"W, 1965ca. Our inventory #: WP0016

Born in Erie, PA to Polish parents, Anuszkiewicz is a true American artist. After getting his degree from the Cleveland Institute of Arts, his painting underwent a major change when he got the chance to study under Josef Albers at Yale. Albers – another artist in our collection – was a leading abstract painter and color theorist, and under his guidance, Anuszkiewicz began to explore a more abstract vision.

It may seem easy to dismiss this type of abstract work if you don’t know the ideas behind it. Actually, though, this piece is a look at how our perception of one color is affected by the colors and light around it. It examines the way our eyes work, and the ways in which they can deceive us. To see examples of these, click here. Then go back and look at the Anuszkiewicz work. Don’t you wonder whether the color you think you see is the color that’s actually there? I, for one, find it pretty fascinating that the color I see might not actually be painted there.

The work owned by Montgomery County is one of the works Anuszkiewicz produced after his studies with Albers, since it is not realistic. Based on the colors and patterns, it’s quite likely that the work dates from the mid-to-late sixties. And thanks to Montgomery County and AHCMC, this beautiful work is available in a county office for staff – and visitors, which means you and me – to enjoy!

Hello Everyone!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Hi all! My name is Sophia Stellabotte and I currently am on board at AHCMC! I am working towards my undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and I thought that the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County would be a great place to intern this summer.

So far, I am truly enjoying my experience. The staff presented the IGNITE! Conference at the Universities at Shady Grove a couple of weeks ago.  I found that I began interning at the perfect time because I had the opportunity to experience something as wonderful as IGNITE! I was really impressed on the amount of work that was put into the conference but it surely paid off.

I have already begun my experience at AHCMC full force and I will continue to do so for the rest of the summer.  Who knows what next week will bring!