In the past two weeks I have received and done so many new projects that it’s almost getting hard to keep track of them all. No complaints here, as I love being busy, and the more things I have to get done the better. I’m still working on documenting the reference library, and along with that I have also started attaching images of objects in the museum collection so that the catalog files are more substantial.
I’ve also been doing a lot of artwork photography, which is definitely a beneficial skill to know when it comes to collections management. For the most part I have been taking pictures of posters, but in did have to take multiple pictures of a new object given to the museum, called “The Gift of the Arctic Refuge”. It was really tricky to photograph it because of the central part of the art which is a necklace made to resemble birds. I had to figure out ways to get good pictures of the birds, and also of the quotes on the birds wings. It really is an amazing piece of art, and you should all check out this YouTube video about it! http://youtu.be/5fWM3i2J57o
In amazing news, the art move is practically over. Things have calmed down, and we are now preparing for inventory. To help with this I have spent the past couple of days making sure that all of the locations are correct (for the pieces we have moved in the last two months). It took a while, but everything should be all set for when we start inventory!
Finally, I’ve realized in the last couple of days how good I am getting at using Excel. This is pretty impressive since Excel has confused me for my whole life. But during this internship I have been getting opportunities that require me putting in equations into Excel. My goodness, life is easier once you have those plugged in! Just recently I had to take 203 pieces and calculate the square footage for each piece, and then add it up to find out how much room we would need to store the artwork. Though it took awhile to put in the equation, once I had that the work became so much easier!
That’s all the news I have for now, but I do have to say that I love this internship because of all the new skills I’m learning!
I hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll post again in two weeks!