BFAAH 2013

European Decorative Arts

About My Co-op Experience

Within the department of European Decorative Arts at the Art Institute, Lauren worked closely with Assistant Research Curator to prepare for the exhibition "Irish Art on a World Stage." She worked on a wide variety of projects including: locating and compiling information about Irish objects in all media, researching the history of theater in Ireland, creating visual aids for the exhibit, gathering information about important houses in Ireland, and corresponding with lenders.

Lauren gained firsthand experience in research and curatorial practices in a large art museum. She was also exposed to the workings of a major loan exhibition, and learned about decorative arts in all media.

About the Employer

The Art Institute's extensive European Decorative Arts Collection contains over 25,000 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass, enamels, and ivory from 1100 to the present. Highlights of the collection include Continental glass; English, French, and German ceramics; English 18th-century silver; French 19th-century silver; and furniture from the early 17th century to the present. The department also contains 1,544 objects in the Arthur Rubloff Paperweight Collection.

About SAIC Co-op Internship Conversations

School of the Art Institute (SAIC) students share their co-op internship experience and what valuable insights they learned along the way.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.