Sarah Fox

By SarahFoxIntern | May 23, 2013

Hello CAM Raleigh readers! My name is Sarah Fox, and I was a Program Intern at CAM Raleigh for the Spring 2013 semester. My background is in architectural design as I am a current 5th year architecture student at the NCSU College of Design. This internship gave me the opportunity to explore museum life as well as the opportunity to better understand the role of an educator in the arts. 

During my time at CAM, I was lucky enough to participate in weekend workshops, First Fridays, and Family Sundays. Each of these activities involve introducing the community to various art and design projects. The weekend workshops are generally for middle and high school students but several are also open to adults. These workshops concentrate on a certain skill or idea such as urban drawing or photoshop work. First Fridays incorporate an activity that relates to the current exhibitions. This way, museum patrons can interact with the artwork in a capacity for making rather than just viewing. For Family Sundays, the museum opens the classroom for families to enjoy a making a simple project together. 

One of my favorite weekend workshops was the Alistair McClymont tornado making artist workshop. High School and Middle School aged children gathered in teams to make a tornado. This was made with a cardboard box structure with side vents, dry ice, and a fan to suck the dry ice vapor through the top of the box. Everyone had a fantastic time and Alistair was on hand to teach this technique to the kids. Alistair had a much larger version of the tornado on exhibit in the museum, sans dry ice. This video shows one of the final, spinning products!

As in intern, I am tasked with planning one of the First Friday Creation Station projects. I chose to relate my project to Ryan Travis Christian's exhibition in the lower gallery. Ryan's work is inspired by 1930's cartoons and pop art. It is full of bold radial lines and personified characters. Drawing from these themes, I decided to present black and white decorated glasses as the activity for the Creation Station. The glasses frames were provided, and the museum patrons could make a pattern on the lenses that evoked the spirit of Ryan Travis Christian's work. This event was wildly fun as everyone wore their glasses around the museum to look at the art. 

My first Family Sunday was in the month of February. As a result, it was Valentine's Day themed! We made "love bugs;" little creatures made from construction paper heart shapes. Children and parents alike had a great time gluing on googly eyes to their precious creatures.

This is only a small survey of the wonderful programs I took part in creating during my time at CAM Raleigh. I learned so much about planning crafts for people of all ages and techniques to connect the museum-goers with the art in a more three dimensional way. Working with the fantastic staff and patrons here at the museum has been one of my most rewarding and fun experiences. I hope to be involved with CAM for a long time to come. 

Travis Walsh puts the “Bro” in “Broach”.

By traviswalsh | May 20, 2013

My name is Travis Walsh. I'm a graduate of Apex High School and I have spent my spring semester as an Education Intern for CAM Raleigh. Over the past four months I have had the time of my life helping out around CAM. I have had the chance to help out with some amazing programs such as Arthouse 2013, the Teen Art Exhibition, and First Friday and work with artists like Ryan Travis Christian. 

Before coming to CAM I had never been a part of First Friday. So I wasn't really sure what to expect. It was a very new and different experience. I ran the Creation Station at the March First Friday where we made broaches with volunteers from Oaks + Spokes. People of all ages came and enjoyed the creation station. They always had smiles on their faces and were raving about First Friday. 

Towards the end of my internship I had a chance to work with CAM's Teen Council on the Teen Art Exhibition. I was tasked with collecting and cataloging art for the exhibition. The theme for the show was "Greater Than, Less Than" and it encouraged students to work on a very large scale or a very small scale. Pieces ranged from a robot the size of your finger to an eight foot wide painting of a cow. When the show opened people were able to cast ballots for their favorite pieces. The show drew tons of attention during the May First Friday. 

I have to say my favorite time at CAM was when I helped out Cayce Lee with her all day printmaking workshop. I have never had the chance to work with printmaking before, so it was a learning process for me as well. The workshop taught students basic print making skills and how to use stencils to design t-shirts. I had the chance to do some printing myself and had tons of fun helping out Cayce with her workshop. 

My time here at CAM has been an unforgettable experience. From painting walls to sorting papers, I feel like I have done it all. My internship has helped me realize that Raleigh has a booming art culture that isn't going to stop growing anytime soon. My time here at CAM has been amazing, and I look forward to helping out with future events. 

Jeanna Interns at CAM!

By internjeannay | January 9, 2013

Hey! I am Jeanna Young and I was an Art Education intern for my Fall 2012 semester. I feel so lucky to have been able to get a behind the scenes look at the workings of CAM! In the education department there is never a dull moment and Nicole or Julia always had a plan that they wanted me to help put into action. It was really cool to get to watch the brainstorming process of professional museums workers. It was as if each art workshop was a piece of art in itself complete with a unique process.

My first art workshop that I assisted with was Urban Drawing taught by Scott Renk. During this workshop students learned the basics of field drawing in the urban atmosphere. Scott brought a variety of tools for the students to sketch with including an awesome fountain pen that the students took turns using. We started off by the Amtrak station, which was more rural with a field, barbed fence, and the Raleigh skyline ahead. Then, we moved into the city moving on every few minutes that that the students could get multiple vantage points of the city. This workshop opened my eyes to the beauty of downtown Raleigh. Through drawing my surroundings I was forced to notice my city of Raleigh on a more intimate level and was able to fall in love a little more with the city in which I live.

I especially enjoyed helping out with the First Friday creation station because of the wide group of people that it attracted. The beauty of the creation station activity is that it is made so all ages can enjoy it. Grandparents can get just as much satisfaction out of the activity as their elementary aged grandchildren. The creation station is very inviting and gives museum goers the ability to not only appreciate art but put their creative juices to work! The October First Friday used magazine collage to combine text with image. Using the materials provided participants were able to create mini cartoon sequences, political statements based on the upcoming election, and a wide variety of unique collage pieces of art!

As part of our internship Katie and I were given the opportunity lead a First Firday Creation Station. Katie headed the September Frist Friday which was based off of the exhibition “Girl Talk.” Participants created interesting visual and social statements from stenciled and cut out letters of different size, font, boldness and color.
I was assigned the December First Friday. Brainstorming for the event started about a month ahead of time. After coming up with a few ideas that might work I layed out a lesson plan for each idea, with an outline including the designated age group, the project steps, and materials needed with a rough estimate of the budget. With help form Nicole and Juila I was able to create a final lesson plan for the event! The project uses potato stamps and recycled t-shirts to create fun wearable pieces of art. The project is inspired by the renowned artist’s, Angel Otero’s, exhibition. Angel reconstructs dried paint skins on a canvas to create beautiful compositions. He process is about exploration of ones materials as much as it is the final product.
I was impressed by the creative accessories and garments that were created!

December Family Sunday was a highlight of my experience at CAM. The Triangle Ballet performed beautiful pieces from the Nut Cracker and put everyone in the Holiday spirit. Up in the crafts center children were able to make their own snow globes from gumdrops, peppermint pieces, and “fake snow.” At the other workstation children created their own holiday finger puppets made from coin wrappers and a vast array of googely eyes, mini fuzzies, pipe cleaners, and colored paper.

Interning at CAM has been an amazing experience. It was so much fun to work in an environment that encourages creativity in the workplace CAM has made me realize that it is possible to go into the “real world” and still do what you love. I look forward to helping out with future CAM events!

My Experience as a Program Intern!

By Katelyn Scheuerle | December 18, 2012

           Hey everyone!!! My name is Katie Scheuerle and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Design Studies at NC State's College of Design. For the fall semester of my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to be an Education Program Intern at CAM Raleigh. This internship has allowed me to meet a bunch of incredible people and participate and assist in many of the wonderful programs hosted at CAM Raleigh, such as Family Sundays, First Fridays, and the 2012 Presidential Election Party.

           Family Sunday was one of my first big programs at CAM and one of my favorites. It allows families in the community to come interact with the exhibitions at CAM and participate in a variety of fun hands-on activities. I was able to experience a Halloween themed Family Sunday called Monster Mash-Up, where the children and their parents would dress up early in their Halloween costumes (I was a mouse). During this program I setup materials so that each child and parent could make a monster mask and ghost to take home with them! It was entertaining to make crafts with the kids and it was neat to see how differently and creatively children view the exhibitions.

           Family Sunday
           Over my internship, I was able to be a part of two First Fridays (November and December). First Friday is an event that happens once a month around the Raleigh area and showcases many Art Museums and Galleries to the public. Each First Friday, CAM puts on a variety of programs for the public to view and participate in. The November First Friday included a DJ, food trucks, student docents, and the Wear Your Words Creation Station put on by yours truly! The Creation Station acts as a place for visitors to stop by and create a craft to take home with them that is inspired by one of our exhibitions at CAM. I chose to include the work of Kim Rugg and Maya Schindler from the exhibition Girl Talk as the basis for November’s Creation Station. Each guest had the opportunity to make a wearable pin that was made up of a word/words that created a message or statement for the rest of the people to see. The pins not only provoked thought, but created a sense of unity and expressiveness. We used newspaper clippings and stencils to create an impact with the different words and phrases on the pins. The December First Friday was inspired by Angel Otero and involved potato stamping fabrics to create wearable pieces of art. This creation station was very expressive and fun for the guests to be able to uses lots of bright colors. Overall First Fridays were one of my favorite parts of working at CAM, because it was an event that brought the public together and created awareness of the arts.

November First FridayFirst Friday
          Towards the end of my experience, CAM hosted an Election Party for the 2012 Presidential Election. This was an event that I was eager to help with, because I thought that the environment of people in the Jonathan Horowitz exhibit would be very exciting to experience while the results of the election were being released. For the Election Party, I assisted with the set up and greeted guests as they walked in the door! The ability to see the different political opinions and the comparison between the opposing parties news stations was an interesting way to welcome in the results and the new president of the United States. It was an opportunity that comes only once every four years and I’m glad I was able to spend this experience at CAM.

Over the course of my semester at CAM, I was able to meet and work with a group of inspiring people. This internship taught me that it’s not only important to put on an enjoyable program for others but also to be able to appreciate it and gain knowledge from the experience. By working at programs with designers of all ages, I have begun to see how different everyone’s thinking and creative process’s are. Through my experiences here I have been able to cherish that the art created by four year old child is just as beautiful and unique as the art created by an eighty year old. Everyone designs and creates differently and I hope to spend more time at CAM in the future collaborating with other designers

CAM Raleigh Summer Internship: An Experience Like No Other!

By Tamar | August 10, 2012

There was a time when a visitor had to step into a museum to see its collections. Those times have changed. The 21st century museum visitor can visit a museum from the comfort of their living room, and depending on the institution, see online exhibitions, and download gallery talks or browse the collection. Visitor expectations of museums have changed as well; no longer do visitors expect that all museums have a permanent collection. It is much more about the ideas that are being presented in the exhibits than the collections that are housed within the museum. CAM Raleigh exceeds these expectations and brings to the community a non-collecting museum that is focused on presenting exhibitions that inspire, and educate.

My name is Tamar Harris and I have been an Exhibitions Intern this summer from May through August 2012. I am concluding my Master of Art in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. As part of my degree program I secured this internship and I have worked with the Gallery and Exhibitions Manager on both exhibition specific and general curatorial activities. This internship has provided me with real world museum experiences and I have had an opportunity to be involved with a variety of substantive tasks. My first project thrust me into the museums first Arthouse auction.

I had an opportunity to prepare didactic labels, install them and assist with the exhibition preparations for the opening of the event. It was exciting to see all the works of art installed in the main gallery of the museum.

There is a great deal of collaboration between the programs and exhibitions at the museum. I was assigned to work with the Education program on the Teen Art Exhibition. The teen art council designed the layout of the exhibition. I installed the exhibition, exhibition signage, worked on the lighting and posted the didactic labels throughout the exhibition. It was really nice to see how the high school students' project culminated with this exhibition, and their work was just fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed working with the other departments within the museum on this assignment. 

In addition to working on the exhibitions, I learned how to update the museum website, worked on exhibition loan contracts, performed research and of course, did my fair share of general curatorial activities too. There were so many aspects to this internship; from the exhibitions that I preformed specific tasks on such as the José Lerma—The Credentalist exhibition, to the upcoming GirlTalk exhibition and everything in between. I have gained a solid understanding of standard museum practices and am more familiar with the curatorial functions within the museum setting as a result. I loved all the hands-on assignments!

This experience has been invaluable to me….Thanks CAM Raleigh and especially Kate Shafer for making this an invaluable component to my education!