Company: Saint Louis Art Museum
Location: St. Louis, MO 63110 (Botanical Heights area)


Summary: The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to offer two 10-week summer internships for current conservation graduate students. The main focus of the internship is the completion of conservation treatment of several panels of late 18th-century Arthur & Robert wallpaper for installation in the museum’s Decorative Art galleries. The wallpaper, block-printed and stenciled gouache on paper, is in the need of surface cleaning, consolidation, tear mending, lining, loss filling, mounting and inpainting. The internships are part of a multi-year initiative to complete the treatment of 24 wallpaper panels of varying size. While the primary focus will be the wallpaper treatment, the internship will be supplemented with loan examinations and condition reports, preventative maintenance, documentation, and other routine departmental activities.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is an encyclopedic collection of more than 33,000 works. The Conservation Department includes Hugh Shockey, Head of Conservation and Objects Conservator; Raina Chao, Associate Objects Conservator; Miriam Murphy, Assistant Textile Conservator; Courtney Books, Assistant Painting Conservator; and Sophie Barbisan, Assistant Paper Conservator. The summer interns will work directly with Sophie Barbisan and Courtney Books and will be supervised by Sophie Barbisan and Hugh Shockey.

Start and end dates and duration are flexible based on the intern’s academic schedule. The internships will run for a maximum of 10 weeks and the museum will provide a stipend of $6,000 to each intern. Shorter internships will be prorated accordingly. While the museum does not supply housing, summer sublets from local university students may be available.