Second year M.A. student Jessica Cooke has a great internship at International Arts and Artists (IA&A). IA&A is a non-profit visual arts organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and international exposure to the arts. Founded in 1995, IA&A fulfills its mission by providing programs and services to artists, arts institutions, cultural organizations and the public. Jessica is interning with the Traveling Exhibitions Service. This department develops and circulates fine art exhibitions to institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad. These exhibitions cover a broad range of art and cultural concepts from both international and American artists, as well as compiling works from significant collections and art movements world-wide. During its fifteen-year history, the organization has collaborated with more than 300 museums and cultural institutions in 49 states and 30 foreign countries.
As the Traveling Exhibition Registrar Intern, Jessica is responsible for approving shipping arrangements, maintaining checklists, and managing crate lists. She regularly collects Certificates of Insurance, facility reports and condition reports from various venues. Jessica has also been creating artist biographies for the IA&A website and helping with general collection maintenance. Jessica is currently assisting with a deaccession project for the Hechinger Collection. The Hechinger Collection was donated to IAA by John Hechinger, the founder of Hechinger hardware stores. Hechinger used his collection to decorate not only his home but also the headquarters of his chain of stores. Not surprisingly, the collection consists of artwork that utilizes or is themed around tools. It includes works by Fernand Leger, Jim Dine, and Jean Tinguely. Selections from IA&A’s Hechinger Collection are on view in IA&A’s offices and are also exhibited at the Hillyer Art Space. IA&A regularly provides groupings from the collection for tour as with the exhibition Tools in Motion and can loan individual works to other exhibiting institutions. To check out some examples from this collection see their webpage here- http://www.artsandartists.org/exhibitions/hechingerdatabase.html or see below.