Visual Culture Fund Opportunity

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It is our hope that the Cravens Fund will encourage students to think broadly about internships in the arts, whether that means finding possibilities in their home towns or overseas, working in house museums or special collections.
-Judith Rodenbeck

Our three month break from school during summertime is just long enough to pop into the internship world related to our areas of concentration. It is a time free from class readings and conference work just long enough to miss it, but on the other hand, enough tangible time for a social life as well.

Summer internships are, for many undergraduates, a quintessential activity during break. And for good reason. It is a time to exercise our value and love for theory, readings of methodology, and creative stimulation through writing, for unpaid quasi-career experience.

And there is the unfortunate catch. Internships may be our closest taste of professional success in our field of choice post-graduation, next to the actual job itself. However, more than likely, they don’t compensate, save for maybe a lunch and/or travel stipend. This is not a lifestyle that many students could support without outside help from parents, if that is an option at all.

A noble benefactor of Sarah Lawrence has taken this into account. The newly established Annette McGuire Cravens ’45 Endowed Fund for Summer Internships in Visual Culture is a summer stipend to be awarded to one or more art history students with an internship at an arts-related organization.

Judith Rodenbeck says, “We, the art history faculty, are really excited to be able to offer these stipends to our deserving students. Having a truly enriching summer internship working with visual culture will be a lifetime experience for the awardees, and the Cravens Fund will allow our students to take these on without having to worry quite so much about how to cover living expenses.” The stipend amount is $3,500.

The Cravens Fund recognizes a philosophy of material, creative, and cultural investigation. This is a quality of our philosophy at Sarah Lawrence. Year after year, our pedagogy ingrains us with a sense of stability through skepticism, stemming from our cross-disciplinary curriculum. Sarah Lawrence students are fundamentally prepared to think about visual culture in a broad sense, accomplishing through flexible programs of study and professional opportunities.

Annette Cravens is a reputable collector of archeological and ethnographic objects, and modern art. In 2010, she donated her multimillion dollar, 1,100 piece collection to the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences (MSW ’68) which is today an open installation. Her experience in collecting art objects and her philanthropic endeavors are a familial tradition at the University of Buffalo. Her father Dr. Edgar McGuire was a professor at the institution, and in his memory she donated her collection of medical instruments. In 2007, Cravens was awarded the highest award given by the UB Alumni Association, the Capen Award, for her contributions.

The field of visual arts and culture is an eclectic relationship between hands-on work, reasoning, social history and more. Inarguably, the Cravens Fund is a noble opportunity for our pursuit and exploration in arts related professions, whether that be in an atelier, museum or gallery, or non-profit organization. Interested students should apply by the March 15, 2013 deadline. More information about the application is available through the office of Career Counseling and the Art History department, and the application may be found on MySLC under the Career Counseling tab.

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Kaitlyn is a senior, studying languages, philosophy and art/architectural theory. Currently making artist books.

1 Comment

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Susan Kart

    This is such excellent news and such a well-deserved opportunity for our students.

    SLC turns out remarkable students in the arts every year, and this will give them even more preparation for careers in the arts.

    What a remarkable gift Annette McGuire Cravens has handed to us. I cannot thank her enough.

    -Susan Kart, Professor of African Art, SLC

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