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2010-2011 Interns

Gloria Bell

2010-2011 Anne Ray Intern

“Research and writing about Aboriginal arts continues to be a journey of self-discovery and also allows me to give voice to those who were silenced in the past. I love to research, write and create Aboriginal art. My name is Gloria Bell and I am a member of the Métis Nation in Ontario.”

Gloria Bell has been chosen as a 2010–2011 Anne Ray Native Intern. She has extensive experience in the arts. This includes being a research assistant with the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts & Culture, gallery assistant at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, Facilitator at the Royal Ontario Museum, intern at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, programs assistant for the McMichael Canadian Art Collections, and gallery assistant at the Union Gallery, Kingston.

Gloria’s experience is impressive, yet she feels she needs to obtain more knowledge and skills in working directly with collections since her career goal includes obtaining a position within a museum or gallery as a researcher and/or curator in Aboriginal arts. While at SAR, she will work to obtain these goals by spending half of her time working on collections/ registration projects, and the other half of her time working on academic/programming projects.

Gloria explains, “The knowledge and skills I build from this internship will give me a richer understanding of the various positions in the museum field and allow me to broaden my practical skills as well as diversify my knowledge on the many Aboriginal nations within North America.”

Gloria is affiliated with the Métis of Ontario and hails from Caledon, Ontario. She received her bachelor’s in Art History at Queen’s University and is currently in the process of completing her Masters in Art History at Carleton University. Gloria will be in residence at SAR from September 1, 2010–May 31, 2011.

Visit Gloria’s blog.

Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust

Gloria Bell, 2010–2011 Anne Ray Intern

Teresa Montoya

2010-2011 Anne Ray Intern

Teresa Montoya has been chosen as a 2010–2011 Anne Ray Native Intern. Hailing from the Diné (Navajo) Nation, she currently lives in Denver, CO. Teresa’s experience includes being a cultural interpreter department intern at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., a volunteer at the Denver Museum of Anthropology, American Indian research services coordinator at the University of Denver’s Center for Multicultural Excellence, and a co-curator for an exhibit on Navajo weaving with male weaver Roy Kady.

Teresa plans to expand her experience in working with collections and sees her time at IARC as an opportunity to build upon prior museum experiences. Her research interests include museum anthropology, new museology, methods of collaboration, Native representation, diversity in museums, and Navajo weaving exhibitions. While at SAR, she will strive to reach these goals by spending half of her time working on collections/ registration projects, and the other half of her time working on academic/ programming projects.

According to her:

“My interest in museum work stems from a desire to help redefine the relationships that museums hold with Native people and more importantly, how we as Native people are redefining the way we are represented in museums. A position in the SAR internship program would grant me the knowledge and skills I need to work with Native collections as a curator and to honor my culture in a personally fulfilling way.”

Teresa is completing her Masters in Anthropology with a museum studies emphasis at the University of Denver. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (art history emphasis) and Spanish. Teresa will be in residence at SAR from September 1, 2010–May 31, 2011.

Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust

Teresa Montoya, 2010–2011 Anne Ray Intern

Joseph Skeets

2011 SAR-SPA Summer Intern

The Summer Policy Academy at the Santa Fe Indian School and the School for Advanced Research signed a memorandum of understanding in 2010 to support one summer intern at the Indian Arts Research Center. The purpose of the internship is to help students affiliated with the Summer Policy Academy gain work experience, broaden their perspectives, and introduce them to the museum field. The SPA and SAR are pleased to welcome Joseph Skeets as the 2011 SAR-SPA summer intern.

Joseph is a member of the Navajo Nation. Originally from Iyanbito, New Mexico, he now calls Santa Fe home. A 2010 graduate of the Santa Fe Indian School, he attends college at Saint Lawrence University in New York, where he is majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science.

While in high school, he participated in cross country, basketball, and track and field. He was student body president and class treasurer. In addition, Joseph was awarded the Elk’s Lodge award for Excellent Students, the High School Prize for Scientific Excellence, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

During his high school career, he participated in the Summer Policy Academy at the Santa Fe Indian School, Futures for Children Youth Leadership Summit, College Horizons, Native Nations Institute, and the Summer Internship Mentorship Program. These programs provided him the opportunity to explore various professions and to acquire leadership, communication, goal-setting, trust, and teamwork skills.

Joseph hopes to one day return to his community and share his experiences with his tribe. He plans to pursue a career in software development and create technology and programs that will help preserve and restore Native cultural traditions.

While at SAR, Joseph will be working on projects related to education, registration, and collections management.

Sponsored by Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy