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2022-2023 Interns

Wayne Nez Gaussoin

2022-2023 Anne Ray Intern

Wayne Nez Gaussoin (he/him/his), of Picuris Pueblo and the Navajo Nation, is an artist and emerging museum professional based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gaussoin has been working as a professional artist for nearly twenty years, selling his work through his studio and website, juried art markets, and galleries around the country. In 2009, Gaussoin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and later went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts with a minor in Museum Studies at The University of New Mexico in 2016. Throughout his professional career, Gaussoin has engaged with museum work through a variety of roles including exhibitor, artist-in-residence, curating consultant, and exhibit designer. Additionally, he worked as the Assistant Curator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 2018-2020.

While at SAR, Gaussoin hopes to gain more firsthand experience in collections management and registration. He is also looking forward to pursuing opportunities for local outreach to strengthen his connection to Pueblo communities; in addition, Gaussoin has expressed “…a desire to work with [his] own Pueblo community by researching Picuris history” and working with youth on an art-related language preservation project. Once he completes his internship, Gaussoin intends to continue working in the museum field and is considering a PhD in the future. 

Gaussoin will spend half his time at SAR working on collections management/registration projects and the other half on academic/programming projects.

Wayne Nez Gaussoin will be in residence from September 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023. 


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Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Anne Ray Intern 2022-2023
Photo courtesy of Wayne Nez Gaussoin

Penske McCormack

2022-2023 Anne Ray Intern

Penske McCormack (they/them/theirs) comes to us from Denver, Colorado where they are completing a master’s degree in Museum and Heritage Studies through the department of Anthropology at the University of Denver. McCormack’s master’s thesis, Examining museum decolonization, Indigenization, and Indigenous cultural sovereignty in the context of crest pole stewardship in U.S. museums, focuses on the collaborative stewardship of two Haida crest poles by the Denver Art Museum and the descendants of master carver Dwight Wallace. Prior to attending graduate school in Denver, McCormack received their Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. They have previously worked as an Assistant Registrar at the Georgia Museum of Art and held internships with Jones Abbe Art Conservation and Conservation Studio at the National University of Singapore Museum.

McCormack’s primary areas of interest include NAGPRA, Indigenous museologies, and Indigenous collections care. While interning at the IARC, McCormack hopes to gain more hands-on experience with Native American collections and to further build out their museological skill set and knowledge base. On the opportunity to work at SAR, McCormack has stated that they are “…particularly interested in having first-person experience working in an institution that emphasizes ethical practices with Indigenous communities.”

While at SAR, McCormack will spend half their time working on collections management/registration projects and the other half of their time working on academic/programming projects.

Penske McCormack will be in residence from September 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023. 


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Penske McCormack, Anne Ray Intern 2022-2023
Photo courtesy of Penske McCormack


Colloquium: 2022-2023 Anne Ray Interns

2022-2023 Anne Ray Interns, Wayne Nez Gaussoin and Penske McCormack present on the research they have been working on while in residence at SAR.  Check back later for more details!

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