February 28, 2014—For the second year in a row, the Mead offered the January interterm course Beyond Shopping: Acquiring Art for the Mead, in which students learned the ins and outs of museum acquisitions in anticipation of the annual Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Project.
This year’s five-day course included readings and discussions about how (and why) museums collect art; an examination of previous years' student-selected acquisitions; an exploration of different printmaking techniques (including a hands-on session making potato prints!); a field trip to a regional art gallery to vet candidates for acquisition; the selection of prospective prints for purchase; the creation of teams of students advocates for each option; deep research into the prints in question; and a mock-court presentation in which each team argued the case for its selection, and audience members voted by secret ballot for the option best suited to the Mead.
Curious to see the result? The selected work, Peter Milton’s Sightlines I, Tracking Shot, the first digital print to enter the Mead’s collection, will go on view in a memorable student-curated display at the museum beginning Friday, May 2, 2014.
The Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Project honors the Mead's former Curator of American Art by allowing student participants to research, select, and acquire for the permanent collection a contemporary American print with ties to this region. The Mead gratefully accepts donations in any amount to support this meaningful project.