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A passion for the arts

What goes into being an art museum curator, who is responsible for creating a setting for works of art that is both educational and aesthetically pleasing? This summer, Joe Bochynski ’07 is gaining valuable insight into such a career while interning in the curatorial department of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.

“I really hope to learn how a curator functions, he said, explaining that the position encompasses many diverse responsibilities.

He became interested in the internship because of the gallery’s impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. “It’s such a center of visual art, said Bochynski, explaining that much of what he enjoys is the chance to work in such a beautiful and inspiring location. Erected in 1905, the internationally recognized gallery is of the Greco-Roman style and is listed as one of the nation’s oldest public arts organizations.

This summer he has been responsible for conducting research, evaluating artwork and doing administrative tasks. He also writes the wall texts to accompany works of art in the gallery: writing information that is simultaneously simple and sophisticated, in order to address all audiences, he said.

He recently had the rare opportunity to observe up-close several Francis Bacon paintings, in order to examine them for damage. This provided an entirely different, and particularly enjoyable, experience to looking at a painting from a few feet away, as museum patrons do, he said.

Scheduled to graduate in December with degrees in studio art and mathematics, Bochynski is considering graduate school to study art history, and credits the internship with taking what he has learned at HWS and providing an exciting outlet for him to use his expertise.

“What I learned from the HWS Art Department has been most useful, he said. “Because of this internship, I am looking into a future career in the museum field.