Two Students Earn Guggenheim Fellowships – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Two Students Earn Guggenheim Fellowships

Kevin Cervantes ’21 and Camille McGriff ’22 have both been offered internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. The modern art museum is one of the most important repositories in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century.

Camille McGriff '22
Camille McGriff ’22

With the fellowship beginning in the fall, McGriff — an architectural studies and writing and rhetoric double major — is hopeful that the current Coronavirus outbreak will be resolved and she will be “living and working in the museum and using the museum’s library to work on research that I will present while I’m there.”

Located in Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, the museum is one of the most visited attractions in Venice. The base of the collection is Peggy Guggenheim’s own collection, which became part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation upon the heiress’ death in 1979.

Guggenheim interns manage galleries, assist visitors, support museum office staff and participate in educational activities of the museum, including seminars, conferences, guided tours and workshops with children. Each intern is also required to deliver a seminar on modern and contemporary art or their own artistic work or research at the conclusion of their fellowship.

Kevin Cervantes '21
Kevin Cervantes ’21

A sociology major with a minor in art history, Cervantes held a prestigious internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. last summer. He was one of only six undergraduates nationally to earn an internship at the internationally renowned institution.

On campus, Cervantes is a Posse scholar and an America Reads tutor. In 2018, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning named him “Hobart Tutor of the Year.” He is also a member of the Young Democratic Socialists of America.

“Being accepted into the prestigious Peggy Guggenheim Collection — which selects candidates from around the globe — made me feel proud of my myself and my past accomplishments,” says Cervantes. “Gaining insight into the daily workings of a distinguished arts institution is a step toward my goal of working in a museum.”

McGriff says she decided to apply for the internship after a study abroad experience in Seville, Spain. A member of the Hobart and William Smith sailing team, she received a First Year Writing Prize in 2019, is part of the Women’s Collective and works as an O’Laughlin Ambassador in the Office of Admissions.

The Guggenheim is currently closed due to the Coronavirus in compliance with a decree from the President of the Council of Ministers in Italy.