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Mike Kelley, Production Still, Day Is Done (Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions #2-32), 2005/2006

The Getty Marrow Collections Internship at Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts - Summer 2021

About the Foundation

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts advances the artist’s spirit of critical thinking, risk-taking, and provocation in the arts. Established by Kelley in 2007, the Foundation seeks to further Kelley’s philanthropic work through grants to arts organizations and artists for innovative projects that reflect his multifaceted artistic practice.

 The Foundation also preserves the artist’s legacy more broadly and fosters the understanding of his life and creative achievements through educational initiatives including exhibitions, educational events, publications and the preservation and care of the Foundation’s art collections and archives.

About the Collections Department

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts (MKFA) Collections Department oversees a collection of over 1200 artworks by renowned artist Mike Kelley, (1954-2012) including paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture, video, and installation works. In addition, the collection includes over 900 works by other artists collected by Mike Kelley during his lifetime. The Collections Department activities include documentation, conservation, and preservation of collection works, as well as management of an active loan program.

About the Internship

The Getty Marrow Collections Intern will support the activities of the Collections Manager and Registrar as they engage in preparation for upcoming exhibitions featuring collection artworks. 

Activities will include:

●      Conducting condition reports for outgoing works using the Exhibii system

●      Preparing loan forms

●      Assessing framing and display options

●      Researching artworks in Mike Kelley’s personal art collection

●      Reviewing institutional facility reports

●      Facilitating information and image requests from curatorial teams

●      Verifying database entries for outgoing artwork loans

Additionally, the intern will spend one day per week in support of the MKFA Archivist, using information literacy skills to research, select, and catalog URLs of web-published content that document Kelley’s exhibition history. Using these experiences as a background, the intern will be asked to propose an educational feature for the Art Collection section of the MKFA website. Training will include working with Filemaker Pro, Portfolio Extensis, and Exhibii, as well as instruction in proper handling and packing of art objects. The intern will come away with a working understanding of Collections and Archives work, and gain experience working with a small but mighty non-profit team

The Getty Marrow Collections Intern must:

●      Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;

●      Be currently enrolled undergraduates (bachelor's degree program, associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate level). Students must have completed at least one semester or two quarters of college by June 2021. Students who graduated after April 1, 2021 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)

●      Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and

●      Be a United States citizen or permanent resident (non-citizen authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis; also known as a "green card" holder). Students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status valid through the internship period are also eligible.

The Getty Marrow Collections Intern should:

●      Be detail-oriented and organized

●      Be an excellent communicator both verbally and written

●      Have strong computer skills

●      Preferably have an art history or fine arts background, but not required

Compensation, Schedule & Equipment

This is a paid consecutive 10-week internship from June 7 to August 13, 2021. The deadline to submit applications is Saturday, April 24 at 5 PM PST.

Work will be remote, with equipment and support provided by the MKFA. Site work, if any, will be considered in strict adherence to CDC and other guidelines.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a résumé, cover letter, and a reference (either letter of recommendation or contact information) to by April 24, 2021.

It is the policy of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

This opportunity is made possible with support from The Getty Foundation. The internships are intended for outstanding students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts. Learn more about The Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship Program HERE