Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Education: University of Miami (FL) Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, art history and classics (minor in chemistry and biology)
Current: Candidate for a Master of Art History at Boston University
The Ringling: Could you tell me about your current art history degree program and how this internship fits into it?
Angelica: Boston University is awesome. I recently made a switch from classics art history to Latin American art history. I have been focusing more on that. I did a lot of work for “Behind Closed Doors” the exhibition that is coming in the fall. I have been putting together the entire docent training manual for that, picking out key vocabulary and writing a fare and share about it. So it has been awesome because it is what I am already studying.
Does your interest in Latin American art stem from spending time in Miami?
Kind of, I had never really studied Latin America Art or modernism, until I took an amazing class my first semester at Boston University. In Latin American in the turn of the century from the 1800s to the 1900s there was a huge push for Classicism in Latin American art. Everyone was going back to Classical roots in a way that Europe bases everything on classical proportion in Greek and Roman Art, Latin America started doing that with the Aztecs and the Incas as their classical tradition.
In typical Western art history you see that progression. That’s why I always loved the Classics, that is basis, the most perfect, the most original, the oldest and the best. So to see that happening in Latin America, in a field that’s newer without a lot of scholarship in English is an awesome process.
What are some of the other areas your internship covered?
I mentioned working on “Behind Closed Doors.” I wrote the Compare and Share, which compares works in the exhibition to works in our permanent collection. It compares the different themes such as Western art canon and Latin American art. That was an interesting thing to do. I already mentioned the docent training manual.
I also did a lot with summer circus, which I enjoyed. I have a lot of experience at children’s museums. I worked at the Miami Children’s Museum for two years, and I have been a nanny in Boston. So I worked a lot with the kids during the summer circus here.
What have you learned during your experience here?
Well I have to say that I love it here. It has been awesome. I grew up coming here so I already loved it, but it has been great to go behind the scenes, see how it has been run and what goes into that. This is the fifth museum that I have worked in so it is fun to see how The Ringling operates because it has so many different components: a circus museum, an art museum and a historic house. You basically never get three difference aspects on one campus. It is fun to see how they mesh, and at times how they contrast.
Do you have any fun moments that stand out?
We have a scavenger hunt for the camp kids in the Tibbals Learning Center after the 11 a.m. Summer Circus Spectacular show. The kids look for our character Patch the parrot. The kids often think that they are looking for a real parrot. One little boy asked me if Patch was still alive (Patch is based on one of Mabel Ringling’s pet parrots). I told him that sadly, Patch is no longer with us. And he then got excited and asked, “Are we looking for his bones?”
What’s next for you?
I have one more year at my program in Boston. I am looking for jobs in museum education. It is where my interests and background are. I still have family in Sarasota, so I will still drop by The Ringling.