The Ringling Art Library Summer Internship Experience

Hello everyone!  This is Sarah Burris, The Ringling Art Library summer intern.   I recently received my Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Museum Studies from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio).  I also have my Master of Fine Arts from the same university.  Having grown up in Florida, I have enjoyed being back in the sunshine especially in such beautiful surroundings!  My internship has consisted of a variety of fun projects: interlibrary loan, reference, collection development, digitization of rare John Ringling library portfolios, and planning ROAR! pre-story time activities.

Here are images of me leading the ROAR! group (click on image):


I have really enjoyed digitizing the John Ringling rare portfolios.  I made several interesting discoveries. Both portfolios are available to view. While researching Peinture decorative : Panneaux executés dans les ateliers de Arthur Martin et reproduits par la photographie, the biggest challenge was finding Arthur Martin.  Arthur Martin (1801–1856) is attached to the cataloging information; however the portfolio was published 26 years after his death.  The two Arthur Martins were coincidentally both 19th century French artists.  Arthur Martin (1801-1856) was a Jesuit priest whose designs were medieval in stylization and largely religious.  The whimsical Neo-Louis XIV illustrations simply did not match up.  I finally located that the Arthur Martin Studio was based in Paris, France and in operation from 1860 to 1914 (Sue Kerry’s Neo-Classicism to Pop).  These illustrations would have been used to create decorative wall panel illustrations.

By happenstance, while researching Dessins applicable à l’email, aux vitraux, aux arts ceramiques, etc. par Grandhomme, peintre-émailleur I discovered that a bracelet painted by Paul Victor Grandhomme matched an illustration within the portfolio.  The portfolio includes an illustrated plate of Diana the huntress, visible on previous post.  Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France) houses Bracelet Diane (1883) in their permanent collection.  The four sequential images at the bottom of the portfolio illustration correlate to the painted enamel of Bracelet Diane.

Click on image:
Diana the huntress

The 10-week summer internship at The Ringling Art Library has been a truly rewarding experience working with great mentors, building new skill sets, learning how The Ringling operates as a whole, and developing friendships.  I am very sad that this is the last week!


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One response to “The Ringling Art Library Summer Internship Experience

  1. Mary Mittiga

    Sounds like the Ringling provides an exceptional learning experience for their interns!

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