The National Gallery of Canada announces the 2011-2012 TD Internship Recipients

Ottawa - July 27, 2011

Three new museum professionals benefit from a paid 16 week work study opportunity.

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) congratulates three library, archives, and art history students who have received the TD Internships for the 2011-12 academic year. Thanks to the generous support of TD Bank Group, this program allows the Gallery to offer a paid 16-week study, training, and work experience opportunity to new museum professionals specializing in museum education, art librarianship and archival practice.

“Practical training in a real life museum is indispensable,” said National Gallery of Canada director Marc Mayer. “TD’s generosity means there have been first-rate professionals entering the field in Canada since they started funding this program. Hats off to TD!”

“Museum education enriches the Canadian learning experience,” said Scott Mullin, Vice-President, Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “We are pleased to support the National Gallery of Canada in their efforts to offer learning opportunities for aspiring museum professionals.”

Art Librarianship and Archive Practice
The 2011-12 TD Internships in Art Librarianship and Archives Practice were awarded to Andrea Crabbe and Robb Gilbert.

Andrea Crabbe holds a bachelor of fine arts from the NSCAD University in Halifax, and a master’s degree in library and information studies from Dalhousie University. During her internship, Ms. Crabbe is focusing on a special project to establish a complete record of the exhibition history of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and to ensure that copies of associated catalogues and other documentation are held by the NGC Library and Archives.

Robb Gilbert earned bachelor in religious studies and art history from Carleton University, Ottawa, a master’s degree in religion and culture from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. He is now pursuing a master’s degree of information at the University of Toronto. During his internship, Mr. Gilbert is sorting, analyzing, and documenting a donation of the archival papers of Canadian artist Charles Gagnon (1934-2003).

Education and Public Programs
Chelsea Clarke is the recipient of the 2011-12 TD Internship in Education and Public Programs. Ms. Clarke studied history, art history, and international studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, where she was awarded the Medal for Art in 2007. She recently completed her master’s degree in art history at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK. Building on her experiences working with art collections and museum audiences, and on her interest in historical figurative art, she is developing a program for adults centred on the theme of the body. She is researching and preparing an adult art tour to explore figurative works in the European and Canadian collections, and is also coordinating an audioguide dedicated to costume. This project will contribute to adult programming initiatives at NGC.

Each year, students from across Canada are encouraged to apply for these internships. They must be full-time post-secondary students in a recognized academic institution, and are simply asked to submit a résumé and a letter explaining their interest in the program. The Gallery will begin accepting applications for the 2012-13 year in January 2012. For more information on the TD Internships, please contact the Human Resources Division at 613 993-2327 or internships@gallery.ca

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art, including the extensive collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains the largest touring art exhibition program in the world. For more information please visit www.gallery.ca

TD Community Giving
TD invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and work. In 2010, TD donated over $50 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, we focus on Education and Financial Literacy, Creating Opportunities for Young People, and the Environment. For more information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility

 
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For more information, please contact:

Naomi Grattan
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada
613-991-0646
ngrattan@gallery.ca

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada
613-990-6835
bmallet@gallery.ca