My name is Nicole and my passion for the arts, especially the museum field, began when I interned at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2005. I interned in the museum’s Collections Management and Information department.
Prior to my internship, I had minimal understanding of how a museum operates, especially behind the scenes. My experience at LACMA introduced me to how museums manage and organize their collections. I assisted with projects related to the permanent collection such as cataloging objects in MIMSY, the museum’s electronic record database. In addition, I was introduced to collections management practices.
An awesome moment for me was the Exhibition meeting. Only one intern was selected to attend. I was fortunate to attend the meeting with my supervisor, then Assistant Director of Collections Management. The collaborative nature of the Exhibition meeting fascinated me. Inside a large conference room, below the galleries, I observed a boisterous and productive departmental collaboration involving departments such as Curatorial, Conservation, Operations, Registrarial and Collections Management in planning and executing exhibitions for the year.
My experience at LACMA also exposed me to the art world. This led me to return to school and pursue a Masters degree.
From 2007 to 2012, I worked at the Norton Simon Museum (NSM) providing cross departmental support for the Registrar, Collections Management, Curatorial and Public Affairs. At NSM, I assisted on projects such as the Galka Scheyer and the Blue Four Collection, the Goya Conservation Survey project and organizing and maintaining the Public Affairs department’s archives (1930s to Present). I am honored and grateful to contribute to such a prestigious institution.
Since July 2011, I volunteer for Downtown Art Walk, Los Angeles. I work directly with the Director of Operation to gauge the pulse of visitors, patrons, and gallery owners. My observations and the responses I receive from gallery owners, should play a significant role in improving Art Walk and increasing its impact on the community.
I interned at the Wende Museum in their Collections Management department. The Wende Museum is a Cold War history museum and archives in Culver City and they have an awesome collection that offers a glimpse into the everyday life in the Eastern Bloc and Soviet Union during the Cold War. As a Collections Intern, I’m got a lot of hands-on experience working directly with the collection. I worked on their German and Soviet poster project focusing on re-housing their poster collection.
I returned to my alma mater and I am the Administrative Coordinator for the Department of Art & Art History.
I have a BA in Psychology and a MA in History with a focus on Modern United States, 20th Century European, and Latin American history. As you can see, I also have a passion for history!