Michelle Costanza ’17 CLAS (Art History, Communication) is putting her background in Art History to use with her current internship at JAM Gallery.
1) What are you doing at this internship? What is your role?
My internship at JAM Gallery entails various tasks both at and outside of the gallery, running the gallery independently one day a week. I help the gallery owners hang the shows, do show receptions, coordinate with artists, and provide curatorial input for upcoming shows. In addition, I assist with gallery inventory, sales, insurance, upkeep, communication, and general office work.
2) So far, what part of the internship has had the most impact on you?
The most impactful part of working at JAM so far has been meeting many of the artists who show here regularly. It is great to talk with people who love what they do and love telling you the nuances, themes, and goals of their artwork.
3) How has the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences helped you in your internship so far?
Shout out to CLAS for helping me get everything set up so I can get Art History credit for my internship. The Art History department specifically has helped me develop a vocabulary for talking about art with customers and artists, which is helpful at my internship.
4) What other activities are you involved in at Villanova?
My main involvement on campus includes being the president of two student groups: NovaSVA (Sexual Violence Awareness) and Arthology (Villanova’s art-literary magazine that you can submit original pieces to through firstname.lastname@example.org)
5) What has been your favorite class so far?
My favorite class was probably the Performance of Greek Literature class I took as a part of the Communication Summer in Greece program. I loved the things we read, loved performing it and seeing my classmates perform it, and was fortunate to enjoy all this in beautiful Greece!