Holland selected as OU museum summer intern
Cherokee Nation citizen Ashley Holland, right, stands with fellow Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art summer interns. The three will perform research at the University of Oklahoma facility thanks to a Mellon Foundation grant. COURTESY
NORMAN, Okla. – School may be out for summer, but for Cherokee Nation citizen Ashley Holland her research internship at the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is just beginning.
Thanks to a recent Mellon Foundation grant, Holland joins two other interns as they give a hard look at Native American art and history at the museum on the Norman campus.
Holland recently completed her first year of doctoral studies at OU in Native American art history. She will support exhibitions development and provide object research on the Cherokee materials held in the museum’s permanent collection. Her research interests include Cherokee art and contemporary Native American art. Holland earned her master’s degree in museum studies from Indiana University. Holland formerly served as assistant curator at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
Joining her are Mark Esquivel and Alicia Harris.
Esquivel has completed his first year of doctoral studies in Native American art history at OU. He will be supporting exhibitions development and providing object research on the work of Luis Jiménez, Emelio Amero and the Mexican photography materials held in the museum’s permanent collections.
Harris has completed her doctoral coursework in Native American art history at OU. She will be supporting exhibitions development and providing object research on materials made by Native American women held in the museum’s permanent collection.
In February, the university announced a $750,000, four-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to support an initiative to increase cultural diversity and grow a mutually beneficial relationship between OU’s doctoral program in Native American art and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
The program’s core projects include paid internships for the museum’s Native American art collection and pre-doctoral fellowships, accompanied by a teaching assistantship to students dedicated to the study of Native American art and culture.
“We are incredibly excited to have this inaugural cohort of Mellon Foundation Native American curatorial interns working with us this summer,” heather ahtone, the museum’s James T. Bialac associate curator of Native American and Non-Western Art, said. “The application pool was robust and allowed us to choose from among a diverse body of students with broad interests and refined skills. Their support for our exhibitions and collections research will be invaluable.”
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located at 555 Elm Ave. Admission is complimentary. The museum is closed on Mondays. Information and accommodations are available by calling 405-325-4938 or visiting www.ou.edu/fjjma