Today's blog post was written by Erin Castleberry, one of two New Mexico Governor's Internship Program participants at the museum this summer. Erin is a student at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
I wake up to the alarm blaring. Rush, rush, rush to get prepped and out the door, hot tea in hand, ready to face down the commute from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. After finally getting to town and parking my car (no small feat in this city), I walk to the Plaza, sipping my (now much cooler) tea. The Plaza is quiet and empty of tourists, only the locals that work there moving around.
Head inside the museum and downstairs to see what’s on the agenda for today. A piece that had been on loan to another museum is being shipped back and should arrive today. It comes in and my job is to carefully examine it to see if it has been damaged in any way during its adventure. Slowly, with a flashlight and magnifying glass, I work the piece over. No new damage. What a relief! Return the piece to its home in Collections and move on to the next project.
New sculptures that have been donated to the museum are examined by a volunteer while I build custom boxes to house them. Each piece is different, so each box is different, too. Only made of the highest quality archival cardboard and hot glue, these boxes will protect the sculptures until they are on display.
Finally, it’s lunch. Time to eat in the beautiful museum courtyard before wandering onto the Plaza to people watch. I recognize the buskers that come every day, but the tourists are always new. My hour’s up and I go back down beneath the museum.
One of the curators is working on the next exhibit, so the pieces they’ve selected must be located and brought up so they can be prepared for display. The pieces are all found and examined for damage before being taken to our Preparator. The exhibit will look great.
A call comes in. A piece that has been at the conservation lab is ready to be picked up. We head over and collect the artwork. It looks good as new! We take it back to the museum and return it to its correct location.
What? It’s five already? But the day has barely begun! Oh well. Back to my car, back to Albuquerque, back to where I’m staying this summer. As I prepare for tomorrow I think “Hard to believe this amazing internship is almost over.”