UA Art History Grad Student Awarded Havner Curatorial Internship

Julie Weber, with Alexander Calder’s standing mobile, “Trois noirs sur un rouge,” at Crystal Bridges Museum, where Weber held an internship in 2022.

This summer, art history graduate student Julie Weber served as a Havner Curatorial Intern at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Crystal Bridges holds one of the nation’s top collections of American art. During the eight-week intensive internship, Weber researched a variety of topics for the curatorial department, including future exhibition and publication projects. She worked one-on-one with a curatorial staff member and sat in on meetings with curators. She was also able to be present when new works were installed in the galleries and when a temporary exhibition was installed. “My favorite task was probably researching objects in the museum’s permanent collection and building files for those objects, including ‘Black Unity’ by [African American sculptor and graphic artist] Elizabeth Catlett and ‘Autorretrato (Self-Portrait)’ by [American multidisciplinary artist] Rosa Rolanda,” Weber said. At the end of her internship, Weber prepared and presented a gallery talk on American sculptor Alexander Calder’s standing mobile, “Trois noirs sur un rouge.” Weber has been selected for the year-long Goodrich Internship at the Birmingham Museum of Art, beginning September 1, 2022.

Julie Weber is a graduate teaching assistant in art history. Her major areas of concentration are modern and contemporary art history. At the 2022 27th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, Weber’s paper presentation, “The Life and Art of Archibald Motley, Jr.: Before and After Paris,” won third place in the Best Paper Awards. She received the BFA in studio art with a concentration in photography in 2012 from UA, graduating magna cum laude.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in art history and studio art, visit our Degree Programs page.