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Bringing Art History to Life

Ashlee Bailey '08Ashlee Bailey '08
Fine Arts Major, concentration in art history

Upon arriving at Saint Anselm College as a freshman, Ashlee Bailey's interests were focused on painting and drawing, but after taking Professor Kate Bentz's Renaissance Art History course, she knew that art history was the track for her.

During her spring semester junior year, Ashlee studied in Florence, Italy, and it was at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute that she was able to take advantage of art history courses outside of Saint Anselm. "While I was [in Florence], I also took two museum management courses, museum education and exhibition management. Those are what really sealed the deal for me," she says.

Ashlee's internship experiences also furthered her love for art history. In the spring of her senior year, she interned at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Following renovation of the museum, she was able to unload and set up many of the pieces of art in the renovated areas. A year and a half after graduating, she interned at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass., where similarly, she helped with the reopening of one of the museum's new wings.

Ashlee's internship at the Currier Museum led to her employment there. Her research-based job currently entails creating archives for each of the museum's art shows since the opening of the museum in 1929. She holds a second job at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Mass., which involves plenty of research, as well. She is currently working on making a catalogue for a specific art collection, the Fitz Henry Lane Catalogue Raisonné, listing specific details and information about each work in the collection.

Though she enjoys the research aspect of her career, Ashlee's interest is shifting towards the non-profit world of art. Eventually, she plans to hold an administrative role that supports the arts. "I am highly interested in special events or possible development for non profit arts organizations. I feel that working to ensure the survival of arts organizations would be incredibly satisfying," she says.

She is making her goals a reality in a graduate program at Boston University, earning a Masters of Science in Arts Administration. She expects to graduate in 2014.

Story by Briana Capistran '16

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