Chelsea Arenas (‘20)
At the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Chelsea had the opportunity to explore different facets of museum work. This included: Raising public awareness about the museum, its exhibitions and public programs; working to promote the concept of design and design thinking; learning museum-specific operations systems; assisting with fundraising efforts and general administrative tasks to support different departmental goals. Chelsea worked closely with the curatorial research assistant (American Art) assisting with research and cataloguing the American works on paper collection in the Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design Department. Chelsea conducted original research to thoroughly catalogue objects in The Museum System (TMS), referencing the museum’s cataloguing cards, accession ledgers, registrar’s files and all subsequent scholarship to determine accurate titles, dates, related works and provenance history. Chelsea also had the opportunity to publish writing that reflected original research on the museum’s Object of the Day blog.
Chelsea graduated in 2020 with a BFA in studio art and a second major in German. After her time as a Mellon Arts fellow, Chelsea interned at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and completed her MFA degree at Hunter. She is now a curatorial and programs intern at Triangle Arts Association.