Intern Hall of Fame: 2011-2012
Every academic year four senior major or minor graduates are chosen to remain at Dartmouth for a post-graduate year as Studio Art Interns. Majors have priority, should candidates have equal qualifications. Each is provided with a studio and small annual stipend. In return they assist in classes, work in the gallery and monitor shops, also serving as role models and mentors for undergraduates. The presence of the interns working at an advanced level helps raise the quality of undergraduate work, and interns gain experience that helps prepare them for graduate school.
This year’s Studio Art Interns are Max Van Pelt, Grace Dowd, Caroline Moore, and Natalia Wrobel. Below you’ll find information about each of them. If you’d like to ask them any questions about the Internship or Major/Minor please do not hesitate to reach out to them.
Caroline Moore is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She graduated from Dartmouth in 2011, majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and minoring in English. Caroline seems incapable of choosing a single medium, but whether working in painting or photography or printmaking, her texture fixation never wavers. In each piece, she strives to create a tactile experience to bring the viewer closer to the subject. Caroline has very little idea what she wants to do with her life, but looks forward to fleshing out her plans over the next year while indulging her artistic impulses. www.scarolinemoore.com
Grace Dowd '11 was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated Dartmouth with a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Studio Art. Grace is in the process of exploring as many mediums as possible while broadening her artistic knowledge and execution. She does, however, tend to focus predominantly in photography and sculpture. This summer, she exhibited in the Barrows Rotunda at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center. Her installation, "This is My World" received both positive and negative feedback but was an excellent debut into the art world. See an article about the exhibition: http://thedartmouth.com/2011/08/09/arts/Dowd
Max Van Pelt
Max Van Pelt ’11 grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He graduated from Dartmouth in 2011 with a Major in Studio Art concentrating in Architecture. During his two-term Senior Seminar, Max enjoyed many blissful days throwing sparks in the metal shop, drawing with imperceptibly small pieces of charcoal, and learning to become “spongelike.” Max pursued an Honors Thesis to study the function of specific moments or details as the unraveling points that yield larger unseen ideas and forms. This body of work emerged in welded steel sculpture with wood and cast concrete elements as well as large explosive drawings that thread between the geometries of architectural space and the artist’s mind freely responding from one element to the next. Over the next year in the oasis, Max will continue flushing out his love for art and for architecture, and is in no hurry to figure out the next step. www.maxvanpelt.com
Natalia Wrobel ’11 grew up in San Diego, California. She graduated from Dartmouth with a major in Studio Art, concentrating in Painting, and a minor in Art History. For her Honors Thesis, she explored the manipulation of two-dimensional spaces through the creation and disruption of balance to develop canvases in a constant state of flux. Natalia is now continuing to further her understanding of the purpose of art and its role in her life. www.nataliawrobel.com