Jacqui Bowen is a Graduate Student in Museum Professions, who expects
to complete her degree in 2014. During her time as a student, she has
put together quite a resume.
Jacqui's first experience in the museum world was at the Historical
Society of Princeton, where she was an "Education Intern". She assisted
with the research and installation of a hunger and food drive
exhibition. As part of her internship, she helped create an interactive
program for children that fit into the hunger exhibition.
These experiences caught the attention of the staff at DC Moore
Gallery, where she was hired to be "Registration and Press Intern".
There, she assisted with conducting inventory at the offsite warehouse,
updating and organizing the Artstacks database, creating bibliography
sheets for artists that the gallery represents, updating artists'
Wikipedia pages, printing and sending press releases.
Currently, Jacqui volunteers at the Seton Hall University Archives
and Special Collections, where she surveys collections and occasionally
rehouses them into archival storage.
Jacqui has prepared herself for a bright future. This summer she
obtained an internship in the Registration and Archives Department at
the James A. Michener Museum of Art, where she will learn how a mid-size
"The single most important thing that I have done to achieve my
career objective at this point is to be open to possibilities. I have
rarely turned down an opportunity when I thought it could benefit my
career and move me closer to my career objective. While I am not a city
person, I still challenged myself to work in New York City because I
knew that experience was more important than my aversion to a hectic
Jacqui has two pieces of advice that are important for students regarding their careers:
The first is networking. "Even speakers who come to your classes -
get their e-mail address and send them a thank you note. I have made
connections at the Guggenheim Museum in New York from pursuing those
speakers and making it known that I value them and their work. Many
professionals are willing to help if you are driven and sincere in your
Her second is very simple: do what you love. "I entered college with
the intent on being a veterinarian. While I loved helping animals . . .
the only place I was truly happy was in front of a painting learning
about the secrets that were hidden between the brush strokes. Following
that love of art lead me right to the museum world and I have never
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