Wheaton students have the opportunity to engage with the collection through their studies, whether an FYS on French fiction or a Senior Seminar in the Classics Department. While some conduct independent research on objects as part of a class assignment, others explore the collection as a class, gaining hands-on experience with selected objects.
In addition, a team of work-study students assist the Curator with the care and management of the collection. Known as Collection Assistants, these students work on a variety of projects including accessioning and researching new acquisitions and their donors, supervising class visits, curating mini-exhibitions, and assisting with the ongoing inventory and cataloging process. In addition, students with an interest in conservation have the opportunity to clean and make simple repairs to objects, in consultation with professional conservators.
Through their work-study employment, Collection Assistants learn about collections management, while acquiring skills in exhibition design, object handling and registration, and object care. They also strengthen their research, writing, and critical thinking skills and their ability to work as a part of a team. Recent alumnae/i who have worked with the collection have gone on to graduate studies and/or employment at a variety of institutions. For example:
- Morgan Bakerman, Class of 2013: currently employed as Development Assistant in Planned Giving, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
- Ashley Geremia, Class of 2011: currently enrolled for an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design, University of the Arts in Philadelphia
- Anna Ivy, Class of 2011: currently employed in Client Services at Christie's, NYC
- Meghan Quigley, Class of 2011: formerly Carolyn Wolfe Intern in Museum Education, San Diego Museum of Art; formerly Curatorial Intern for the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, NYC; currently employed as Learning and Interpretation Assistant, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
- Mollie Denhard, Class of 2010: currently enrolled in the Museum Studies Graduate Program at the Harvard Extension School
- Kayla Malouin, Class of 2010: MA in Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; currently employed as an assistant at Skylight Studios, Woburn, MA
- Shannon Ryan, Class of 2010: MA in Visual Arts Administration, NYU; currently employed as an administrator at Christie's, NYC
- Mell Scalzi, Class of 2009: Certificate in Art Collections Management and Display, NYU; formerly Collections Manager/Registrar at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, NYC; now independent registrar, NYC
- Jessie Landau, Class of 2009: MLitt in the History of Art and Art World Practice, Christie's Education, London; currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in Art History, School of Art and Design, College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Formerly on staff at the Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY and formerly the Johnson Family Foundation Intern at the Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum, Big Horn, WY
- Emily Murgia, Class of 2008: MA in Teaching in Museum Education, George Washington University, Washington, DC; formerly Education Programs Specialist with the Friends of the National Zoo, Washington, DC; currently employed as Education Programs Specialist at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum