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, guided by faculty members in a 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 creators and 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 like Camille Myers Briggs of Museum Textile Services and Ingrid Neuman of Berkshire Art Conservation.
Through their work-study employment, Collection Assistants learn about collections management, while acquiring skills in exhibition design, object care and handling, and registration. They strengthen their research, writing, and critical thinking skills and their ability to collaborate. Recent alumnae/i who worked with the collection have gone on to arts or museum-related graduate studies and/or employment at museums and arts-related institutions across the United States. For example:
- Molly Cardoza, Class of 2014: currently employed as Curator of Reproductions/Role Player, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA.
- Hillary Shusterman, Class of 2014: currently employed as Coordinator, Alumnae/i Relations, Wheaton College, Norton, MA.
- Morgan Bakerman, Class of 2013: currently employed as Development Assistant in Planned Giving, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
- Gabby Ferreira, Class of 2012: currently employed as Gallery Manager, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA. Formerly Visitor Assistant, Art Educator, and Office Coordinator, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA.
- Ashley Geremia, Class of 2011: MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; currently working as a freelance exhibition designer.
- Anna Ivy, Class of 2011: currently employed in Client Services, Christie's, NYC.
- Meghan Quigley, Class of 2011: currently employed as Learning and Interpretation Assistant, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME. Formerly Carolyn Wolfe Intern in Museum Education, San Diego Museum of Art, and Curatorial Intern for the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, NYC
- Mollie Denhard, Class of 2010: MA in Museum Studies, Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA; currently employed as Collections Assistant, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
- Kayla Malouin, Class of 2010: MA in Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; currently employed as Project/Research Manager & Curator of the Caproni Collection at Skylight Studios, Inc. and the Giust Gallery, 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; currently Collection Manager for the Helen S. Kaman Print Study Center, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT. Formerly, Assistant Exhibition Registrar, Museum of Arts & Design, NYC, and formerly Collections Manager/Registrar at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 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, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Formerly on staff at the Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY, and formerly the Johnson Family Foundation Intern, Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum, Big Horn, WY.
- Emily Murgia, Class of 2008: MA in Teaching in Museum Education, George Washington University, Washington, DC; currently employed as Education Specialist, Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. Formerly Acting Director of Education, Smithsonian's National Postal Museum; and Education Programs Specialist, Friends of the National Zoo, Washington, DC.