Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

An extraordinary learning experience at the NGC, thanks to the TD Bank Financial Group Internships

Ottawa - January 30, 2007

Young Canadians who are interested in an internship at the National Gallery of Canada for the 2007-08 year have until 28 February 2007 to submit their applications. Whether you are passionate about the visual arts, research, archives or working in a museum environment, this unique learning experience could be for you!

In 2004, the National Gallery of Canada, through the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, inaugurated the TD Bank Financial Group Internships in Art Museum Education, Museum Collections Management and Art Librarianship.  The generous support of TD Bank Financial Group allowed the Gallery to offer paid 12-week study and training opportunities and work experience to young Canadians.

For the 2006-07 academic year, three recipients have been awarded a TD Internship in Art Librarianship and Archive Practice giving them the opportunity to live a unique experience at the National Gallery of Canada.

Susannah Smith of Ottawa has a strong educational background in arts and humanities and extensive professional experience in information-based environments. A university graduate with a Master's in English Literature and fine arts training, Ms Smith is undertaking a Master's in Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in January 2007. Her internship at the National Gallery Library and Archives focuses on learning the basic principles and practice of cataloguing.

Alessandra Bisciglia of Anjou, Quebec, has a Master's in Art History from Concordia University and a Master's in Library and Information Studies from McGill University. She was awarded the Ethelwyn M. Crossley Scholarship at McGill University and the Frances & David Rubin M. S. Scholarship at Concordia University. The purpose of Ms Bisciglia's internship at the National Gallery was to acquire professional experience relating to all aspects of art librarianship and to get an overview of the Library and Archives' activities by working in various areas.  

Patricia Kim of Markham, Ontario, is a graduate of the Pratt Institute of New York and has also studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax. She has worked as a teaching assistant at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. She also held various positions in art galleries and museums.  Her internship at the National Gallery's Library and Archives represented an opportunity for her to get more exposure in different aspects of art librarianship and to contribute to projects such as the Index to Nineteenth-Century Canadian Catalogues of Art.

A TD Internship in Art Museum Education was awarded to Alexandra Cherry, a graduate of Queen's University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, majoring in Art History. She also received a certificate in International Studies. She was a docent at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and did volunteer work in various fields related to the arts. Ms Cherry's project during her internship was to review and evaluate children's audioguides produced by the National Gallery, evaluate interest in having a children's audioguide for the permanent collection, research and obtain visitor feedback about the types of artwork to be featured in an audioguide, and draft text for 30 audioguide stops.  

For information concerning TD Bank Financial Group Internships, please visit the National Gallery website, www.national.gallery.ca, or contact Mylène Laplante, Human Resources, T 613-990-0431, F 613-990-2756, internships@gallery.ca

About TD Bank Financial Group's Community Relations
TD Bank Financial Group's Community Relations program supports education, health and the environment, with a focus on children and youth. TD Bank Financial Group sponsors five flagship programs: TD Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership, the Children's Miracle Network, TD Summer Reading Club, and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation – as well as a host of national, regional and local children's programs across Canada.

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