May 10, 2023 -- Champaign, Ill.
U of I graduate student and artist Quinn Koeneman has been awarded an IFPDA Curatorial Internship to work with KAM curators Kathryn Koca Polite and Maureen Warren during the 2023-2024 academic year.
Koeneman will primarily be working on Pattern and Process and Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. The latter exhibition is also produced in partnership with University Galleries at the University of San Diego.
Koeneman indicated he was most excited about getting a closer look at the collection, working alongside knowledgeable experts in their fields, and getting a deeper understanding of the curatorial process.
"Something that especially intrigues me about print how we play with, reconfigure and challenge different processes, especially the ways each artist has experimented with printmaking and found their own relationships to the machines and tools that helped them create."
As an artist whose practice includes printmaking, Koeneman has a particular perspective on the medium and print's ability to speak to audiences who may not have access to other forms of art.
"Access to the arts is something that comes up a lot in my research, and print has been the most accessible widely distributed medium for hundreds of years! It's part of an endless conversation with itself and the public about what art means to all of us, I'm very interested to learn more about the museum's role in that broader discourse, " Koeneman said.
About Quinn Koeneman
Quinn Koeneman is a multidisciplinary artist with a BFA in Studio Art from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and currently working towards an MFA in New Media from the University of Illinois. He has an extensive background in animation, printmaking, illustration, and storytelling. Quinn's current practice involves the use of alternative media, including risograph printmaking, experimental animation, and graphic novels, to depict our lived experiences in a fragmented modern social landscape.
About IFPDA Foundation Curatorial Internships
Each year, the IFPDA Foundation funds curatorial internships in museum print collections. Host institutions are awarded funding based on their ability to provide an intern with object-based experience in the collection under the guidance of one or more experienced print specialists. More information can be found online at IFPDAfoundation.org/curatorial-internships.