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SU Janklow student lands summer internship at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Renee Storiale '09, G'13 to assist with gallery-based programs for adults

Apr 11, 2013 — Article by: Rob Enslin

The Janklow Arts Leadership Program in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that Renee Storiale ’09, G’13 has been selected to participate in a summer internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Storiale, who is pursuing master’s degrees in both arts leadership and museum studies, will intern in the Education Department within Gallery and Studio Programs. In this capacity, she will research, plan, promote, and evaluate gallery-based programs for adults.

Storiale will also participate in MuSe (Museum Seminars), which include hands-on workshops and practice sessions to prepare her to lead gallery talks and tours; and will be trained to teach in the Museum’s galleries.  

“We are very pleased to be welcoming Renee into the formal summer internship program,” says Monica Mariño, assistant museum educator. “We received over 800 applications, and she was among the 43 individuals selected to participate. Renee will be placed in a host department where she will work closely with supervisors on special and ongoing projects.”

Among her supervisors will be Molly Kysar, assistant museum educator for gallery programs. An experienced art museum educator, Kysar previously worked at the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculptor Center in Dallas.  

“We’re extremely proud of Renee, who has excelled in and out of the classroom,” says Nerenhausen, professor of practice and founding director of the Janklow Program. “This internship will draw squarely on her knowledge of and interest in art, art history and museum education, and survey development.”

Since enrolling in both master’s programs, Storiale has proved exceptional in the campus community. She is currently director of audience services at Syracuse Stage and is a curator for a contemporary art website called Art Yearly. Previously, she served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Art and Music Histories (in which the Janklow Program is based), an assistant house manager for Syracuse Stage, and a site coordinator for a YMCA after-school program.    

“I have a passion for the visual arts and education—fields that are constantly changing and are in need of funding and innovative programming,” says the Middlebury, Conn., native. “In the Janklow Program, I am acquiring the skills I need to make the arts more accessible and valuable to our communities.”

Storiale credits her SU training for landing the internship and thinks the Museum experience will combine her “passion for pedagogy” with the entrepreneurial spirit of the Janklow Program. “I look forward to engaging audiences with interdisciplinary, multi-modal, and high-level thinking strategies,” she says. Storiale also praises the Janklow Program for making her more “knowledgeable, professional, and confident” as a person—traits that became readily apparently during the interview process.

“In a lot of ways, this is my dream job. I see it as a jumping-off point for my career in the arts,” she says.

The Janklow Program is a 15-month, 39-credit hour master’s program, designed to train leaders of non-profit and for-profit organizations in the creative and performing arts.

Museum studies is a master’s program housed in the Department of Design in SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The program offers a curriculum based on hands-on training, research, scholarship, and design, which prepares students for a wide range of positions in various types of museums.
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Rob Enslin
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