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UCM Student Attends Mellon Curatorial Training Program Summer Academy

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 13, 2014) – Elijah Triche, a University of Central Missouri junior from New Orleans, was one of a select group of college freshmen and sophomores from college and university campuses across the nation to attend the 2014 summer academy of the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program for Curatorial Training.

Elijah Triche
Elijah Triche

Triche attended the summer academy during the summer of 2014 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. He was provided the opportunity to experience one-on-one conversations with museum curators, museum tours and tours of museum galleries and exhibition spaces. Triche also met with museum employees in the areas of marketing and public relations, education outreach, event planning and display.

Triche was made aware of the program through the Africana Studies program at UCM, and decided to explore the program further with the encouragement of a faculty member.

“It was a great opportunity to learn more about something I had never considered as a career,” he said. “We met with faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who provided presentation on all aspects of museum work,” he said. As a design and drafting technology major, he was particularly interested in the area of exhibition design, which takes into consideration the allocated space available and subject of the exhibition in creating the environment for individual exhibitions in the museum.

Triche indicated the experience will have an effect on his future.

“I’d never really thought about the curatorial field as a career,” he said, “but this has provided me with an interesting outlet for what I’m learning here at UCM.”

In addition to the summer academy, student selected for the program also may participate in the Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program, a multi-year fellowship at a participating museum.

The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship summer program offers 15 selected college sophomores and freshmen the opportunity to spend time with museum staff in one of five museums across the country. In addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, participating museums are the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.