Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary
Highly organized, pragmatic, and diligent emerging arts professional who makes sound judgement calls and prioritizes tasks within high volume and fast-paced work settings. *Relishes the opportunity to collaborate with teams and work independently to meet high professional standards. *Displays superior verbal and written communication and demonstrates strong interpersonal skills. *Trained in object care and handling to Museum standards and academic writing.
Core Qualifications
Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Outlook with added knowledge about Excel, Access, and Adobe Photoshop. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Access, Adobe Photoshop, The Museum System (TMS)
Curatorial Team Member, 02/2013 to 07/2013
Crain CommunicationsWashington, , UK
  • Conducted primary and archival research on the Elephant and Rhino Pavilion at The London Zoo in the National Art Library.
  • Mounted an art installation with a five-person team at Great Western Studios.
  • Teamed up with the Interior Design MA to envision the installation.
Research Intern, 01/2013 to 10/2013
Builders Firstsource, Inc.Columbus, , UK
  • Collected contextual images for the European Galleries 1600-1815 publication.
  • Produced bibliographies to serve as foundations for future research.
  • Assisted with producing interpretation on the African experience in eighteenth century Europe.
  • Researched and wrote two detailed descriptions for an eighteenth century French pocketbook and an Italian marble Blackamoor bust.
Intern, 06/2012 to 08/2012
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art The American WingCity, STATE,
  • Worked with the Museum's collection of early American silver and assisted a Research Associate with cataloging, research, and collection maintenance on The Museum System (TMS) for a publication.
  • Performed genealogical and provenance research.
  • Verified and fact-checked authenticity, medium, and makers' biographies from object records to be published online via web databases, industry outreach, and print materials.
  • Wrote engaging online label copy.
  • Analyzed comparable objects to assess value.
  • Attended weekly MuSE seminars about contemporary museum practice.
  • Collaborated with the Education and Visitor's Services Departments to deliver Museum Highlights and Special Topics tours twice-weekly for visitors.
Collections Management Intern, 06/2009 to 09/2014
The Cleveland Museum Of ArtCity, STATE,
  • Designed exhibition checklists and facilitated the incoming loan process with the Director of Collections Management for an Anicka Yi solo exhibition, a Julia Wachtel show, and Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse.
  • Drafted lender communications including incoming loan agreements, certificates of insurance, and condition reports.
  • Performed general bookkeeping for the department's exhibition budget.
  • Processed location inventories of 100 paintings for a collections move and supported a five-person team of art handlers.
  • Oversaw information updates on the Museum's database and standardized records according to pre-established guidelines.
  • Assisted with the re-installation of 6 permanent collection galleries.
  • Collaborated with the exhibitions and curatorial departments for exhibition planning.
  • Communicated and fielded inquires from curators, independent researchers, and donors regarding the collection.
Master of Arts: History of Design, Expected in 2016
The Royal College of Art/The Victoria and Albert Museum - London,
History of Design Dissertation: "Materialising Informal Empire: Great Britain and Argentina on Display at the Exposición Internacional del Centenario (1910)," 25, 800 words. Coordinated the History of Design display for ShowRCA 2015 and conceived of curatorial research concept with a seven-person team. Worked in conjunction with the V&A to organize the 2016 graduate symposium with 300 people in attendance. Created guest lists on Excel and sent 700 e-mail and printed invites. Managed RSVPs and planned the reception.
V&A: , Expected in
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Diploma: Portuguese, Expected in 2015
Imperial College London - London,
Bachelor of Arts: Art History and History, Expected in 2012
Mount Holyoke College - South Hadley, MA
GPA: cum laude GPA: 3.5
Art History and History cum laude GPA: 3.5
Bachelor of Arts: , Expected in 11
The Courtauld Institute of Art - London,
Professional Affiliations
  • amp;A/RCA History of Design Graduate Publication, 2015) Tania Messell, Charles Ormrod, Nicholas Peters, Jessica Claire, and Jo Tierney, "Luxury Online Retail: Experimental research frameworks for contemporary design history" in Design History of No Addressing the Contemporary in Research and Practice (London: The Royal College of Art with Tokyo Zokei University, May 2013), online, available, Everyday Design at the Cleveland Museum of Art" in Unmaking Things: A Design History Studio (London: The Royal College of Art, 2013), online, available, Awards The Louise Fitz Randolph Fellowship in Art, Mount Holyoke College, 2014-15.
"Materialising Informal Empire: Great Britain and Argentina on Display at the Exposición Internacional del Centenario (1910)", in Zatsu* (London: V&A/RCA History of Design Graduate Publication, 2016) "Representations of Soft Empire: Great Britain and Argentina on Display at the Great Britain and Argentina on Display at the Exposición Internacional del Centenario (1910)", in Ibid (London: V
Advanced knowledge of Spanish and elementary skills in both Portuguese and French.
Adobe Photoshop, Art, bookkeeping, budget, excellent interpersonal skills, concept, databases, database, detail-oriented, e-mail, exhibitions, French, insurance, Interior Design, interpretation, Italian, MA, Director, materials, Matisse, Access, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, organizational skills, Painting, Portuguese, producing, speaking, publication, reading, reception, Research, seminars, Spanish, symposium

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  • The Royal College of Art/The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Imperial College London
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art

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