Art History Research Intern –/2015

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The Oak Park Art League (OPAL) is seeking an Art History Intern to assist with a research project for our 93 year old non-profit visual arts organization. The ideal candidate will have academic focus in areas including, but not limited to: Early Twentieth Century American Art, Regional Art specific to the Midwest, or Museum Studies. As a topic for independent study or Master’s thesis, this research-based project will be centered on the post-Armory years between 1913 and 1920, when art organizations such as Chicago’s Renaissance Society (1915) and the Oak Park Art League (1919) formed as places to gather and discuss changes occurring in the art world. Research will frame OPAL within the context of this time period, addressing themes such as pre-World War II art movements. Students will have access to OPAL archival materials, including newspaper clippings dating to the 1920’s, photographs, scrapbooks, and a permanent collection of over 70 works from notable regional artists, including Carl Krafft, Holger Jensen, and James Eccles.

As the Oak Park Art League counts down to its Centennial anniversary, we will be seeking museum status for our organization and the possibility of landmark designation for our building – a 1902 carriage house designed by Oak Park architect Eben Ezra Roberts, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. Research will support grant applications toward this effort by elevating awareness of OPAL’s cultural significance to Oak Park and more broadly, its relevance to the Chicago arts community in the early twentieth century. The Oak Park Art League will work with institutions to assure the internship is designed to meet credit requirements.


Please send internship inquiries to:

Attention: Julie Carpenter, Executive Director – Oak Park Art League
Subject Line: Art History Research Internship
For questions or more information, contact the Oak Park Art League during gallery hours,
M-F from 1:00-5:00 pm or Saturday, 1:00-4:00 pm, at: 708-386-9853


Oak Park Art League Art Education Center and Gallery
One of the longest continually operating arts organizations in Illinois, the Oak Park Art League
fulfills its mission through weekly art classes for adults and children, monthly exhibitions, open
studio time, weekly live-model drawing sessions, artist lectures and promotion and sales of artist-made work.

The Oak Park Art League believes in the freedom of expression and the importance of the
creative voice. For more than 90 years OPAL has sustained an environment to develop, nurture
and exhibit the work of local artists, past and present while cultivating art appreciation in the
community. Our mission is to provide access to the disciplines and development processes
so that artists of all ages, from amateur to hobbyist, enthusiast to professional may refine their
unique creative voice in our studios and galleries.

For more information on the Oak Park Art League, visit the website at:

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