Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Major: Art History, Minor: Studio Art

Photography intern Shelby Sieber taking photos in the gallery

What do you work on during your internship?

As Photography Intern, I work with Communications Specialist Heather Bjorn to develop visual media for creative marketing content. This includes planning, capturing, and creating photography for print, web, and social media goals and campaigns. Specifically, my responsibilities as Photography Intern include photographing art installations and artwork, staff portraits, store products, and special projects for social media and the museum’s website. Aside from the photography aspect of my internship, other projects include working with Adobe Photoshop to edit photos and creating alternative text for images on the Harn website.

How has your internship supported your education?

As a student at the University of Florida majoring in Art History, this experience has supported my education in an abundant number of ways. Not only has it introduced me to essential museum operations and procedures, but having the opportunity to take part in the non-profit art sphere has raised my overall appreciation for the arts.

What’s a new skill that you’ve learned at the Harn?

Throughout my internship, I have achieved a variety of learning objectives, including gaining experience in visual communications for marketing content. One new skill that I have learned since starting my internship at the Harn is how to utilize Adobe Photoshop’s wide range of tools and features. Before the start of my internship, I had some experience with image editing but my work here at the Harn has brought me to be far more competent in its basic principles. Through the use of Photoshop, I have had opportunities to edit marketing flyers for events at the Harn, which are published on UF media, as well as the Harn website.

Who’s your favorite artist?

Not only am I an admirer of Bob Ross’ astounding artistry, but I also have a deep appreciation for the compassionate person he was and the kindness he showed toward both people and animals. His ability to paint water or a mountain in just a few strokes of a brush never ceases to amaze me.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?

When I am not at the museum or on campus, I love to spend my time oil painting, baking, antiquing, walking my dog, Cooper, or watching Bob Ross paint on TV.

If you had to listen to one music artist for the rest of your life, who would you listen to?

If I had to listen to one music artist for the rest of my life, it would probably be Adele. Not only is it her versatility that led me to this decision, but also the sophistication and elegance of her music, a quality that, in my opinion, is scarce in today’s culture.


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