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Western Gallery

The Western Gallery features 5-6 temporary art exhibitions annually, concentrating on national and international art. The gallery has 4,500 square feet of exhibition space in a wing of the Fine Arts Building, and three smaller spaces in the Performing Arts Center, where Northwest art from the collection is shown. The Gallery also oversees the university campus collection of sculpture. The Gallery is defined as a university institution whose purpose is to collect, exhibit, and preserve visual art materials, and to further encourage the use of these materials for educational and research purposes. The Gallery’s mission is to provide diverse art experiences to the University community and to the residents and visitors to the area. With a point of reference to the national art scene, the Gallery seeks to create an environment for learning and a center for discussion of critical issues through its six annual art exhibitions, interpretive programs, and publications.

Gallery Internship

Intended as a resume building class, the Gallery Workshop program prepares students for museum jobs in art exhibition preparation, collections management and museum education. Gallery staff selects only 5 students annually, who must commit to registering fall, winter and spring quarters (up to 3 credits per quarter and approximately 9 hours per week). The program offers practical hands-on training for students in a wide range of museum practices, including exhibition development, curatorial practices, grant writing, marketing, object research, programming and events.

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Course: Art History 305

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Western Gallery Workshop


  • 1-3 credits
  • Credits will vary each quarter depending on the Western Gallery’s exhibition schedule, students’ course schedules and staff availability
  • The Gallery Workshop is considered an elective; it does not count towards an Art History major or minor and it does not count as an art history credit for studio students.


Student must have completed at least 6 credits in art or art history
* Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Museum Studies Minor


  • Interns are expected to work during the day and occasional evenings and weekends for Gallery programs or events
  • Weekly hours will vary dependent on credits; approx. 3-9 hours of work per week
  • Weekly schedules are to be submitted to the supervisor before to each quarter


  • Fall, Winter and Spring
  • Students must be available and commit to all three quarters

Application instructions

  • Complete online form submission
  • Upload a Cover Letter and Resume
  • Provide contact information for two professional references.

Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted by April 30, 2021 for consideration. Interviews will be conducted the week of June 7th.