Eldon Parchmon, one of the National Gallery’s steady summer interns for the past three summers, is leaving for the University of Tampa to study education and psychology.
‘The National Gallery has given me invaluable experience that I will take with me throughout the rest of my life as well as my school career,’ he said in a press release.
‘I was given the opportunity, which I quickly seized, to meet with many local and foreign artists, get a behind-the-scenes look at the operation of an art gallery, to mingle with many of the students of the adult night art classes, and to work with children of all age groups in the numerous art outreach programs.
‘I have even met people whom I knew for years but never thought I’d get the chance to see again. I have learned from the varied artistic styles of many of the artists I’ve met and have drawn inspiration and new ideas from them and their work.’
The National Gallery places enormous emphasis in training young people, and sometimes has up to four interns at a time in the organization, the release noted.
Usually these are students who, during their breaks, come to the National Gallery requesting a place to work.
Sixteen-year-old Christina Ross has spent three summers with the organization. ‘Every summer I look forward to the possibility of working at the National Gallery,’ she said. ‘It is an excellent experience for me and I enjoy it thoroughly.’
Cayman Prep student Clare Fletcher, 12, was the youngest intern this summer. She and JGHS work experience student Daniel Hurlston kept the National Gallery staff busy with training sessions.