The latest recipient of Deutsche Bank’s National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Internship for 2008-9 is Caymanian Stephen Nickelson.
Mr. Nickelson, who has experience across a range of art forms, will undertake the intensive 10-month internship, which is a full-time position that will give him the opportunity to gain professional work experience and learn about the operation of an art gallery.
Throughout the course of the internship, he will be responsible for delivering a specific project for the gallery. He will also undertake a range of gallery and museum work, including educational projects, collections management, public relations, membership, volunteer management and helping to design and curate exhibitions.
The internship was open to all Caymanian residents who had completed high school. Potential applicants were asked to submit a personal statement, curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation in May this year.
A keen musician, Mr. Nickelson has been trained on a variety of instruments, including the piano, recorder, clarinet and steel pan. He has also participated in the John Gray High School Choir for the past three years and was a member of the school concert, swing and steel bands. He plays clarinet in the National Concert Band.
Mr. Nickelson has also been performing with the Barnes Dance Academy for two years and has twice entered Celebrity Dance Competitions on the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line’s Majesty of the Seas, being awarded gold medals on each occasion.
Commenting on his success, he said: ‘I have an incredible desire to become well rounded in all aspects of the arts and I am excited about the prospect of undertaking an Internship with the gallery this year. Not only will it provide me with an opportunity to continue my education in the visual arts but also to become a member of a community outreach team to promote the education of the visual arts in the Cayman Islands.’
Janet Hislop, Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited, said: ‘Deutsche Bank’s relationship with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands continues to go from strength to strength and I am delighted that Stephen, who has such obvious passion for the arts, has been awarded this exciting opportunity to gain work experience. The Internship, which demonstrates our commitment to offering opportunities to talented local artists, takes on particular significance this year as it is our 25th anniversary of being in Cayman.’
Nancy Kirkaldy Barnard, Director, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, said: ‘Stephen has demonstrated a real interest in participating in all areas of the arts, and is the only male dancer for local dance company Barnes Dance Academy.
‘He is a very eager young man and I am sure that over the coming months he will inject energy into the work that the Gallery does in promoting and encouraging the appreciation and practice of the visual arts. It is fantastic that, through our partnership with Deutsche Bank, we are able to offer local visual artists this fantastic opportunity.’