HAHS selects Tianna Darling as Fall 2018 Intern
Internship Supported Through Wyeth Foundation for American Art
Image: Tianna in the entry hall of Daniel Chester French’s former house at Chesterwood, 2018
Valerie Balint, HAHS Program Manager for HAHS, took some time to chat with Tianna Darling (HAHS Fall 2018 Intern) about her experience.
VB: We love having you here at Chesterwood. What is your background? Where did you study and what? When did you graduate?
TD: I am from Westfield, Massachusetts and went to college at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, MA. At MCLA I majored in History and also minored in Public History and Physics. I graduated this past May.
VB: What have you been working on for HAHS?
TD: This fall for HAHS I have been working on creating materials to assist with the publication of a new book, which details every HAHS site. This has included organizational material for image both for use by HAHS and the publisher.
VB: What have you enjoyed about working at an artists’ home?
TD: I have learned so much about the life and artistic process of Daniel Chester French. I did not know anything about how sculpture was made before I came to work here, and it is fascinating to learn about the process while being right here where it happened.
VB: HAHS is based at Chesterwood. What’s it like working at the home of sculptor Daniel Chester French?
TD: I like working at Chesterwood because of all the interesting people you get to meet and talk to. Most people have heard of or seen the Lincoln Memorial but many don't know anything about the man behind it. It is fun to be able to share and talk about French with visitors.
VB: What’s have you learned about these types of sites?
TD: I have enjoyed working in an artist's home because I have learned so much about the life and artistic process of Daniel Chester French. I did not know anything about how sculpture was made before I came to work here, and it is fascinating to learn about the process while being right here where it happened.
VB: Anything else you’d like to share about your internship?
TD: Through my time here, I have learned that HAHS is an important program because it helps people to understand art and artists, as well as inspire people interested in becoming artists. As someone who loves history, I know that having an understanding of the past is very important, and HAHS helps people do that with artists.
Thanks Tianna for all your good work for HAHS and Chesterwood.
HAHS appreciates the support of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, which makes this internship possible.