Anastasia Lipp from New Gloucester, Maine has been awarded the prestigious Lunder Summer Intership in Studio Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Lipp is a rising senior at UMaine and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in studio art with a minor in psychology.

During Lipp’s first year of college, she was enrolled in the fine arts program at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. While Lipp says she enjoyed every time there, she missed Maine and is thankful that she transferred to UMaine.

“The students and staff here genuinely have an uplifting disposition. I am excited by the diversity of facilities in the studio art program. Somedays I am forging customized metal hooks, other days I am creating elegant screen prints. UMaine makes it easy to create a close-knit community among peers and staff that prioritize checking in on your person to ensure that you have the best tools to be a successful student,” Lipp says.

At UMaine, Lipp is involved as a member of the art and design collaborative, women in business club and the sorority housing initiative. She also founded the TYPE-ONE-derful! Diabetes Club. Within this club, she hosted an art auction in collaboration with Delta Tau Delta to raise nearly $2,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

As a Lunder Intern, Lipp will serve as a teacher assistant in the summer studio art classes program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The programs she will be teaching are weeklong, theme-based studio art classes for youth ages 5–11 and 12–17. The classes will take place in the museums galleries and studios.

Lipp chose to apply for the Lunder Internship after having positive experiences taking early childhood classes at UMaine and working with adolescents at the South End Teen Center. Lipp says that she wants to be part of the team that encourages a new generation of students to use art as a resource for self expression, self reflection, and as a framework for exploring the world and human connection.

“I am looking forward to learning how professionals who have years of experience and curiosity in the artistic field develop and present lessons around a diverse showcase of artifacts, how young minds take to the activities; and the best way to communicate new information to students,” Lipp says.

As Lipp enters her senior year, she says she is looking forward to taking her capstone class. The studio art major capstone project is centered around students planning and installing an exhibition. Lipp plans to explore the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and return in the fall with a stronger sense of what a professional exhibition looks like, and how minds of all ages will interpret the varying pieces.

Contact: Hope Carroll, hope.carroll@maine.edu