Monday, May 13, 2024
A photo of gallery host Jack Sorenson. He stands, smiling, with his hands behind his back in front of the colorful lobby mural at the Stanley Museum of Art.

Explain your experience working for the Stanley:

As a Gallery Host, I've spent the last year and a half welcoming people into the Stanley. Most of the time, that means greeting folks as they come into the museum, but it also means helping set up for events, answering questions people have about all kinds of things, and handing out prizes for scavenger hunts. 

How did your involvement at the Stanley complement your studies?

As an English and Creative Writing major with a minor in Social Justice, my work at the Stanley has given me different experiences from those I encounter in class, but I've always found a lot of connections between school and work. Getting to hear from artists who come and speak at the museum has given me a lot to think about as a creative writer, and I've also had the chance to learn a lot about curation, art history, and collections management that I never would have known about otherwise. 

What was your favorite moment or part of working at the Stanley?

My favorite moment is a tie between all the Thursday night shifts where nobody came in and we had to entertain ourselves by doing map quizzes or asking each other random questions. 

Where are you headed next?

I'll be in Iowa City for the summer, but what happens after that remains shrouded in mystery. 

What will you miss most about Iowa?

All the wonderful people I've gotten to meet here!