Published March 29, 2021 by Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Introducing the BCMA Spring 2021 Student Assistants

a photo montage of faces of five Bowdoin College female students
Camille Amezcua ’22, Andria Polo Brizuela ’22, Kate McKee ’22, Sydney Reaper ’21, and Brooke Wrubel ’21,

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is excited to introduce our spring cohort of student assistants. With the College’s announcement that sophomores, juniors, and seniors were allowed to return to campus for the spring semester, we knew we wanted to provide students with an opportunity to reengage with the museum and explore their professional interests. In light of COVID-19 and ensuring safe work environments, the internship program is operating in a hybrid model, offering a combination of remote and in-person work. This semester we welcomed five student assistants—four Assistants to the Curator and one Digital Media Assistant. Together they contribute to the variety of projects underway at the Museum and assist with the unique demands brought on by remote learning.

The four Student Assistants to the Curator are Camille Amezcua ’22, Kate McKee ’22, Sydney Reaper ’21, and Brooke Wrubel ’21.

Camille is a Visual Arts major and Anthropology minor with an interest in contemporary art. Under the supervision of Elizabeth Humphrey ’14, curatorial assistant and manager of student programs, she will develop educational content for the upcoming exhibition, There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art, and help design and launch the online exhibition, Along the Water: French and Dutch Impressionism.

Kate is working with Frank Goodyear, co-director, on an upcoming exhibition of nineteenth-century American photographers working in Rome. This project is a natural fit for Kate, who is an Italian Studies major and Cinema Studies minor. She brings experience working on twentieth century documentary images of Rome to her curatorial project.

Sydney, an Art History and Visual Arts major and English minor, is assisting Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director. In this capacity she is working on a number of projects related to modern and contemporary art. These include research on upcoming exhibitions about the avant-garde artist Mina Loy, the work of Helen Frankenthaler and Jo Sandman, and artwork created through the Acadia Summer Arts Program organized by Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud.

Brooke is an Art History and Italian Studies double major and Dance minor. She assists Sean Burrus, Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, with his upcoming exhibitions highlighting the ancient collection at the museum. Brooke is conducting original object-based and archival research on the collections of Edward Perry Warren (1860­–1928), a prominent American collector of antiquities whose gifts to the Museum form the core of the ancient collection.

The Digital Media Assistant position, occupied by Andria Polo Brizuela ’22, is a first for the Museum and reflects our commitment to supporting remote learning initiatives at the College. Andria double majors in Neuroscience and Visual Arts with a concentration in photography. So far, she’s been assisting Sean Burrus with collection imaging and 3D-scanning of objects used in curricular engagement, and Suzanne Bergeron, assistant director for communications, with digital programming.

The Museum of Art is pleased to have student assistants return this semester and work on current and upcoming projects.


Elizabeth Humphrey ’14
Curatorial Assistant and Manager of Student Programs