Name: Ivy Gray-Klein
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: History of Art
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois and Thomaston, Maine
Student Activities: Banter Blogger, Tour Guide, Haverford College Concert Series
During a summer internship with the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Ivy Gray-Klein ’14 was able to combine her two interests—art history and journalism—into an internship specifically tailored to her. Ivy worked with the head of the publications department to compile research and contribute a 40-plus-page bibliography for an upcoming exhibition catalog.
“As an intern, it’s easy to feel like you are just in the way when you are trying to help,” says Ivy. “During my internship I felt like I was being actively utilized as a resource and not just an afterthought.”
Preparation is Key: Because I had a lot of previous experience, my supervisor at the ICA was generous in his commitment to helping me tailor the internship to what I wanted to learn. The research skills I had developed through upper-level seminars at Bryn Mawr helped me synthesize information quickly and effectively.
Connections: The curatorial assistant for the exhibition catalog I worked on was Katherine Rochester, a Ph.D. candidate at Bryn Mawr. It was exciting to assist a fellow Mawrter on this project. Because the ICA is part of University of Pennsylvania, I was able to use my Bryn Mawr connections to find any materials the university couldn’t source, which made it a very successful collaborative effort.
An Undecided Beginning: I intentionally came to Bryn Mawr undecided, even though I kind of knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to utilize the liberal arts curriculum to take a broad range of classes before committing to a major.
Why Art History: It was in the fall of my sophomore year that I took the course, Women, Feminism, and the History of Art with Professor Lisa Saltzman. It was absolutely the catalyst for me to become an history of art major.
A.B./M.A. Program: Going into my junior year, I had finished the vast majority of requirements for my A.B., but still needed more credits to graduate. I decided if I have to take more classes, I might as well begin graduate coursework towards an M.A. More brain for your buck. I never considered graduate school before Bryn Mawr, but being an A.B./M.A. scholar has been an invaluable experience academically and personally.
Res Life: A big part of Bryn Mawr is the residential life. I’ve lived in the same dorm, Radnor, for all four years. It has fostered this environment that if you’re in your room, your door is open because people pop in and out. There’s always someone in the common room to talk to and we host dorm-wide BBQs in the spring. This dorm dynamic really pushed me to be more outgoing and to find a balance between my academics and socializing.
Bryn Mawr Moment: Last year, I volunteered at Reunion Weekend and it was such a validating experience. Watching the alumnae at Step Sing was incredibly surreal. It epitomized the lasting bond Mawrters have to the institution and their peers. That’s why I came here. Bryn Mawr is for life; it’s not for four years.