This blog post features brief interviews with our 2020 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Interns, Madison Quiroz, Curatorial and Collections intern, and Lizette Carrasco, Education and Public Programming intern. This year our interns have had to navigate their internships under the unique circumstances of COVID-19. We asked them a few questions about how they have been coping and staying creative during this difficult time. We also asked them to share their personal and professional goals and what they hope to achieve during their time with us this summer. Get to know them a bit more below!

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Madison Quiroz is a fourth year Art History and Chicanx Studies student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is the 2020 Getty Marrow Curatorial and Collections intern at the Vincent Price Art Museum.

What is your internship focused on? How has COVID-19 impacted your position? 

As a Curatorial and Collections intern, the original focus of my position was to assist with the annual student exhibition. Since this event has been cancelled for 2020, I sit on the curatorial team for an upcoming exhibit in 2021. I’ve been conducting research on various artists included in the exhibition, as well as researching scholarship on the focus of the exhibition in order to further the educational mission of the show. Some of my tasks also asked me to reconsider the interactive portion of some pieces in order to adhere to new safety procedures, so I conducted research on various technologies that could engage visitors while also being mindful of how visitor engagement might look post-COVID. I’ve also tasked myself with finding ways to improve the exhibition side of the museum’s website. We are in a moment where digital interaction is especially highlighted, and I wanted to find ways that the museum’s exhibition pages could engage people beyond the in-person visit, while also thinking about ways that the website could act as a place of continued learning. This shift has really been a blessing in disguise. Not only has my involvement in this new position left me better equipped to navigate this role in the museum world, but it has also sparked interest in curating for me, and I realize how much influence curators have in the museum world. I feel that this further solidifies my passion and mission to create better pathways for BIPOC to hold influential positions like these. 

What would your ideal career be? And why?

My studies are focused in Art History and Chicanx Studies. I’d love to work in archives or libraries for an organization or institution that primarily focuses on Latinx and Chicanx sources. Once I become more experienced working with archives I’d like to find ways to communicate this knowledge to my communities so that people are able to better archive and preserve their own stories and histories. An archive can act as society’s collective memory, and right now there are too many stories and voices missing from it. I want to figure out how I can best help fill in those gaps. 

What are you looking forward to most this year?

As an intern, I’m most interested in seeing how places such as VPAM work closely with their communities in order to produce exhibitions and programming that reflect those they are serving. I believe it is crucial that museums understand the spaces they are occupying and continually identify ways in which they can better serve their community. I’m also looking forward to my last year at UCLA, and interested to see what that will look like. I’m hoping to refocus a lot of time and energy back into my art.

What do you like to do for fun?

I have my own artistic practice creating ballpoint pen art. I’ve been doing it for about five years now and I fell in love with creating art out of limited and traditionally “lowbrow” materials. I also love the fact that wherever I am, I’m able to have all the tools I need to create art. 

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Lizette Carrasco is an incoming Sociology major at the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). She previously attended East Los Angeles College (ELAC), where she served as a student tutor at the Vincent Price Art Museum for two years. 

What is your internship focused on? How has COVID-19 impacted your position?           

I am the Education and Public Programming intern. My internship focuses on working closely with the museum staff to create a concrete contact and community outreach list to help further promote the opportunities that the Vincent Price Art Museum offers such as internships, employment, public programming & exhibitions. I am also working on how to improve the museum’s website for future accessibility since classes at ELAC and many other campuses will be held online due to the pandemic we are currently facing. My personal mission for this internship is to make sure ELAC students realize the incredible resources this museum provides. There aren’t many art institutions that serve communities of color, are staffed by majority people of color, and have artists of color prominently featured in their collection. My internship not only serves the students of ELAC but the surrounding communities in the area. This is my first internship and due to covid, I am not getting the same experience that I would have received in person. A major part of my internship that I was really looking forward to, was the interaction of meeting new people within the museum field, visiting different institutions as well as working with my colleagues.

What would your ideal career be? And why?                                                                   

My ideal career is to work as a children’s therapist incorporating art. Art has had a tremendous effect on my life and being exposed to art at such a young age has generated this new skill set of self-expression and communication through my art. It is very important to me that children get the same opportunity to express themselves in art.

What are you looking forward to most this year?                                                           

I am working on a project that I am excited about for the museum’s website that I hope to accomplish before my internship is over. This project involves creating a video presentation of the museum’s pre-Columbian collection along with photographs highlighting popular ceramic pieces on display. These works are often visited by ELAC students and incorporated in classroom assignments, so making this collection partial digital is something that I look forward to achieving as a Getty intern.

What do you like to do for fun?                                                                                          

In my spare time, I love taking photos! It is my main creative outlet. My favorite camera to shoot with is my 35mm. I prefer to shoot with a 35mm because the quality in photographs is finer. I primarily use black & white film to shoot with. My work consists of landscape, graffiti and portraits. 


The Vincent Price Art Museum is grateful to the Getty Foundation for allowing us to mentor and collaborate with the next generation of arts professionals in Los Angeles. To learn more about the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship Program, along with other museum opportunities at VPAM, please visit the following links:

Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship Program

Smithsonian Undergraduate Internship Program

Museum Studies Certificate Program