How One Jazzy Intern Is Educating Audiences About Art

Eric Zhou is the education intern at the Mead this summer, working with Keely Sarr, the assistant educator on staff, to create “bonus features” for the the fall exhibitions — interpretive materials for audiences who want more information about the art on view. He is also building a WordPress website to hold the content he develops. Eric 1What’s it like being at Amherst over the summer? And what qualifies Eric as “jazzy”? Read on!

Name, class year: Eric Zhou, Class of 2019
Hometown: Shoreline, Washington, just north of Seattle
I’m contemplating majoring in history, classics, or biochemistry.
Internship projects: So far I’m developing a printed guide for young visitors to the Mead and an online handbook focusing on the ancient Greek collection. I’m also creating a page that will provide biographies of notable Americans in the collection, such as the actor Paul Robeson and writer Gertrude Stein, and a Prezi/timeline map of artworks that capture aspects of daily life shown in art.
Behind the scenes at the Mead I’ve discovered it takes a lot of work to create any sort of project. Also, that there is a rhyme and reason in how an exhibition is put together.

Eric is creating an online handbook about the ancient Greek collection. Greek amphora, Archaic Period (ca. 520 BCE). Ceramic, black figure, 1950.59

My previous experience as an educator includes volunteering as a tutor in the Amherst public schools last year, in an after-school program called VELA Scholars.
Summer in Amherst gives me time to focus on what I like to do, without worrying about homework. And go out more.

Paul Robeson
One of the portraits that will be on view at the Mead this fall, and that Eric is researching, is Edward Steichen, “Paul Robeson as Emperor Jones, New York,” 1933. Gelatin silver print. 1985.59.4



Most people don’t know that I play alto sax. I was in the Amherst jazz combo Song X last year.
Next year I want to continue playing jazz, and I hope to play club soccer. 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s