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. What’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.
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.
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.