2023 Internships and Scholarship

Meet Madison Loving, Hagerstown Community College intern

As part of a closer collaborative relationship with Hagerstown Community College, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announces its newest intern, Madison Loving of Hagerstown.

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The internship was an outgrowth of conversations between both organizations about how to enhance educational opportunities for students while also providing support to the museum. The 19-year-old sophomore is a visual arts major at Hagerstown Community College. She will graduate in December with an associate’s degree.

“My two main career goals for myself are to either work in a museum maybe in curation,” she said. “But I also want to be an art teacher.” Loving said the internship would allow her to learn about working in museums. She plans on transferring to Shepherd University for the spring 2024 semester to major in art education.

However, the internship might change her mind to switch to a museum studies major. “I wanted a good experience to get an idea of which one I would be leaning toward,” she said.’

Loving has always used art as a way to bring herself out of her shell. Growing up, she found it hard to talk to others, but art gave her a way.

“I never really hung out with a lot of people,” she said. “I always just kind of used it as an escape.” Creating art also became a self-confidence booster for her. Some of her earliest memories were when her preschool teacher would compliment her on her artwork. She said her elementary art teacher was an inspiration because he also encouraged her art. Those positive reinforcements have stayed with her up to adulthood.

“I kind of just found something that I enjoyed to do so I just continued doing it,” she said.

When she’s not making art, Loving plays bass and guitar in a band with Sloan School of Music. She also enjoys comics, cartoons and fashion. While at the museum, Loving has been working with Director of Education Kellie Mele on developing a series of bonding through art programs for preschool-age children and their caregivers. HCC students are encouraged to talk to their advisors about the potential of interning for academic credit. At the museum, opportunities can be tailored to various interests, including exhibition support, collections management, marketing, administration, and education. Other students interested in museum internships should send a letter of inquiry to infor@wcmfa.org

Jean Cushwa College Internship

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting applications for the Jean Cushwa College Internship.

The Jean Cushwa College Internship is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in fine art, art history, art education, museum studies, or a similar field of study. The intern will become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the museum and contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions, under the supervision of staff.

The work of the intern will support the museum’s collections management and care, exhibition planning, and/or art education program activities. All interns, regardless of prior experience, will receive an overview of the museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions or art education management, and museum best practices. Interns will benefit from an introduction to behind the scenes work of a professional art museum, and from the opportunity to develop professional skills. The intern must submit to a background check and drug test.

The intern will be chosen through an interview process involving museum curatorial and education staff. The internship is funded through the Jean Cushwa Art Internship Fund. The intern will receive a stipend of up to $1,000 upon completion of about 74 hours. To apply: Please submit the following required materials by Jan. 19, 2024: • Résumé • Current, official transcript

• Letter of interest (cover letter

• One letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor. Send complete application* to educator@wcmfa.org. Zip file is not necessary. Maximum email size is 10 MB.

*Official transcript may be sent by your school separate from your application packet. Subject line must be Cushwa Internship Application. If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the museum no later than March 1, 2024.

For more information, go to https://wcmfa.org/internship-and-scholarship/ Questions may be directed to Kellie Mele at educator@wcmfa.org.

Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting applications for the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Award.

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior who resides in Washington County, Maryland. The student must plan to pursue a career in visual art, art history, art education, design, architecture, or museum studies. Funds are to be used to support tuition and fees for the first year of college.

To apply: Please submit, no later than Jan. 19, 2024, a letter of interest, a copy of your current transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. Make sure that your application materials include the following information to support the selection criteria:

• Personal information (your name, address, email, phone number, etc.)

• High school and date of expected graduation

• College you plan to attend and estimated start date

• Chosen major/course of study

• High school activities: o Transcript and/or grade report o Organizations and activities, including leadership positions o Academic and/or art honors, school awards, or recognitions o Volunteer community service (if beyond 75 hours required for Student Service Learning) o Community recognitions, honors, or awards

• A brief description of your career goals in the aforementioned career fields

• A letter of reference from your high school art teacher or guidance counselor Send the complete application packet to: Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The winner will be notified by March 1, 2024, and publicly announced at the Washington County Public School Art Awards Ceremony in May15, 2024. The winner will also be expected to give a brief (5 minute or less) speech about his/her personal artistic development. Details about the event will be given closer to the date. Further questions can be sent to Director of Education Kellie Mellie at educator@wcmfa.org.


Regina “Jean” Cushwa was born in Philadelphia on June 2, 1922. She graduated from West Catholic Girls School in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia School of Design (now Moore College of Art and Design). In 1946, she married David K. Cushwa III and moved to Williamsport, Maryland., where she lived for the rest of her life. She was a housewife and mother of three children. She also was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Williamsport, for more than 65 years. Jean was very involved in her community and was a board member of Girls Inc., Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and The Historical Society of Washington County. Over the years, she was a member of the Women’s Club, various gardening clubs of Hagerstown and she was very proud to have been one of the first volunteers for Hospice when the organization was first put together in Washington County. She mentored children at the local Williamsport schools and enjoyed that very much in her later years.

Meet our 2023 Jean Cushwa College Intern: Michael Monica

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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that Michael Monica of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 2023 Jean Cushwa College Internship. Monica, 19, will be a junior this fall at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he is majoring in museum studies. The Jean Cushwa College Internship is a competitive scholarship available annually to a qualified college student majoring in fine art, art history, art education, museum studies, or a similar field. Monica applied for the internship because the museum “has a unique and special collection that offered that first little step into larger museums that I wanted to take. It just seemed like a prime opportunity for me.” Monica has a special affinity for museums. “I wanted to work in museums ever since I was really young,” he said, noting at about 6 or 7 years old, museums became a main bonding thing between me and my grandpa….” He mentioned that his grandfather lives in Kinderhook, New York, which is the home of the eighth president of the United States. “So, we went to the Martin Van Buren house a lot,” he said with a laugh. Those trips with his grandfather instilled in Monica a love of museums. “I couldn’t really see myself doing anything else,” he said. Today, he is looking forward to beginning his career in museums. His interests are in 18th-century European rulers, the Holy Roman Empire and the Royal Collection in England. While a student at Juniata College, he worked with the college’s Museum of Art where he handled the objects themselves. “That’s definitely an area that I’d be interested in working in as well,” he said, mentioning that he’d be interested in becoming a museum registrar. (The position responsible for maintaining detailed records related to collections and caring directly for the objects on a day-to-day basis.) One exhibition he worked on at Juniata featured the work of American sculptor Alexander Calder, who was known for his mobiles. He also worked on an exhibition called “Your Choice” in which students were asked to shape the exhibition based on what they were most interested in seeing on display from the museum’s collection. Monica has also worked and volunteered at the Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Through his internship with the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Monica will become familiar with the museum’s day-to-day operations and contribute to various museum projects and functions. The work of the intern will support the museum’s art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities. He will receive an overview of the museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions, art education management, and museum best practices. During his 10-week internship, Monica will work closely with Daniel Fulco, Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator, and Sarah C. Wolfe, Collections Registrar and Exhibition Coordinator. Monica will also receive a stipend of up to $1,000 for his time. Monica enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his friends, and, of course, visiting museums. He plans on visiting a few over the summer. Qualified students apply in the spring and are evaluated and interviewed by a selection committee. Applications for the next Jean Cushwa College Internship will be in the spring of 2023.

 Meet our Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Winner: Illeana Ekins

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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has announced that Ileana Ekins of Boonsboro has been awarded the Jean Cushwa Art  Scholarship. Ileana, 17, was presented with a certificate during the May 24 Washington County Public Schools’ Art Awards Ceremony at the museum. The Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship was established to assist high school students who plan on majoring in visual art/studio art, art history, art education, architecture and/or design. Scholarship recipients receive $1,000 to offset tuition at the college of their choice. Ileana, the daughter of Tammy and Alan Ekin, graduated in May from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. She will attend Hagerstown Community College this fall, with a plan to transfer to a four-year university and major in visual arts. “I really hope to be a concept artist, but illustration is always a good plan,” she said, noting that “I’m open for ideas as long as it’s arts as a career.” Her BISFA art teacher Todd Geiman recommended her for the scholarship. He wrote. “Ileana is a delight to work with. She has an inventive and exploratory attitude toward art, always aiming to improve and innovate. She is also very dependable, trustworthy and respectful. She collaborates well with others and appreciates constructive criticism. She has a positive outlook and a great sense of humor. Ileana is driven and inspired by her love for art and her aspiration to make a difference.” Ileana recently won the Google Doodle competition in the grades 10-12 group for Maryland. The Nationals winner will be announced June 6. In her spare time, she enjoys video games and spending time with her family. And, of course, Ileana loves to create art. “I draw. I draw so much,” she said.