Days at the Museum: Volunteering at the Penn Museum’s Camp

As the summer winds to a close, I am fondly looking back on the break. Starting Heartwork absolutely stands out as one of the best parts of my summer! Another highlight was volunteering at the camp of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

With exquisite artifacts from diverse cultures, the Penn Museum is an amazing institution, and it was a thrill to volunteer at such an esteemed museum. As a volunteer, I had the pleasure of helping campers explore ancient Greece – one of my favorite eras in art history – and writing for the camp’s blog. Click on the following links to check out the blog posts that I wrote: link 1, link 2, link 3, and link 4.

From blog posts to museum trips and more, a summer spent with art history is a summer well spent!penn museum


Interview: Museumist

I was so excited to be interviewed by! Museumist – “a forum for debate, discussion, and the display of all things museum-related” – asked me about the blog, my plans for the future, art history book recommendations, and more.

Check out the fun interview titled “All It Takes Is a Little Heartwork” by clicking on this link!

Day at the Museum: Visiting the Barnes Foundation

On a rainy day in July, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore a Philadelphia treasure: the Barnes Foundation. With a prodigious number of works by incredible painters – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse are particularly well-represented – the Barnes Foundation offers a variety of truly breathtaking artwork.

The Barnes Foundation provides a unique viewing experience, as the dazzling works of art are arranged closely and thematically. On the one hand, this system encourages viewers to think about the connections between the paintings. On the other hand, I found that the lack of space between the works detracted from the focus on the individual paintings. I would love to hear your thoughts on the Barnes Foundation’s inventive arrangements in the comments below!

While visitors may not snap photos with the actual paintings, I was sure to preserve my enjoyable visit by taking a picture in the lobby:



Happy birthday, Rembrandt!

For those of you keeping a Night Watch on the Internet, I have a late-night post for you!

On what would have been Rembrandt van Rijn’s 407th birthday, Google honored the Dutch artist with one of its signature Google doodles. As both an art history lover and a Google doodle enthusiast, this tribute to Rembrandt was a welcome sight on my screen!



If you’re still in the mood for celebrating Rembrandt, check out this incredible YouTube video that shows a flash mob re-creating Night Watch at a mall in the Netherlands!

Day at the Museum: Shadowing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

I had the unique opportunity to shadow the college internship program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for one day. I greatly enjoyed meeting staff members and interns and getting a special peek at the inner workings of this esteemed institution.

During my day at the museum, I also explored the collection with one of the college interns. While I took pictures – which you can see in the slideshow below – with only my favorites, there were countless other magnificent and enriching works of art that I also loved seeing at the museum.

What fun is a post about the Philadelphia Museum of Art without the famous Rocky scene? Click here to play it, and fast-forward to minute 2:00 to find the museum.

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Picture Re-creations: Airigami’s Balloon Masterpieces

Larry Moss, founder of Airigami, makes incredible and inflatable artwork out of balloons! His amazingly fun portfolio of twisted latex designs includes delightful re-creations of famous masterpieces. With his permission, I am sharing some of my favorites below.

Be sure to check out the rest of his air-filled renditions of iconic paintings under the Master Works section of his website – these gems are sure to not go over like a lead balloon!