Emily Benfield

Freelance Painter & Drawer

Location:Edgewood, Maryland, United States
2 Skills
Emily Benfield

•Demonstrated achiever with exceptional knowledge of the elements and principles of art & design
•Strong interest in art history
•Skilled at learning new concepts quickly, working well under pressure, & communicating ideas clearly and effectively
•Background with foreign languages such as Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Latin
•Skilled at working with groups of people of all ages
•Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
•Experience with Adobe CS5 programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign on both Mac and Windows platforms

B.A., Studio Art, December 2010 3.3 GPA
Minor: Art History
High Point University, High Point, NC
Completed courses in Honors human dimensions of art, sculpture, 3-dimensional design, drawing, figure drawing, painting, design, color theory, film photography, art history, and history of photography
Study Abroad (fall 2009) – Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
•Completed courses in High Renaissance art history, painting conservation, intermediate drawing, and beginning Italian
Graphic Design (spring 2011) – Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, MD
•Completed courses in Adobe Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, and InDesign CS5 using both Mac and Windows platforms
•Obtained skills needed in order to create printed material, including brochures, newsletters, flyers, postcards, cd covers, posters, and menus. Also gained skills necessary in order to create gradient mesh images and vector icons

Reynolda House Museum of American Art September—December 2010
Intern Winston-Salem, NC
•Expanded personal knowledge of the specific artwork and artifacts in the collection, and the historic house
•Gave tours of the historic house and the collection of artwork and artifacts, and assisted with classes, for a variety of museum visitors
•Arranged all intern interviews with select department heads
•Wrote an interdisciplinary paper and presented a gallery talk on Frederic Remington’s The Rattlesnake at the conclusion of the internship
Truffles Catering at the Belvedere September—October 2011
Administrative Assistant and Assistant to Event Coordinator Baltimore, MD
•Functioned as the first point of contact for guests displaying a warm and cheerful greeting & aiding visitors in answering their questions
•Assisted with site visits, tastings, and events, often going above and beyond the call of duty
•Composed proposals and contracts, detailing event cost breakdown and food & services to be provided
•Fielded phone calls for the sales office using a polite demeanor

Member, National Society of Leadership and Success
Member, Studio Art Club

123Print June—September 2011
Customer Service Representative Frederick, MD
•Assisted customers, using expert product knowledge, and effectively handled customer questions and complaints in a courteous and timely manner
•Answered incoming telephone calls, using a positive manner, and showcased strong time management ability
Target Stores June 2006—April 2009
Softlines Team Member Frederick, MD
•Provided extraordinary service to guests, working as an effective team member, in delivering results
•Handled a significant amount of money, each work shift, totaling hundreds of dollars
First place, Congressional Artistic Discovery Competition- oil on canvas, 2007
First place, The Great Frederick Fair- oil on canvas, 2008
Student show, pastel on paper, fall 2007
oil on canvas paper, fall 2008
charcoal on paper, fall 2009
Senior Seminar show, acrylic on canvas paper, spring 2009

Intern’s name: Emily Benfield Internship dates: Fall Semester 2010
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5-Superior 4-Above Average 3-Average 2-Marginal 1-Not Acceptable
Cooperation with colleagues 5 4 3 2 1 Punctuality 5 4 3 2 1
Adaptability 5 4 3 2 1 Leadership 5 4 3 2 1
Organizational skills 5 4 3 2 1 Dependability 5 4 3 2 1
Comprehension of problems 5 4 3 2 1 Understanding of organization 5 4 3 2 1
Initiative, independence 5 4 3 2 1 Interest in organization programs 5 4 3 2 1
Creativity 5 4 3 2 1 Relationship with clients 5 4 3 2 1
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Evaluative comments on the intern’s general performance and her/his potential professional employment in the field
Emily had a very successful internship with us and achieved her goal of learning more about museums in general, and American art, music and literature in particular. She assisted with tours and classes for a variety of museum visitors. She provided much assistance in preparing for our monthly Family First workshops, and willingly completed all tasks as directed, adapting to the variety of assignments from various staff in the department. Emily made all the arrangements for the intern interviews with select department heads. She completed required readings on Reynolda and its collections, submitted daily reflections, and wrote an interdisciplinary paper and gave a gallery talk on Frederic Remington’s The Rattlesnake (1908). She came in on a few Saturdays to help families make use of an interactive educational kit, the Family Rucksack, designed to help young children and their parents become more deeply engaged with the Virtue, Vice, Wisdom & Folly: The Moralizing Tradition in American Art exhibition.
Emily’s experience in, and love of studio art makes her a strong candidate for a career as an art museum educator, or a registrar.
Relevant skills which the intern possesses
Emily is somewhat reserved, yet she expresses herself clearly, and as a studio artist, has a good understanding of studio art processes that she draws upon in her research and work with the public. Her manner is pleasant and she interacts well with others.
Areas in which improvement is needed
Emily should follow up this museum internship with additional experiences, perhaps in a contemporary art museum. I think that she should delay graduate school until she has a clearer idea of what her arts career will be—she has lots of options, but needs to know more definitely what she wants to do before she commits to a particular degree program.
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Kathleen F. G. Hutton Date
Director of Education
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