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Library Internship at NYSS: Saoma Ozoria

Thanks to a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the New York Studio School was able to host a paid internship for a rising high school senior or early undergraduate student in the John McEnroe Library during the summer of 2021. Saoma Ozoria, an honor roll student with an interest in illustration, was chosen for the post. Over the course of nine weeks, she worked to digitize some of the School’s extensive historic 35mm slide film collection. Amassed by both the NYSS art history and studio faculty since the School’s founding in 1964, the collection holds roughly 10,000 35mm slides spanning a vast time period, from prehistoric cave paintings to modern and contemporary art.

My name is Saoma Ozoria, I went to Uncommon Charter High School and my high school college counselor told me about an opportunity to work at New York Studio School the summer of 2021. I was delighted to be given the opportunity because I wanted to dip my toes into a job that was in the art industry. Being the library intern was a very calming and insightful time, mainly about different artists and art. The easiest part was scanning the film, unless the scanner wanted to be difficult. As I continued to work identifying the different art pieces, I noticed it became easier to find which artist created which piece. My favorite piece was Birth of Venus, and my favorite artist is Canaletto. Though looking for Canaletto’s many art pieces was a bit of a task, I also saw many works from people who taught at NYSS. I was in awe of the fact that the School had preserved the work of the teachers there. Also using those teachers works to teach classes at the school. Not only do the students learn about artists from earlier periods, but also contemporary artists that could possibly be teaching them as well.

I had the opportunity to meet with Development Coordinator Bee Chessman and Exhibition and Alumni Coordinator Rachel Rickert at NYSS and learned about what their work entails. Learning about how some artists have their work sold at the School’s benefits was amazing and I got to see which people already submitted their artwork to be sold and Bee explained to me how she contacts them and how some people are asked to give in artwork because they have a good relationship with the School. It sounds like a bit of a stressful job because Bee does have to go out and pick up the art pieces, but it’s a blessing in disguise because you’d be able to go and see different places in the city. Rachel and I talked about many things, especially about the real world and different jobs that are in the art industry that many people do not really know about. Speaking with her made me feel relieved about having a career in art because I can find a job in different areas in the industry that is not mainstream. Also that I could find a job that will allow me to have personal studio time and work time just as Rachel has. Working by Washington Square Park was also very lively. Sometimes I would wait there in the mornings and see some interesting characters even at 9 am. I once watched two drunk men dance in the fountain and shower in there. One of the men was wearing a suit and sat at the center of the fountain and he looked like he was contemplating life, and in my opinion it made for a great photo.

Overall, I loved being the Library Intern for the New York Studio School. It was a relaxing job and I got to learn about many different artworks by diverse artists from old to contemporary. I appreciated speaking with other staff members as well. They offered great insight about the art industry and sound advice on being a young adult and exploring new opportunities in college. Being in Greenwich Village allowed me to explore the city more and enjoy the culture that the community has. Coming out of isolation into a job that was in person was very important for me to develop a sense of maturity that I felt like I missed out on in my senior year of high school. All in all, I am very thankful for my position as the Library Intern at NYSS.

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