Internship Recipients

Each year, the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts awards a $2,000 stipend to an Arkansas woman student attending an Arkansas university or college to collaborate with a mentor working in an Arkansas museum, gallery or cultural organization. The internship is designed to give the student an opportunity to learn about and make contributions to the cultural life of Arkansas while enriching her Program of Study related to the advancement of fine arts, art history, or arts administration. Chosen by Committee members from numerous applicants, the internship has enabled recipients to pursue real-life work experiences in the arts.  

2021 Intern: Marti Boren

Marti Boren, of Sherwood, is a student at Arkansas State University where she is working on BA in Art History with a certificate in Museum Studies. She will intern at the Central Arkansas Library System Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Her project will involve the analysis and care of the Rohwer Japanese American Incarceration Camp Collection, which was donated in 2010 by Rosalie Gould, former mayor of McGehee, who fought to preserve the history of the camp. The collection includes hundreds of artworks produced by U.S citizens of Japanese descent while incarcerated in Arkansas. High school art teacher and Rohwer Camp art instructor Mabel Jamison “Jamie” Vogel was allowed to keep much of their work and bequeathed it to Gould for the archive, which extensively documents a shameful episode in U.S. history.

From Marti:

My future professional goal is marketing and programming in the museum context, with a particular focus on public service work. Coming from the Little Rock area, I am aware of the impact that cultural outreach can have on a population, and I want to use the knowledge I have gained in my studies to create programs that serve the public, offering a way for communities to interact with the arts. My passion lies in bridging the gap between communities and the arts. Our world needs social equity, and the arts can play an important role in attaining that balance.”

2020 Intern: Laken Dickson

Laken’s internship project combines her expertise and training as a BFA student in graphic design from Arkansas Tech University with an initiative to increase online presence and productivity for the River Valley Arts Center in her hometown of Russellville, Arkansas.

From Laken:

“While I have learned so much in class, there is only so much you can learn about the reality of a job in the Graphic Design field by just sitting in class. I believe a vital part of a learning experience is the practical application of the skills you have learned, and this internship would provide me with an opportunity to gain practical knowledge about the field of professional Graphic Design while further growing my portfolio and developing my skills.


I have lived in the River Valley area my whole life, so working with the River Valley Arts Center allows me to make an impact on furthering the arts in my own community. For this internship, I am reworking the Arts Center’s public image, specifically their online presence. I’ll rework the logo and come to a design that will work effectively across all platforms to develop an integrated brand: on their website, social media icons and on print forms.”

2019 Intern: Lillian Osier

Lillian Osier assisted staff at the Batesville Area Arts Center with the Summer Art Camp for Kids and the Summer Celebration fundraiser. Osier received the ACNMWA internship as a sophomore at Lyon College where she is majoring in art and president of the Lyon College Art Student League.

From Lillian:


“These two projects allowed me the opportunity to help organize two major events. I really appreciated the opportunity to work with children in the arts and help them have a better appreciation of the art around them, and to also help with such a large-scale event to raise money for this nonprofit. The internship was an amazing experience for me and has made me even more excited to one day have my own gallery.”

Interested in becoming an ACNMWA Intern?

The internship gives young women the opportunity learn about, and make contributions, to the cultural life of Arkansas while enriching her Program of Study related to the advancement of fine arts, art history or arts administration. Chosen from numerous applicants, the internship enables recipients to pursue real-life work experiences in the arts.