Pursuing a doctorate inAesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, Leigh A. Arnold is doing an internship at the Dallas Museum of Art from May 11, 2011 through September 9, 2013 on the topic of the History of Contemporary Art in Dallas from 1963 to the present. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Grove, the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.
- Project description: Responsible for executing a three year, multi-dimensional project researching and documenting the contemporary art scene in Dallas, Texas over a fifty-year period. Conducted primary research through the consultation of major public and private archives both local and national. With Curator of Contemporary art, curated exhibition of over 300 ephemeral and archival objects related to the history of contemporary art in Dallas. Developed exhibition checklist and organizing structure for the exhibition and publication. Authored text for online digital publication using the innovative tools of the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI). Conducted oral history interviews with key figures in the Dallas art community. Initiated the acquisitions of several major collections for the DMA Archives. Worked in conjunction with the curatorial, library & archives, registrar and exhibitions departments.