Brittain launching career at Smithsonian Institution

Brittain launching career at Smithsonian Institution

Morgan Brittain portrait

Morgan Brittain

Morgan Brittain, from Winterset, Iowa, has been selected for an internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Brittain, a graduating senior majoring in political science with a minor in art history, plans to pursue a career in art museum administration. He will begin graduate study in art history in the coming years, but will spend time working in the museum field during the gap. His summer will be spent at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a unit of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Hirshhorn is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. As a Katzenberger Art History intern in the Hirshhorn’s Department of Public Engagement, Brittain will develop digital and printed materials to aide visitors in understanding a rich and ambitious exhibition entitled In the Beginning.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. On July 1, 1836, Congress accepted the legacy bequeathed to the nation by James Smithson and pledged the faith of the United States to the charitable trust. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 138 million, including more than 127 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History.