Name: Steven Kramer
Address: 1015 Three Dog Road, Chapin SC 29036, United States
My name is Steven Kramer. I have recently graduated from Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) where I gained my Masters in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. While the primary focus of my Masters is heavily concentrated around photography and photo-objects, the Collections Management portion of this degree insures graduates, like myself, gain experience and are educated in museum archival, catalog and registration practices. During the course of the two full year program at Ryerson I have interned at both the National Museum of Australia under the supervision of Head of Conservation: Vickie Humphrey, as well as at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto under the supervision of Photography Curators Maia Sutnik, Sophie Hackett and Collections Manager Liana Radvak.
At both institutions I performed multiple tasks including photographic database cataloging (Opal and TMS), condition reporting, art handling and retrieval, re-housing proposals, archival box making, exhibition de-installation, and assisted in digitization. I also helped assist in pest management data collection and monitoring at both institutions.
During my internship experience I documented the storage and archival techniques of the National Library of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Film and Sound Archives, in order to create a comprehensive re-housing proposal for the National Museum of Australia\'s photographic glass plate collection. In addition to the many other day to day tasks, such as assisting with the de-installation of exhibits, art relocating and condition reporting, I also assisted the Museum's Photography and Digitization department led by George Serras. My primary job at the National Museum of Australia was to catalog and condition report the contents of a 1913 Edmund Milne photographic album. Once fully cataloged, information regarding the album and its contents were then entered into the museum's electronic database (Emu). Other institutions visited during the course of the program included The George Eastman House in Rochester NY, the Canadian Preservation Institute in Ottawa, the City of Toronto Archives, The Archives of Ontario and the Gatineau Preservation Centre.
For my final thesis I undertook the responsibility of fully cataloging and contextualizing three photographic albums of post WWII Japan, that are now part of the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In addition to fully supplying my rational for my cataloging methodology, I also provided a geographical chronology of the albums, highlighting the order of the destinations depicted in the album. Because the albums had only recently been accessioned into the museum's collection, they had yet to be fully investigated. I took it upon myself to provide some much needed contextualization of the albums and their compiler, to aid any future museum staff or researcher. During this time I work closely with Collection Information & Resources Manager: Liana Radvak, to insure all files and metadata were entered correctly, within the museum's TMS database.
I believe the skill sets and experiences acquired during both my time at Ryerson University and interning at the institutions mentioned, provide me with the very qualifications required to assist the needs of any Museum's archives, collections management, or photography department.
Ryerson University. Toronto, ON, Canada September 2011 - August 2013
. Masters - Photographic Preservation and Collection Management
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC Graduated May 2010
. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography: Commercial Track
York County Museum, Rock Hill, SC January - May 2010
. Photo Database Intern - Digital Photo-Data Base Project: Digitally record and archive photos, negatives, and slides for archival use and Museum's 40th year anniversary.
Habitat for Humanity: ReStore, Columbia, SC August 2010 - August 2011
. Web-Content and Multimedia Manager: Manage ReStore Website, Facebook page, Flickr account, photographed special events and builds (CSCrestore.org). Skills used: Digital Photography, Photoshop CS5, Joomlaa Management System
National Museum of Australian, Canberra, Australia May 2012 - July 2012
. Conservation Intern: Condition report, catalog and digitize multiple photographic objects, including an entire photo-album for the Museum's "1913" exhibition. Wrote proposal for new housing methods, environment, and digitization techniques for the Museum's glass plate and lantern slide collection.
- Database cataloging (Emu, formally Opal)
- Archival box building and design
- Intro into various conservation techniques and practices
- Exhibition de-installment and cataloging
- Pest and hazard inspection
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON August 2012 - July 2013
. Prints and Drawings Intern: Catalog numerous photographs and photo-objects into the Museum's 2012 TMS database all while adhering to RAD standards. Assist in photographic object handling and retrieval from Museum's vault for special viewings and acquisition purposes. Catalog three photographic albums for Museum's electronic database as well as for personal thesis project. Assist in reorganizing and alphabetizing the curatorial staff\'s photographer artist files.
Miami United Football Club, Miami, FL February 2013 - Present
. Graphic Artist, Web Content & Social Media Manager: Create web based and promotional graphic art work/designs for Club\'s website, social media outlets, and apparel. (Photoshop CS5). Maintain, design and update Club\'s website with game results, promotions and events using Wordpress. (miamiunitedsoccer.com)
Sophie Hackett: Assistant Curator of Photography at Art Gallery of Ontario
416.979.6660 ext 844
Vickie Humphrey: Head of Conservation, National Museum of Australia
+61 (0)2 6208 5036
Liana Radvak: Collection Information & Resources Manager at Art Gallery of Ontario
Valid until January 31st, 2015