Persuaded to apply for the internship during a class orientation about our visual culture collections, Ms. Lentz’s initial inspiration for her project was our illustrated catalog for the Philadelphia toy company A. Schoenhut & Co. issued in 1918. The catalog, as well as children’s picture books, photographs and prints of toys and toy stores, and paper dolls in our collections will serve as primary resources for the young artist’s research.
Ms. Lentz’s internship will also entail the visual documentation of her process, an artist’s statement about the Library Company collections that influenced her work, and an illustrated history of the toys popular during her studied time period. Her multi-dimensional project will conclude with the display of her works at the Library Company and on the website.
The Visual Culture Program (VCP at LCP), founded in 2007, aims to promote the richness of the Library Company’s visual collections to a diverse patron base. Through the VCP internship and Ms. Lentz’s artistry, our juvenilia collections will be represented in innovative ways that will inspire scholars and artists alike. We could not be more pleased.