Chicago, IL - The Leather Archives & Museum [LA&M] announces the arrival of Allison R. Wickman from the Art Libraries Society of North America [ARLIS] Internship program. She will be spending approximately 5 weeks at the LA&M creating a user guide for AIDS related resources at the institution.
Allison was the Tom of Finland Foundation [Los Angeles, CA] Library Director for three years after which she interned with the curator of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. She currently resides in Helsinki, Finland where she is acting as the International Liaison for the Tom of Finland Foundation. She has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is now working on her MLIS through San Jose State University. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most recently the Art Libraries Society of North America Internship Award.
This prestigious award grants financial support to students of librarianship, visual resources and curatorship, in order to support an internship at an art library or visual resources collection. Having spoken on a panel alongside LA&M's Executive Director Rick Storer at an ARLIS NA conference the previous year, Allison had little doubt as to where she would like to intern. She is now examining the LA&M's oral history collection in order to create a user guide that focuses on dialogues relevant to the impact of AIDS on leather culture, community and art. She will use audio files from these conversations and relevant images from LA&M's collection in order to curate an online exhibition. The purpose of this exhibition will be to highlight portions of LA&M's holdings that are relevant to the AIDS epidemic.