Intern Spotlight – Parker Louise Bobbitt
by Jason T. Perry
This week’s Intern Spotlight is Communications Intern Parker Louise Bobbitt.
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Favorite Color: Indigo Blue
Favorite Art Piece: Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #618
Parker worked as a Gallery Attendant for over a year and a half before becoming an intern for the Asheville Art Museum. While working for the Museum, her curiosity for the art she was protecting grew. Parker joined the Docents, a volunteer program that gives guided tours in the Museum to groups of many ages, including young children. Through the Docent program, she has been able to expand her knowledge of art while sharing her passion with kids through guided tours.
“Learning about a piece can really open your eyes to something deeper that you didn’t understand before,” says Parker. “It doesn’t have to be reading about the artwork, it can just be looking for an extended period of time. Not many people do that. You can really fall in love with a piece of artwork and form a stronger connection with it.”
Parker, still hungry to learn, wondered how a museum operated behind the scenes. She found the Communications Department to be her best fit and has been interning since March 2016.
What does art mean to Parker?
“For the longest time, I thought it was just a painting hanging on the wall,” says Parker. “I have come to realize that it’s not just a canvas on the wall, words on the page, or music that you listen to. For me it’s a lot more than that. It’s the conversation that you are having, what’s happening between the piece of art and the viewer. Art makes things that you cannot see visible, things you can’t touch almost tangible, and things you can’t hear almost audible. That’s what art means to me.”
Future Plans: Attend UNC Asheville as a Mass Communications and Art History major, earn her Masters in Communications, and then pursue a career as a communications consultant for museums, galleries and individual artists.
Image Above: Parker Louise Bobbitt standing next to her favorite work, Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #618