The Alice Stone Ilchman and the Frederick Ilchman Fund
The Alice Stone Ilchman Internship and the Frederick Ilchman Internship have been endowed by Warren Ilchman and the Ilchman family in recognition of how an internship at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection can transform a young person’s life. The Alice Stone Ilchman Fund is also supported by Abigail Gillespie and her son, Nathan Clements-Gillespie.
The Alice Stone Ilchman Fund

Established in 2008, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection internship program offers a scholarship each year dedicated to the late Alice Stone Ilchman. Educator, public servant, and philanthropist, Alice Ilchman endorsed in all her many responsibilities the value of internships – as she would say, “Work you can learn from.” Dr. Ilchman served on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, was Dean of Wellesley College, and President of Sarah Lawrence College. As a public servant, she was Assistant Secretary of State in the U.S. government, which included overseeing the Fulbright program and US libraries abroad. In philanthropy, among her many responsibilities, she was Chairman of the Board of the Rockefeller Foundation. With support from the Thomas Watson Foundation, she founded the Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship program that granted three summers of internships to fifteen undergraduate students annually. Some of her Watson Fellows interned at The Peggy Guggenheim.

The Alice Stone Ilchman Scholarship enables a young student of art, art history or museum studies to participate for three months in the operations and educational programs of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, with a stipend of € 850 per month. Please note that interns eligible for the Alice Stone Ilchman Fund are selected from amongst the accepted applicants of the Internship Program. Applicants do not apply for this fund directly.

Ines Geraldes Cardoso
[Alice Stone Ilchman intern, August-October 2013]
My internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is an experience that will stay with me forever. As an intern, I came to intimately know an extraordinary collection of international repute; through a sustained contact with its incredible masterpieces, I not only discovered the fascinating life of Peggy Guggenheim, but I also delved into a beautiful microcosm that allowed me to follow and learn from the progression of art in the twentieth century. It was particularly enriching to develop my ability of interpreting and communicating art through talks and tours to the general public, and it felt extremely rewarding to work in an exceptionally constructive, intellectual and social environment, where I constantly grew through the rich exchange of ideas between my fellow interns. I benefited from the generosity of the staff in sharing their crucial knowledge about the daily operation of the Museum, and I had the opportunity to participate in diverse projects that broadened my understanding of the many different realms of the art world. It was a privilege to experience all of this in the immersive cultural backdrop of Venice at the time of the Art Biennale and to share it with a group of wonderful people of varied international backgrounds, with whom I have made unforgettable friendships. I have no doubt that everything I lived and learned during the short span of these three months will be of immeasurable value for my professional and personal life. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Ilchman family for their generous support in making this experience possible.

Helena Lugo
[Alice Stone Ilchman intern, July-September 2012]
When you start your day working in a museum among Pollocks, Kandinskys, Giacomettis and Picassos, you just sharpen your desire and intensify your passion to continue working in the field of art. Working at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection gave me the opportunity to gain experience, to learn the processes that take place in museums, to interact with guests, to develop tools in the museum area, etc. To sum up: it helped me to start building up a life in which art becomes my way of living. But little did I know, it was not only about an academic experience, it was not just about learning another language, delving into modern art or gaining knowledge in different areas; it was also about living in a beautiful city, working with wonderful people and making friendships that hopefully would last forever. This experience, enhanced by the generous contribution of the Alice Stone Ilchman Fellowship, was not only professional, but personal, and it enriched me in a way I had never imagined.

Hyunjee Nicole Kim
[Alice Stone Ilchman intern, October-December 2011]
As an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, I was not only given a chance to work and study at one of the world’s finest collections of modernist art, but also given a chance to interact with a group of extremely bright and intellectually curious students and scholars. The work routine provided me with essential knowledge of day-to-day operations at a museum. The community nature of the internship program allowed me to meet and collaborate with intelligent young women and men from various parts of the world, exposing me to numerous global viewpoints essential in discussing art. The Alice Stone Ilchman Fund has enabled me to participate in one of the most exciting internship opportunities afforded to students of art and art history, and I would like to extend my gratitude to the Ilchman family for their generosity and support. My time in Venice was undoubtedly rewarding.

Alberto Rios de la Rosa
[Alice Stone Ilchman intern, June-August 2010]
My experience at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice taught me the responsibilities that the daily operation of a museum entails. I acted as a docent, giving private tours and public talks on the collection as well as a seminar on the topic of Museums of the 21st Century in Europe. Participation in this comprehensive program has made me more skilled at the most representative currents of Western modern art. I would like to thank the Alice Stone Ilchman Fund for trusting in me and for giving me the opportunity me to live in such a terrific place for three months. Working with people from all over the world that shared the same passion for the arts and the collection was certainly a unique and unforgettable experience.

Taneka Washington
[Alice Stone Ilchman intern, August-October 2010]
The Peggy Guggenheim Internship was unlike any other experience I have ever had. Being in a museum setting day in and day out was unlike anything you could ever learn in a classroom. I enjoyed interacting with the guests not only during scheduled talks and tours, but also just while guarding. So not only did I meet a number of great people who interned with me, I met tons of interesting people who were just visiting the museum. Being part of the internship program made me feel a part of a huge family of people who enjoy art, the Guggenheim legacy and the many joys of living in Italy. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Olujimi Akili Tommasino
[Alice Stone Ilchman intern, June-August 2008 ]
For an aspiring museum professional, my internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection was the opportunity of a lifetime. I gained a wealth of knowledge over the brief period of three months. My presentations on the museum's uniquely comprehensive and internationally acclaimed collection broadened my understanding of modern art as did my participation in the seminar component of the program in which I both taught and learned from my fellow interns. I benefited from the shared expertise of the magnanimous staff while collaborating on a host of special projects. Central to this overwhelmingly positive experience was my immersion in the culture of the beautiful city of Venice. I will ever be thankful to the Ilchman family for making this dream a reality.

Frederick Ilchman
The Frederick Ilchman Fund

Beginning in 2014, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has offered the Frederick Ilchman Internship, thanks to a generous donation of Warren Ilchman and family.
Frederick Ilchman has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, since 2001. His role expanded in 2009 when he was named the Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings and served as lead curator for the acclaimed “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” (2009), an exhibition organized jointly with the Musée du Louvre. He was appointed Chair, Art of Europe, in 2014 and co-curated the exhibition “Goya: Order and Disorder” (2014). Frederick holds degrees in art history from Princeton and Columbia Universities, and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He is a member of the board and Project Director of Save Venice Inc. He credits his 1992 internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for helping shape his life's work.

Each year a recipient is selected based on academic record, career goals, and above all, motivation to pursue a career in art history and/or curatorship. Please note that interns eligible for the Frederick Ilchman Fund are selected from amongst the accepted applicants of the Internship Program. Applicants do not apply for this fund directly.