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Meet Veronica Bellocci of Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Veronica Bellocci.

Veronica, an Art History major and recent graduate from the University of San Diego, was selected as the first Thomas C. Ackerman Curatorial Fellow at the Timken.

Funded by the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation in partnership with the University of San Diego the curatorial fellowship allows a post-undergraduate USD student from Department of Art, Architecture + Art History the opportunity for unique research experiences and in-depth professional training at the Timken museum of Art.

If you’ve visited the Timken lately you’ve seen the fruit of Veronica’s talents on display as she assists with their exhibitions — acquiring objects, creating object labels, installing, and uninstalling the art pieces and co-curate the current exhibition with Derrick Cartwright called The Romantic Impulse, In the American Landscape Tradition. Behind the scenes, she has enhanced the museum’s curatorial files with provenance research, registrar duties, and curatorial research.

They are grateful to the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation for establishing the annual Curatorial Fellowship (the only paid fellowship in San Diego’s museum community) and Veronica’s passion, creativity, and skills. Being first generation Italian-American education was very important to my family. Her culture has inspired her passion for a deep appreciation of art and she is very excited about the yearlong opportunity to work with the Timken by contributing a unique perspective to this collaboration. This fellowship allows her to explore the different opportunities available in museums and allows her to pursue her focus for graduate school, a path she will follow through with after her time in the Timken.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
An exciting project I have been focusing on is updating a filing system that hasn’t changed in decades. It has peeked my interest to research each individual art piece in depth in order to better catalogue them. I wish to specialize my further studies in graduate school in Renaissance art and I wish to be known as a curator that explores in-cooperates contemporary pieces with old masters, making it relatable in today’s society.

Please tell us about Timken Museum of Art.
About the Timken:

Known as San Diego’s jewel box of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art is home to a world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons.
The Timken’s simple elegant building, opened to the public in 1965, was designed to showcase the collection to the greatest advantage.

The midcentury modern building, designed by Frank Hope and Associates, is located in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama and is considered the second most important mid-century building in San Diego, after Louis Kahn’s iconic Salk Institute.

The Timken’s scale provides visitors with an accessible cultural experience that allows for the discovery of the collection in an intimate setting. Visitors are treated to art without barriers, and, with daily free admission, are encouraged to take their time and explore centuries of artistic genius.

The collection features masterworks that cover over 700 years of history and a tour de force of artists that include Rembrandt, Jacques-Louis David, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Petrus Christus, and John Singleton Copley. Ranging from 14th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits and landscapes to 19th-century still life paintings, the collection is superb. The Timken is considered one of the finest small museums in the world. The Timken also offers art and education programs in the museum and to the community.

The Timken is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. What sets us apart from other museums is that Admission is always Free.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would wish to have no fear of taking chances and saying yes to those opportunities that come knocking at my door. However, I would not change anything major. Through my experiences at the Timken and the University of San Diego I have grown into the woman I am today and I am grateful for those times I did say yes!

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