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The Bucher-Loewenstein Internship Award In Classics

Bucher-Loewenstein Interns chosen for Cetamura, Summer 2024; Landscape and LiDAR to be themes

This is the third year in which museum interns will be sponsored by the generous donations to FSU of Suzanne Bucher in memory of her husband Robert Loewenstein. The interns will work in Italy, at the archaeological site of Cetamura del Chianti, and will curate their own archaeological exhibition at the FSU Study Center in Florence, according to Nancy de Grummond, director of the FSU International Program of Cetamura, called Archaeology in Tuscany. 


The students selected in competition for the internship are Allison Boroff and Sarah Moloney, students with a strong background in Classics, Art History and Museum Studies.

Allison Boroff is a fourth-year undergrad student at FSU majoring in Studio Art and Art History, while pursuing a Museum Studies minor. Her goal after graduating this summer is to go to graduate school in the fall, hopefully in a Master’s program in Art History and Museum Studies. Beyond her academic career, her goal is to become a museum curator. This internship combines her career interests in museum curation and design with her undergraduate studies in the Italian language. She is very excited to bookend her undergraduate studies gaining hands-on museum experience in Italy this summer.

Sarah Moloney is passionate about ancient art and archeology, especially that of the Etruscans, and is very excited about digging at Cetamura.   She is currently a graduate student in FSU’s Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies master’s program. Sarah also attended FSU as an undergraduate and got her degree with a double major in Classical Civilizations and Editing, Writing, and Media. Becoming a museum curator is her career goal; she feels that the Bucher-Loewenstein internship is the perfect opportunity for her to gain experience curating an exhibition. For the next step in her graduate education when she gets back from Cetamura, she will be interning at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.


Their exhibition, “Living off the Land: The Etruscans at Cetamura del Chianti,” is scheduled to open on Monday, June 3, in the Ruth A. Owen Galleria Belle Arti at the FSU Study Center in Florence.  (On the naming of the gallery, see

The Interns will concentrate on presenting the environment of Cetamura and the Chianti region, referring to the forests and water resources and agricultural initiatives such as the cultivation by the Etruscans of wine grapes, among the earliest known in the famous wine district of Chianti. Their display will include geological samples of rock and soil, as well as scoriae and other debris from the industrial area of Cetamura where iron was worked.


A vital new research project involving LiDAR, laser scanning of the surfaces of the hill of Cetamura and the surrounding territory, will be unveiled as part of the show. The ambitious undertaking is sponsored by a special donation from John Goldthwaite of Asheville, North Carolina. The exciting new data generated will receive its first public presentation at the “Living off the Land” exhibition.

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