2021 applications are due by December 31st 2020
Join us during the summer for an internship that runs during our Cast Iron Sculpture Workshops. This experience can be a fantastic stepping-stone for you, your artwork, and your career as you work alongside experienced artists and interns from all over the US and the world.
You will have the opportunity to learn: alternative pattern making techniques, various mold making techniques, iron blast furnace operation, various casting techniques, finishing processes for cast iron, landscape architecture (as applied to outdoor sculpture), public sculpture installation, grounds maintenance, and basic carpentry. Every year is a little different so there is no telling what other learning opportunities may come along.
Throughout the course of the month you will be assisting participant artists in ramming up sand molds, pouring the molds, finishing castings, and installing the completed work. You will also help maintain the museum grounds. There are trees that have to be cut for sites and trails, trenches have to be dug for drainage, sites must be leveled, concrete poured, sculptures installed. All of this is done in the woods with the minimal use of power tools. During the month we also have several maintenance and expansion projects such as restoring sculptures in the permanent collection as well as fixing up the buildings on the property and educational outreach programming. There will also be time set aside for each intern to work on their own molds and produce their own pieces.
We work very hard during the workshops usually pouring over 30,000 lbs. of iron into over 50,000 lbs. of sand molds while installing 10 + sculptures, and hopefully our own. It is grueling work and not for the faint of heart, but in the end it will be a rewarding and memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience.