The Chrysler Museum is the proud host of the international Glass Art Society Conference June 1-3, 2017
Deadline for the January 15-July 15 spring term is midnight on Monday, October 10th. Orientation: Spring 2017 orientation dates are January 9–13, 2017.
Of note: All Chrysler Museum Studio Staff and Adjunct Professors are graduates of the Assistantship. The Studio has hired exclusively from our pool of more than 70 alumni. The Studio Assistantship is an educational opportunity designed for emerging artists who have recently completed an undergraduate degree program in glass, or who are pursuing a professional career working in glass.
This program provides practical, professional studio experience in a museum setting. Studio Assistants contribute to the Studio’s operations by assisting with public glass demonstrations, public and college classes, maintenance, AV, and special events for up to 20 hours a week for the duration of the term. As Studio Assistants are in the public eye and are part of the community face of the Museum, it is a requirement that Assistants have strong verbal and interpersonal skills and be willing and eager to be a positive contributing member of the team. The physical ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and significant glassblowing experience are requirements.
There are two competitive six-month assistantship sessions per year:
• SPRING SEMESTER: Jan. 15–July 15. This session is dedicated to museum studies and conceptual practices.
• FALL SEMESTER: July 15–Jan. 15. This session is dedicated to multiples and learning different ways of prototyping. The Assistantship is an unpaid artist residency program. Housing and food are not provided. Assistants often seek part-time work to help cover these costs. Assistants with jobs are given priority when scheduling.
The opportunity to work with world-recognized masters in our Visiting Artist Series, Guest Instructor classes, and innovative Third Thursday evening performances. This is one of the most unique aspects of the program.
Weekly professional development workshops include the following: A. Behind-the-scenes looks into museum careers with tours of the Chrysler Museum collection, conservation, storage, and Jean Outland Chrysler Library’s research facilities B. Research of the Chrysler Museum collection followed by a project design or proposal C. Writing workshops, including personal biography, artist statement, resume, and museum proposal development/review D. Artist documentation and image archiving practices E. Business cards, website development, and newsletter production F. Public speaking seminar G. Basic artist business practices: invoicing, pricing, accounting, and taxes H. Best application practices and submission for three different artist opportunities.
The Traveling Assistant Position: During each session, the Chrysler Museum of Art Perry Glass Studio accepts one Traveling Assistant. This position will be awarded to a recent M.F.A. graduate. The Museum provides a free apartment for this Assistant during the duration of their term since the Traveler typically comes from a greater distance to participate in this certificate program. The Traveler has additional responsibilities and is expected to have more glass and studio practice experience. The Museum is not able to sponsor or facilitate visas. Please note in your letter of interest if you are applying for this position.
ELIGIBILITY: A. Recent graduates with BFA or BA in glass or equivalent experience in the field are eligible for the Studio Assistantship. B. Recent MFA graduates are eligible for the Traveling Studio Assistant position. C. Students actively enrolled in college are not eligible due to time restrictions. Applicants should submit the following electronically: A. A letter of interest outlining studio experience and personal goals for the program B. Current resume C. Up to five images of your work, or a link to your online portfolio D. List of three references with contact information Please do not exceed 10 MB in combined email attachment size or send data in multiple emails. Email all materials to Charlotte Potter, Chrysler Museum of Art Perry Glass Studio Programming Director, at [email protected] The Email subject line should read “Studio Assistantship Application.” Previously accepted Assistants may reapply for additional terms, and if selected, work up to two sessions. After the year term is complete, they officially graduate from the program and cannot continue to volunteer at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.
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