Spring Studio Assistantship
A work exchange including professional development, technical workshops, and studio engagement
Application Deadline: Thursday, October 10, 2019 at midnight
Orientation: January 11–15, 2020
The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio (CMGS) 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 six-month 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, audio-visual support, and special events for up to 20 hours a week. As public representatives of the Chrysler Museum of Art, Studio Assistants must have strong verbal and interpersonal skills and be willing and eager to be positive contributing members of the team. Studio Assistants must have significant (2–3 years) glassblowing experience and be able to lift at least 50 lbs. The Assistantship is an unpaid experiential program. Housing and food are not provided.
There are two competitive six-month assistantship sessions per year:
SPRING SEMESTER: Mid-January–Mid-July
FALL SEMESTER: Mid-July–Mid-January
Time Requirements: People with full-time responsibilities (school/job) are highly discouraged from applying as they are unable to take full advantage of the program and its benefits. Assistants often seek part-time employment. Assistants’ part-time jobs are taken into consideration when scheduling.
Each Studio Assistant is assigned weekly studio responsibilities approximating 20 hours a week:
- Up to two dedicated days to support CMGS programming
- Clean up and bi-weekly studio meeting
Additional involvement throughout the semester may include:
- Third Thursday Performance Series (monthly; approximately 10 hours including dress rehearsal and performance)
- Participation in the Visiting Artist Series, guest artist visits, and lectures
- Personal Studio visits with guest artists
- Participation in two-day Studio sales (commission-free)
- Community arts district projects
Outside of these stated responsibilities, Studio Assistants can expect to spend ample time each week focused on their personal artistic practice, including:
- Three-hour mentored professional development workshops (detailed curriculum outlined below)
- Research relating to a professional development workshop
- Two hours of personal hot shop time and partner assist for 2 hours
- Three-hour technical skill sessions that address topics driven by Assistant interests, including pâte de verre, stained glass, neon, flameworking, powder printing, decals, and blowing
Assistants are provided:
- Personal studio space in the adjacent building with 24-hour access
- Daily Glass Studio access from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (with some additional evening hours). Public hours are Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Full access to the cold shop during Studio open hours
- Kiln access (restricted to space availability)
- Flame access (restricted to space availability)
- Gallery space to mount an exhibition
- Partial scholarship awards to CMGS classes taught by Studio staff
- Commission-free participation in the Studio’s semiannual sale
- One-year Museum Member benefits
- 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:
- Behind-the-scenes looks into museum careers with tours of the Chrysler Museum of Art collection, conservation, storage, and Jean Outland Chrysler Library’s research facilities
- Research of the Museum collection followed by a project design or proposal
- Professional workshops, including personal biography, artist statement, resume, and museum proposal development/review
- Artist documentation and image archiving practices
- Business cards, website development, and newsletter production
- Public speaking seminar
- Basic artist business practices: invoicing, pricing, accounting, and taxes
- Best application practices and submission for three different artist opportunities
- Recent graduates with a BFA or BA in glass or equivalent experience in the field are eligible for the Studio Assistantship.
- Students actively enrolled in college are not eligible due to time restrictions.
During each session, the Chrysler Museum of Art Perry Glass Studio accepts one Resident Assistant. The Museum provides a free apartment for this assistant during the duration of the term. This assistant 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.
Applicants should submit the following electronically:
- A letter of interest, addressed to the Studio Manager, outlining studio experience and personal goals for the program
- Current resume
- Five to ten images of your work and an image list
- Three references with contact information
Please send questions to the Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Previously accepted Assistants may apply for additional terms. If selected, they may participate in up to two sessions total, which need not be consecutive.