Internships at Liberty Arts
Liberty Arts is currently exploring funding opportunities for its 2017 Summer Sculptural Internship Program. If funding becomes available in a reasonable amount of time, we will post a submission timeline for internship applications here.
Summer Sculptural Internship
This internship will help us on a day-to-day basis by having our intern share some of our workload – glaze testing, kiln building, teaching assistance, widget making, metal grinding/finishing of larger pieces. In the bigger picture we see the success of this internship in sharing our vision with a wider audience. He/she will be helping us to grow really meaningful internship program for future students interested in a one-of-a-kind experience leading to further collaborations with educational communities up and down the East Coast.
We are passionate about the sculptural arts and what they can do for a community. Our intern will experience that passion with older artists, some of whom still have day jobs and make time to come in when they can and others who make our living here at Liberty Arts. We all bring different life experiences and strengths to the table. While the cost of rent for a space is low, our involvement in making our organization work is high. It’s a requirement of membership and we hold each other to it. Those accepted have gone through a rigorous evaluation and selection process, making it clear that we expect a serious commitment and consistent effort, not only to their craft, but also to the community of Liberty Arts and our mission.
Our intern will be given a dedicated space for his/her own work with access to tools and time to explore. That space will be very much in and among us. We share and ask for constructive criticism from each other on a regular basis and will definitely include him/her and his work in this feedback.
We also look forward to being and keeping in touch with the teaching institution and the intern’s advisors to help us further develop our internship program and ensure that this is as meaningful an experience as possible for both the intern and Liberty Arts.
Internship application Instructions
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Internship" containing the following documents:
• Letter of Intent: Your goals/hopes for what you would like to put in/take back to school in the way of experience
• 3 references - past employer, professor, counselor (just suggestions)
• Your artist statement
• Photographs of your work – at least five (5)
A couple of paragraphs for each statement is sufficient. No formatting requirements. If you have any questions about any of these requests please ask.
Testimonials from our past interns
"Liberty Arts is truly a one of a kind community that I was so fortunate to be a part of. I was able to work alongside many of the artists there, as well as develop my own pieces. I learned how to throw pots on the wheel, hand build pipes, construct furniture, weld, work with metal, create molds, and pour in the foundry. There is no shortage of knowledge or a helping hand at Liberty Arts, and that truly made my experience there productive and enriching.
Liberty Arts gave me a view into what I want my daily work life to be like. To be able to come and work with a group of people who are so helpful, open, and collaborative was truly amazing. I think it is rare to find a community that has that amount of care and positive regard for one another. There is no doubt that my summer at Liberty Arts taught me lifelong skills and helped me grow as a whole. Never before had I felt like a real artist and a professional equal. Liberty Arts is made up of an incredible group of people, and I will never forget them, or the summer I spent at this studio."
~ Mia Kaplan, Earlham College
"Liberty Arts is located in a noisy, dusty, large, and hot (or, as I’m told, quite cold in the winter) warehouse space in Durham, North Carolina. It is the kind of place where ones goes to get messy and work hard and to be surrounded by others who are excited to do the same. It was the perfect place for me to create sculpture; to take ideas that had been turning around in my head and on paper and bring them into the world to exist in three dimensions. While working on my own projects was an important part of my summer internship at the studio and foundry, I also spent a lot of time assisting and learning from the artists there. I had the opportunity to work with almost all of them, and some of them very closely. I was able to see the different processes that each artist follows on his/her way to creating a finished sculpture.
While at Liberty Arts I relearned how to throw on the wheel, and learned how to mix glazes from scratch, build sculptures using slabs of clay, build and fire a raku kiln, make resin-bonded sand molds for casting metal, and make tobacco pipes. I made twenty-nine pots on the wheel, nine sculptures, and two pipes. These lists of what I learned and made are one way to quantify my time at Liberty Arts, but they fail to capture the entirety of my experience. It was really the people that made the place and my time there so special. The artists of Liberty Arts welcomed me in with open arms from day one and made me feel at home in a new city where I did not know anyone upon arriving. Having twelve other artists intermittently around was motivating and inspiring, and made it very easy to receive feedback on pieces that I was working on. Liberty Arts became a place that I consider a home, and being a part of this creative community of artists made me realize that I want to find or create a similar community in the future."
~ Josh Ruder, rising senior, Brown University