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The Glass Studio Assistantship Program

Assistants at work. Or play.

The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio is now accepting applications for the SPRING 2016 session.
(Jan. 15–July 15, 2016)

Applications are due by midnight on Oct. 10, 2015.

Orientation: If selected, there is a weeklong orientation process prior to the start date. Spring 2016 orientation dates are Jan. 11–15, 2016.

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
   FALL SEMESTER: July 15–Jan. 15, 2017

The Assistantship is an unpaid artist residency program. Housing and personal studio space are not provided. Therefore, Assistants often seek part-time work to help cover these costs. Those individuals with jobs are given priority when scheduling. Each Studio Assistant is assigned the following weekly responsibilities:

  1. One dedicated day to support the Studio programming (8 hours)
  2. Monday-morning meetings and cleanup (4 hours)
  3. TA one Partner class (approximately 6 hours per week)
  4. One noon demo per week to operate the video cameras (1 hour)

In exchange for their dedication and time Assistants are provided the following:

  1. Weekly Monday mentored professional development workshops (see detailed curriculum outlined below)
  2. FREE technical skill sessions that address different topics each session driven by Assistant interests, including: pate de verre, stained glass, neon, flameworking, Rayzist, decals, and blowing.
  3. Studio Access from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., 7 days a week (with some additional evening hours). Public hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  4. 2 hours a week of personal hot shop time (and assist their partner for 2 hours)
  5. Full access to the cold shop during Studio open hours
  6. Kiln access, restricted to space availability (small kiln is free; larger kilns have usage fees)
  7. Gallery space to mount a solo exhibition
  8. Half scholarship awards to staff-taught classes
  9. Participation commission-free in the Studio’s quarterly sales
  10. FREE Museum Member benefits
  11. 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 more unique aspects of the program

Weekly professional development workshops address the following:

  1. Behind-the-scenes looks into museum careers with tours of the Chrysler Museum collection, conservation, storage, and Jean Outland Chrysler Library’s research facilities.
  2. Research the Chrysler Museum collection and design/propose a project in response.
  3. Writing workshops, including personal biography, artist statement, resume, and museums proposal development/review
  4. Artist documentation and image archiving practices
  5. Business cards, website development, and newsletter production
  6. Public speaking seminar
  7. Basic artist business practices: invoicing, pricing, accounting, and taxes
  8. Best application practices and submission for three different artist opportunities

The traveling Assistant Position goes to a recent M.F.A. graduate: During each session, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio accepts one Traveling Assistant. This positon 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 further afar 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 specifically for this position.

Applicants should submit the following electronically:

  1. A letter of interest outlining studio experience and personal goals for the program
  2. Current resume
  3. Up to five images of their work, or a link to their online portfolio
  4. 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 Glass Studio Programming Director, at cpotter@chrysler.org. The eEmail 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.