Attention current Colby College students—the Lunder Institute for American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art is seeking applicants for the following paid student internships:
Student Organizer for Senior Fellow Dread Scott
The Lunder Institute seeks one student to serve as intern to artist and Lunder Institute Senior Fellow Dread Scott for 8-12 hours per week. Dread Scott, in his own words, “makes revolutionary art to propel history forward.” His work is exhibited across the United States and internationally. For over 30 years Scott has played with fire—metaphorically and sometimes literally. Through works ranging from performance, photography and screen printing, to installation and video, Scott asks viewers to look soberly at America’s past and at our present. The intern will collaborate on a year-long research and practice project surrounding the topic of fugitivity as it relates to the artist’s ideas and the Arts and Humanities theme of Freedom and Captivity.
Candidates for the internship must be reliable, organized, and capable of working independently. They must also have strong written and verbal communication skills. Interns should have experience with or strong interest in learning community organizing and/or public programming; they are also expected to demonstrate interest in learning more about activism through art. Students with connections to Abolitionist groups in Maine will be prioritized. Interns will meet with the Institute fellow via Zoom; conduct community-based and other forms of research relegated to the artist’s work with Colby; participate in one or two scheduled events related to Scott’s October visit to the Colby campus and assist with the promotion and production of this event; and check in with their supervisor on a weekly basis. Rising juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Khristina Kurasz, Lunder Institute manager of operations, no later than September 24, 2021.
Lunder-Buck Internship Program on Art and Environment
The Lunder Institute for American Art and the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment seeks a Research and Studio Assistant to work on a project related to the intersection between art and the environment. Throughout the fall semester, the RA will work collaboratively to assist E. Saffronia Downing on a Residential Fellowship appointment for the Lunder Institute.This person will focus on Maine’s brick-making history.
This interdisciplinary internship program is geared towards a student with interest in Environmental Studies or Geology and Art or Art History. Duties will include research on materiality, geology, and industrial history, help processing clay, and conducting site-specific research in central Maine. The project includes hands-on fieldwork related to clay deposits and defunct brickyards. Additional responsibilities may include preparation for and participation in public programming related to the project.
The RA will work 5 hours per week and report to the Lunder Institute’s Manager of Programs. Ideal candidates are rising sophomores and juniors, with an interest in archival research, art-making, material culture, geology, and experimental ecologies. Interested applicants should submit cover letter addressing your interests and relevant experience, a resume, and a list of two references to Gabriel Chalfin-Piney. Application materials in the form of a single PDF are due by September 24, 2021.