WHAT IS HAHS?

The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program (HAHS) is a coalition of more than 30 museums that were the homes and working studios of American artists. Come, witness creativity.

Interns and Volunteers

Historic Artists' Homes and Studios is pleased to announce internship opportunities for both 2018 and 2019.  These internships are made possible through the generous support of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.  

HAHS is currently accepting applications for a 2018 internship.  All application materials must be submitted directly to the National Trust for Historic Preservation using the link below:  

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Internship

Please email cover letter and resume to 745699-CJB-0@nthp.hrmdirect.com

Details about the internship:

Title:  Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program (HAHS) Intern                          

Division: Preservation    

Department: Historic Sites

Office/Location:  Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA

Supervisor: Valerie Balint, Program Manager, HAHS

Proposed Dates:  June 1st – December 31st  (flexible)

Stipend:  $5,000.00 (pro-rated based on duration of internship) 

PROJECT  SUMMARY

This internship is funded by the Wyeth Foundation of American Art

Chesterwood, a Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a Massachusetts and National Historic Landmark, in Stockbridge, MA, seeks an intern focused on projects related to the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program (HAHS).  For more information about HAHS, see below and visit our website at www.artistshomes.org.

The internship position will help further the reach and impact of HAHS through scholarship and coalition building, a key goal outlined in the recently completed 5-Year Strategic Plan.  This internship experience will promote study and awareness of artists’ studios as multi-media sites of creativity.  The goal of the internship is to 1) train someone in the material culture and rich resources unique to historic house museums dedicated to the legacy of visual artists; 2) provide project experience and skills to a student or entry-level professional on substantial initiatives, with tangible outcomes, which can then be transferred to future professional positions; and 3) foster interest in HAHS as a suitable long-term focus for both scholarly and professional pursuit.

This internship and its related projects are meant to serve as a stimulus for sustained interest in HAHS sites, their artists, and research about artists’ homes as a critical aspect of art historical inquiry.

National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer or experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.

For this internship, the National Trust (through a grant award from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art) is offering a stipend of $5,000.00 to help offset expenses.  The period of the internship would be from approximately June 1st to December 31st for approximately 30 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule is available; stipend pro-rated based on duration of internship). 

DUTIES

The position will provide vital assistance to the varied and ambitious projects targeted for completion in 2018 and 2019.  The intern will:

  • Assist the Program Manager in producing the upcoming HAHS-site guidebook including compilation and organization of incoming materials from HAHS sites and guest writers, fact-checking, and research as needed.
  • Assist in completing a revised HAHS brochure which includes summary information and selected photos of HAHS’ 40 member sites
  • Assist with planning a HAHS-member workshop planned for April 2019 in the Berkshires.  These duties may include securing travel and hotel accomodations, organizing site visits and sercuring speakers for the workshop, and other tasks as needed.
  • Assist with planning of the HAHS colleagues’ international exchange tentatively scheduled for fall 2019 in Great Britain.
  • Review and update all contact files related to HAHS members or potential members, digital and/or hardcopy
  • Research, compile, write and post content related to HAHS, Artists’ Homes and Studios and other relevant topics on the HAHS website and through the HAHS, Chesterwood and National Trust social media platforms
  • Format content and images for the HAHS e-newsletter, which is sent out quarterly
  • Review and organize the archival materials gifted to HAHS by the family of Stephen May, scholar, HAHS champion and early National Advisory Committee member. Review of this material will help identify other potential sites for HAHS membership, photographs of extant and non-extant sites, and other primary source documents that could be used for digital exhibits, publications or in other intellectual pursuits to advance scholarship by HAHS and/or other professional colleagues.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and museum professionals in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations and historic house museums. Chesterwood, a National Historic Landmark, is the former summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). 
  • The intern will also have the opportunity to participate via webinar in educational programming offered through the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Washington Office internship program.  Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution. 

EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN

At the end of the project the intern will have assisted in the production of a publication on the preserved artists’ homes and studio comprising membership in HAHS, planning a HAHS workshop for its members and selected international colleagues, organzing an archive of HAHS research materials, and contributive material to HAHS’s social media presence which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.

  • A thorough understanding of management of a national museum-network program including administrative, organizational, and research practices. 
  • Experience in producing public programs and publications related to a national museum-network. 
  • Experience in creating and distributing communications content, both for print and online platforms. 
  • A knowledge of preserved spaces throughout the United States and abroad associated with the life and work of diverse artists throughout American art history.
  • Familiarity with current preservation, interpretation and programmatic best-practices and paradims for preserved artists’ homes and studio, now operating as public sites.
  • Some knowledge of the life and history of Daniel Chester French, renowned American sculptor, whose summer home and studio was at Chesterwood (a HAHS-member site), the administrator of the HAHS program.  French is best-known for the Minute Man in Concord, MA, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and was a leading artist in the American Renaissance  movement.
  • An understanding of historic preservation and “saving places” within the context of preserved artists’ homes and studios within the network.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Undergraduate (rising senior preferred) or graduate student majoring in art history, public history or museum studies, preferred.  Post graduate students and art history and/or art museum emerging professionals are also welcome to apply.
  • Some prior experience working in the art or museum field.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage a number of concurrent projects in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and digital photography. Familiarity with social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and use of digital media required.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including  issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills. 
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English.  Bi-lingual language skills a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
  • Must own or have access to a car. (Chesterwood is a relatively rural site.)
  • Candidates will be expected to provide their own housing, so students from local and regional colleges and universities are encouraged to apply. 

ABOUT THE HISTORIC ARTISTS’ HOMES & STUDIOS PROGRAM

HAHS is a professional network comprised of 40 preserved artists’ homes and studios throughout the country, now open as public sites. The network is administered by a dedicated manager based at Chesterwood. HAHS has a website which promotes its member properties and a list-serve that individual organizational members use to share and benefit the entire coalition in areas such as interpretation, preservation, scholarship, public programming, and communications. Representatives of HAHS sites meet tri-annually to discuss and debate common concerns and practices.

HAHS sites reflect the breadth and depth of art history in the United States. Members include sites dedicated to iconic American painters and sculptors, such as Frederic Church, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Jackson Pollock and Donald Judd, as well as those drawing public attention to lesser-known artists such as Clementine Hunter and T.C. Steele. Holistic artistic environments in natural settings such as those created by Georgia O’Keeffe at Abiquiu are represented in the network, as are several important artists’colonies such as The Florence Griswold home and Weir Farm, that served as creative hubs for many artists during their respective eras. www.artistshomes.org