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public art internship

updated wed 27 sep 00


Christy Hengst on wed 27 sep 00

To Students of Art and Clay:

Public Art Internship Available
November 2000 =96 February 2001
Santa Fe, NM

Help with the building of a tiled steel bus stop in the downtown area.=20
Room, board and stipend provided in exchange for 32 hours per week work
on the project. =20
The Project offers an opportunity for immersion into the processes
of high-fire, hand-made tile and public art. We will be working with
clay to create several tile mosaic murals for the bus stop. The murals
will be based on maps and systems of orientation. The bus stop is a
collaboration with blacksmith Helmut Hillenkamp, who will be forging the
iron structure of the shelter. Work experience will include: developing
templates for the maps, making stoneware tiles, bisquing, glazing,
firing the cone ten reduction kiln, assembly of mural and installation.=20
There may be opportunity to be involved with some of the metalwork as
well if so desired.
Room and Board. The intern will have his/her own large room with
bath and separate entrance. The house is walking distance to downtown
and has a hot tub. Stipend is $200/month. Meals to be a combination of
cooking together and separately, work lunches usually in restaurants.
Santa Fe has a high concentration of people working in the arts,
crafts, and alternative ways of thinking. There are three cultures
coexisting: Native, Hispanic and White. High desert climate with
beautiful hiking and ski area nearby. =20
Requirements: a commitment to be with the project from beginning
to end, an excitement about the work, and a willingness to work together
and keep good communication during the process. Hours will be
Mon-Thurs. 9-5. No previous experience with clay is necessary, but a
good visual sense and an openness to learn are important.
For Photos of the project maquette and other work by Christy and
Helmut, visit the website

To Apply, please send letter of interest to Christy Hengst, 507 Kathryn
St. Santa Fe, NM 87501. Or, in the interest of time, e-mail at or call at
(505) 986-9928.