Each year the Hirshhorn’s Conservation Department implements a maintenance program for its outdoor sculpture collection. For the 2016 season, the Museum is offering conservation internships spanning twelve weeks between May and August. These positions carry a modest stipend.
The Sculpture Conservation Internship is designed for candidates in the pre-program phase of their conservation careers. The participants will receive hands-on introduction in outdoor sculpture conservation and maintenance and will assist in conducting gallery inspections, monitoring environmental conditions in the collection spaces, and maintaining a clean work space.
SCOPE OF MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
The Hirshhorn has more than sixty sculptures situated throughout its Sculpture Garden and Plaza. The objects, which range in size from three to more than sixty feet in height, are made from a variety of materials, including stone, glass, bronze, iron, aluminum, and steel. The artworks receive annual maintenance conservation treatments that may include detergent washing and the application of protective surface coatings; occasionally there is a need for treatments that require a greater degree of intervention. This work can be strenuous and is performed mostly outdoors in hot and humid conditions.
Applications must be completed online at https://solaa.si.edu no later than Friday, February 19, 2016. Any questions about the internship should be directed to chief conservator Gwynne Ryan at RyanGW@si.edu. For more information about the Museum’s collection, please visit the collection.