Thank you for your interest in our internship program. We hope your experience becomes a stepping-stone for you and your work.
The internship program at Sculpture Trails has been one of the more rewarding experiences of my life. Over the past six years I have helped continue the work that has made Sculpture Trails one of the larger, and certainly unique sculpture parks in the nation.
Through the course of the month you will be assisting participant artists in ramming up to 4,000 lbs. sand molds, pouring the molds, finishing casting, and installing the completed work. You will also help maintain the museum grounds. There are trees that have to be cut for sites and trails, trenches have to be dug for irrigation, sites must be leveled, concrete poured, sculpture installed all in the woods with minimal use of power tools. During the month we also have several maintenance and expansion projects including restoring sculpture in the permanent collection as well as fixing up the casting barn and cabin.
You will learn: alternative pattern making techniques, various mold making techniques, iron blast furnace operation, casting techniques, finishing processes for cast iron, landscape architecture (as applied to outdoor sculpture), public sculpture installation, grounds maintenance, and carpentry. There is no telling what else will happen this year that allows us to develop new methods for solving the unique issues thrown our way.
I want to be clear that being an intern at the Trails will not consist of sitting at a desk and getting afternoon coffee. This will be work!
We work very hard during the workshops usually pouring over 17,000 lbs. of iron into over 40,000 lbs. of sand molds while installing 20 + sculptures including our own. It is grueling and not for the faint of heart, but in the end it will be a rewarding and memorable lifetime experience.
Please complete the folowing fields to be eliable for the internship program.
This program will book up fast! Good luck and I’ll see you on the Trails.
Program Director 859-619-8891
cell (Please call if you have any Q’s I will be happy to help)