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About the Program
Since 1991, MOA’s Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative art projects. Assisted by professional artists in residence, Design and Build participants produce exciting and original site-specific art works for MOA’s gallery and public spaces in the Denver metro area. Interns find creative solutions to practical challenges as they master the skills to transform their creative ideas into finished pieces.
The program generates temporary public art/exhibitions and offers lessons in collaborative teamwork, problem-solving and aesthetic and technical considerations. From concept to installation, students must consider all elements of the public art process, including environmental concern, safety, budgeting, project design, proposal writing, maquette making, construction, installation and removal. When installed, Design and Build artworks enliven the everyday life of the community.
If you are an undergraduate, graduate bound or emerging artist and are interested in cross training in different areas of the artistic process, then this is the program for you. Below you will find information about the two sessions of Design and Build that MOA currently offers.
MOA offers an Outreach Session, which is produced through outreach with local high schools and university programs. This session typically results in a site-specific, temporary, outdoor public art piece. Please contact the Program Director and let us know if your school is interested in working on a Design and Build project in the future.
Studio Art Session (summer internship / apprenticeship):
We also offer a full-time summer Studio Art Session apprenticeship / internship that operates out of the MOA Design and Build studio at the MOA headquarters in Englewood. Unlike our Outreach Session, candidates must apply for the Studio Art Session. College credit may be earned through the summer program. Summer participants are also awarded a $2,000 stipend which is intended to off-set living expenses throughout the summer program. Open to undergrads, graduate bound and emerging artists (academic enrollment is not a requirement to apply).
MOA does NOT provide housing. Participants are responsible for locating and securing their own summer housing if coming from out of the Denver area.
How to Apply
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Design and Build 2018 Summer Studio Art Session Information:
MOA is seeking up to 10 apprentices / interns for summer of 2018 to work under the direction of a professional local artist. Participants will have an opportunity to collaboratively create a body of work for MOA’s main indoor gallery. Interns will collaborate and pre-produce a large portion of an immersive exhibition coming to MOA in 2019. From concept development, proposal review, materials procurement, timeline and budget management, to creation and installation, this immersive 8-week program will provide interns the opportunity to participate completely in the art making process. Participants will be working indoors at our headquarters studio. All materials and tools will be provided by MOA. Open to undergrads, graduate bound and emerging artists (academic enrollment is not a requirement to apply).
This year’s program will begin in June 11, 2018 and conclude August 3, 2018 (8 weeks total). Work hours are M-F, 9:30am-5pm and a $2,000 stipend will be provided to all participating apprentices. School credit may also be available per your school’s requirements. The application period for 2018 is now closed. Sign up below for email notifications on future Design and Build Opportunities. All application materials must be submitted as a SINGLE PDF through our online application portal. Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by your recommenders by no later than March 30th. Letters of recommendation should be on company, university or personal letterhead. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
- Cover Letter
- Digital Portfolio (at least 5, but no more than 10 examples of past creative work)
- One Letter of Recommendations (should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org separately by writer)
*Note- Applicant MUST be available for the entire duration of the program as this is an intensive, collaborative program.
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Past Design and Build Projects