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Internships at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

From: Gwynne Ryan <ryangw<-a>
Date: Monday, December 8, 2014
Outdoor Sculpture Conservation Summer Internship
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Each year the Conservation Department at the Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden implements a maintenance program for its outdoor
sculpture collection.  For the 2015 season, the Museum is offering
three full-time outdoor sculpture conservation internships spanning
twelve weeks between May and August.  These positions are unpaid.

The Sculpture Conservation Internship is designed for candidates in
the pre-program phase of their conservation career.  The
participants will receive a hands-on introduction to 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 Museum has more than
sixty sculptures situated throughout its sculpture garden and plaza
areas. 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 outdoor
sculptures 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.  The internship program also offers opportunities for
site visits to neighboring conservation laboratories and local
foundries throughout the summer.

Application Processd: Applications must be completed online at


no later than Friday, February 13, 2015.

Any questions about the internship should be directed to: Gwynne
Ryan <ryangw<-a t->si< . >edu>.  For more information about the Museum's
collection, please go to


Gwynne Ryan
Sculpture Conservator
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW
PO Box 37012
MRC 354
Washington DC 20013-7012
Fax: 202-357-3151

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Received on Monday, 8 December, 2014

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