Land Art Practice Internship, Artelia Court, Easthampton, MA


Artelia Court is a mature sculptor and writer who has practiced in both fields  since she was 16. After some 45 years professional life in New York City and New Mexico, Artelia recently moved her studio to a former auto-repair shop in Easthampton MA, a rapidly growing arts town 4 miles south of Northampton.

Artelia’s credits include arts and culture journalism for the Sunday Los Angeles Times, the Sunday New York Times and the University of California Press (Berkeley) and Tree Communications; sculpture instruction at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC); writing instruction at City University of New York; arts residencies at the Wurlizer Foundation (Taos, NM); and sculpture exhibitons in New York City and New Mexico galleries and the Museum of Women in the Arts

Artelia’s sculpture is conceptually sophisticated and shows a surrealistic sensibility, bold design and color, and could be described as post-post-modern, figurative, but non-realistic. It is highly refined in its craft, complex and rich in imagery and pictorial nuance. Its subject matter is taken often from Nature and the peculiar relations between human beings and their natural environments.

Artelia ‘s dedication as citizen naturalist has led her to one of her newest undertakings: a land art project  utilizing the ancient land-management practice called “hugelkulture." This project is a departure from her earlier work, in scale and subject.

Internship Description:

The intern for this land art project will learn the skills involved in “hugelkulture”, or (in English) mound culture, a method of using forest and field debris to create extremely fertile beds for small scale farming. Here, the method will be used to build land forms which are part of a land art design. Their fertility, and planting, will be a vital aspect of the design.    

A good part of  the internship will be spent out of doors, preparing materials for and helping shape land forms and drawing guidelines for them. The intern’s time in the studio will be spent helping to build 3 dimensional models and paper plans and sections for the project. On-line research and reporting on the land form work of other artists, ancient and modern, will be also be called for.

Land art of large scale is physical work and inevitably a collaboration. The intern will often work hand to hand with Artelia and other contributors to the project (i.e. the occasional earth-moving machine operator). The best match for this opportunity will be an intern who is physically strong, who can undertake a variety of tasks as they arise, and who will feel free to contribute to the strategy and concept of the project as called for. Reliability, interest in the social aspects of art and skills or experience related to land form building will all be desireable traits. Enthusiasm and sensitivity are much appreciated.

Period of Internship/Employment: Winter or Spring

Opportunity Type: Part-time internship, unpaid. Reasonable transportation costs will be reimbursed.

Location: Downtown Easthampton, MA (4 miles from central Northampton by car)

Application Due Date: Rolling

Required Degree: None absolutely required. Experience or skills in the fields of studio art, construction and/or engineering, on-line research, forestry, farming and/or model making would all be good background for this project.

Contact: Artelia Court,

How to Apply: Send a cover letter describing your background and the nature of your interes to Artelia Court at